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As it is 5 years since the New Zealand Diploma in Child Protection (Level 5) was approved, NZQA requires a review of the qualification to be carried out.

There is currently only 1 training programme leading to this qualification, and this is being delivered by Child Matters (the Institute for Child Protection Studies Trust Incorporated).

Careerforce met with representatives of Child Matters as well as other key stakeholders to review qualification document and amend some sections to meet NZQA’s current requirements.

Main changes suggested from the review:

1.The graduate outcomes have been amended in order to:

  • meet current NZQA requirements, and
  • clarify that the qualification applies to ‘children and young people’.
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:
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Implement evidence-based and child-centred practice to protect and advocate for children in a range of environments.Implement evidence-based and child-centred practice to protect and advocate for the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in a range of environments.
Apply advanced strategies to identify, prevent and respond to child abuse and neglect and promote child safety and wellbeing.Apply advanced strategies to identify, prevent and respond to child abuse and neglect, and promote safety and wellbeing for children, young people and their family and/or whānau
Champion a culture of child protection in organisation and community settings.Model best practice in child protection in organisation and community settings to encourage consistent and safe responses to the needs of children and young people.
Facilitate and support families and whānau from diverse cultural contexts in a child-centred way to promote child safety and wellbeing.Engage with and support families and whānau from diverse cultural contexts in a child-centred way to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.

 

2.The listed requirements for assuring consistency have been updated:

  • meet current NZQA requirements, and
  • clarify and simplify the statements.
Evidence requirements for assuring consistency
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Evidence is expected to be based on self-assessment activities, for example:

  • destination data
  • graduate surveys or evaluations of the programme
  • stakeholder or ‘next-user’ surveys and feedback
  • evidence of any bench-marking activities with other education organisations (e.g. benchmarks relating to graduate employment outcomes, assessment practice, other benchmarks)
  • graduates’ assessment evidence (e.g. completed assessment activities, naturally occurring evidence)
  • national external moderation results
  • capstone events.
Evidence is expected to be based on self-assessment activities, for example:

  • analysis of graduate surveys or evaluations of the programme;
  • analysis of stakeholders’ surveys and feedback;
  • analysis of graduates’ assessment evidence (e.g. completed assessment activities, naturally occurring evidence);
  • evidence of effective internal quality assurance systems to assure that graduates meet the graduate outcomes of the qualification.

 

The full draft amended Qualification Document and Guidance Notes are available to view here.

If your organisation wishes to provide feedback on the proposed amended qualification document or the guidelines document, please reply to  ProductFeedback@Careerforce.org.nz before close of business 30 July 2021.