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OU in Wales celebrates first cohort of students to gain the Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care Practice (Wales)

The Open University in Wales was delighted to celebrate the achievements of the first cohort of students to gain the Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care Practice (Wales), at a celebration event held at Cardiff City Hall recently. Students were joined by their sponsoring employers who supported them through their learning and by Sue Evans, Chief Executive of Social Care Wales and Louise Casella, Director of The OU in Wales.

The Certificate is the first qualification selected by Social Care Wales to provide the necessary knowledge, skills and values for the social care support roles specified in the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act (2014). The Certificate explores ideas about social care and social work – using case studies with children, older people, mental-health communities, children with disabilities and people with learning disabilities to apply learning to practice contexts.

Commenting on the event the OU in Wales’ Head of Social Work, Judith Davies, said:

“This was a fantastic day which celebrated the excellent achievement of our students, and reflected the unique position of the Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care Practice in the development of the social care workforce in Wales. Everyone present was encouraged by Sue Evans’ obvious commitment to social care and her words of encouragement to the students.”

Feedback from students completing the Certificate suggests that as a result of their study, social care practitioners better understand their role, are confident in using theory and reflection to inform their practice, and feel more valued in their teams. 

During the celebration event, a new Social Care Learning Hub was also launched. The Hub is an online platform showcasing the wide range of social care learning opportunities offered by the OU in Wales.

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