The Key Capabilities (KC) in Child Care and Protection are designed to allow students within social work degree programmes to map their specific learning in this area whilst achieving the more generic Standards in Social Work Education (SiSWE). The KCs further allow social work students to evidence their learning in child care and protection by their progress being assessed at the mid and end points of the programme. Key Capabilities are essentially the key areas of learning that students should be capable of achieving in relation to child care and protection both during and by the end of their social work degree programme.
The Child Protection Training and Development Project was funded by the Scottish Executive and commissioned to the Scottish Institute for Excellence in Social Work Education. It was completed between 2004 and 2006 using a collaborative approach, with project staff working closely with academics and practitioners from across Scotland. (see Appendix 1). Project staff were drawn from the University of Dundee Child Protection Unit led by Professor Brigid Daniel with overall project management resting with the Institute.