Common Core

The common core of skills and knowledge describes the skills and knowledge that everyone who works with children and young people is expected to have. The six areas of expertise in the common core offer a single framework to underpin multi-agency and integrated working, professional standards, training and qualifications across the children and young people's workforce. This includes those who work with children and young people all the time as well as those who work with children and young people as part of their job role. It includes both paid staff and volunteers. An overview of the children and young people's workforce is provided on page 4 of The Common Core of Skills and Knowledge document produced by the Department for Children Schools and Families.

The common core reflects a set of common values for practitioners that promote equality, respect diversity and challenge stereotypes. It helps to improve life chances for all children and young people, including those who have disabilities and those who are most vulnerable. It provides more effective and integrated services.

The six ares of expertise in the common core are:

  • effective communication and engagement with children, young people and families
  • child and young person development
  • safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the child or young person
  • supporting transitions
  • multi-agency and integrated working
  • information sharing

For more information, download The Common Core of Skills and Knowledge or see the Department for Education website.

Useful documents


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