Level 3 Apprenticeship – Community Safety Advisor
A Community Safety Advisor works within local communities providing life-improving advice, guidance and interventions that support people to remain safe and reduce from risks of harm such as fire, falls, crime or due to the circumstances in which the individual is living.
A Community Safety Advisor will be part of a multi-agency team working in partnership with a wide range of organisations that provide support to the community.
Potential organisations you could be working for may include the emergency services, NHS and/or local authorities. Community Safety Advisors work in a wide range of different environments such as; homes, education centres, public buildings and at events.
A Community Safety Advisor needs to have a good understanding of the communities in which they work and be able to engage with all members of that community.
What Is The Equivalent Of A Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship?
Advanced apprenticeships are also known as level 3 apprenticeships and are equivalent to completing 2 A-levels. Often following on from an intermediate apprenticeship, advanced apprenticeships offer further training and qualifications, more money, and the chance to move on to both higher and degree apprenticeships in the future.
Level 3 Community Safety Advisor Apprenticeship
Their role is to raise awareness of specific issues relevant to the community, help reduce and minimise these risks, and provide appropriate and effective interventions to address these. Interventions could include brief advice, screening, signposting, fitting risk reduction equipment, advocacy, promoting self-help and providing literature and information. It is also important that they promote equality and diversity in their role.
The focus of the role will be dependent on the organisation in which the Community Safety Advisor is employed, national and local policy and priorities and the make up of the local community.
Upon completion of the Apprenticeship, the Community Safety Advisor will know
- The demographics and cultural sensitivities of the community and how this will impact on their work
- Vulnerability and societal risk factors such as: age, religion, minority ethnic groups, high areas of concentration of specific populations, cultural differences and how to identify and assess the risks.
- The procedures for implementing risk management plans such as; life-style choices, mental health, dementia, anti-social behaviour, crime and poverty and the potential risks
- The principles of fire prevention and protection. (prevention = escape plans, hazard spotting, smoke detection. Basic fire protection principles such as fire doors, means of escape and smoke and heat detection)
- The principles and methods of property and personal protection and safety for example: security of the home, personal security inside and outside of the home
- The principles of promoting health and well-being, e.g. smoking and substance misuse, diet and obesity, mental health
- Referral points and referral processes, both internal departments, such as youth engagement and external agencies, e.g. drug and alcohol services, mental health, safeguarding, falls services and housing
- Safeguarding of both children and vulnerable adults. The relevant legislation, regulation, processes and procedures and how this impacts on your role; including Mental Capacity Act and Prevent Duty – how to recognise and act on identified radicalisation
- Different interventions to minimise risk and when they should be used such as; brief advice, screening, signposting, fitting risk reduction equipment, advocacy, promoting self-help and providing literature and information.
- The legislation, policies and procedures in relation to community safety and how this affects their role, including; Data Protection, Confidentiality, Health and Safety and Lone Working
- The procedure to follow and the checks to make when carrying out home and community visits
- Behavioural change techniques, such as brief interventions and brief advice
Employers can recruit candidates without English and Maths at Level 2 or above, however the candidate must achieve Level 2 English and Maths prior to taking the End-point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualification are an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language. Some employers may set out additional and/or local requirements for entry.
The Level 3 Community Safety Advisor apprenticeship will take typically between 12 to 18 months to complete.
Further training and qualifications could lead to career pathways within the protective services sector such as Police or Fire and Rescue Services as well as across other organisations that work within the community such as working within the Youth Justice Sector, Health and Housing.
Level 3 Community Safety Advisor Apprenticeship
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