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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for the community learning and development sector

Guidance to help local authorities, third sector organisations and partners working in Scotland’s schools, colleges and communities to provide community learning and development (CLD) services safely.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for the community learning and development sector
CLD Workforce

CLD Workforce

CLD practice

CLD is a field of professional practice that enables and empowers people to identify their own individual and collective goals, in a range of formal and informal learning environments using professional methods of education, learning and social development with individuals and groups in their communities.

CLD focuses on the provision of youth work, the delivery of adult education – including help for those for whom English is not a first language – and on support for communities to improve the equality of opportunity. This targeted approach applies whether CLD is engaged with young people, adults or communities.

Face to face working environments for CLD practitioners include:

  • group learning delivery within a room in an office environment
  • one to one delivery within a room in an office environment
  • one to one delivery within a café (indoors and outdoors environment)
  • peripatetic delivery within numerous community centres or equivalent
  • one to one delivery within a learner’s own home
  • detached learning or street work
  • outdoor learning

CLD practitioners provide services in:

  • local authorities
  • health boards
  • social work services
  • community services
  • guidance and support
  • education - schools, colleges and universities
  • third sector and voluntary organisations
  • community organisations
  • fire and rescue services
  • community policing
  • community planning
  • housing
  • information and advice
  • arts agencies
  • prisons

CLD practitioners have a distinctive set of professional competences which are effective when working in partnership with communities. This helps to close the “attainment gap” through more inclusive education and strengthen the capacity of people and communities to help them to shape their own futures.


Contact

If you would like to provide feedback or have any questions related to this guidance please email Elisha.Fisher@gov.scot

 
First published: 31 Jul 2020 Last updated: 6 Apr 2021 -