Who Uses the CDNOS?
The Community Development National Occupational Standards provide a guiding framework for practice across a range of roles, settings and levels of responsibility. They are applicable to all those across the range and diversity of the community development workforce. For example:
- Community development workers with generic or specific briefs, e.g. neighbourhood workers, community development and health workers
- Community development activists and volunteers
- Community development employers, and managers, e.g. voluntary management committee members or paid managers
- Other professionals using community development approaches, e.g. health development workers, neighbourhood housing workers, tenant engagement workers, development workers in women’s centres, family centres and so on
- Community development trainers and learning providers
- Policy makers and funders of community development programmes.
What do the CDNOS contain
The CDNOS contain the following:
- Definition and key purpose of community development
- 5 Key Values
- 6 Key Areas (outlining the main areas of practice)
- 25 Standards (containing statements of what you need to be able to do, know and understand)
- Examples of values in practice.
Community Development is a long-term value-based process which aims to address imbalances in power and bring about change founded on social justice, equality and inclusion.
The process enables people to organise and work together to:
- identify their own needs and aspirations
- take action to exert influence on the decisions which affect their lives
- improve the quality of their own lives, the communities in which they live, and societies of which they are a part
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