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ESB: Review of Standards for
Community Development


Despite the strange times we have been living through, there has been much work going on the background and we are seeking your help to progress our review of Community Development Practitioner Knowledge and Skills. We plan to spend the next 9 months reviewing what we have that still works and what doesn’t and we'd like to invite you to find out more and get involved. Click here for more information.

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ESB: Our Repsonse and Guidance for Covid-19 (coronavirus)

Our general guidance is below but any internal University changes to exceptional arrangements take precedence over this and we will review at the end of October as the situation becomes clearer across the HE sector.

As a response to the ongoing developments for HEIs in readiness and response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) preparations, the following guidelines are being applied by ESB:

The potential consequences of COVID-19 (including the temporary closure of settings) are that some students may be prevented from completing the required assessed professional practice as part of their ESB endorsed programme. This ESB guidance is intended to assist with managing and minimising disruption to students and HEIs while seeking to ensure that the quality of degree programmes is not compromised.

The assumption in the guidance is that programme design will not change as a result of an outbreak of Covid-19 but that HEI’s will use flexibility in how practice is embedded in the curriculum over the duration of a programme. In all situations, we are keen to work alongside HEIs to ensure that no students are at risk of not achieving the standards because insufficient time had been afforded to practice, whilst ensuring care to trainees’ wellbeing and safety.

Read more for Guidance for Non-Final Year Students and Guidance for Final Year Students and Postgraduate Students