The main aim of COMETA Project is to promote care and social workers mobility from a sector into another one (i.e. from child-care to care of older persons), within a group of European Countries through the transferability and recognition of the following transversal learning outcomes achieved in different learning contexts (formal, non-formal and informal):
- Capability to promote rights, choice, privacy, dignity; to understand the need to promote the following values at all times: individuality, rights, choice, privacy, independence, dignity, respect and partnership
- Knowledge of history and context; capability to understand the importance of finding out the history, preferences, wishes, needs and abilities of the supported individual(s)
- Capability to work in team and cooperate; capability to understand the value and importance of working in partnership with unpaid carers /advocates/significant others for the client
- Capability to understand the basic forms of verbal/nonverbal communication and active listening and how to use these in work
- Understanding of the importance of rules and procedures, understand why it is important to follow policies and procedures, policies and the aims of the organization of belonging
- Capability to constantly monitor activities and to apply critically assessment tools/methodologies such as internal and/or external supervision.
In order to achieve this goal, two innovative tools will be used that are presented in these documents and they are the following: (1) BESCLO standard based questions and (2) Case scenarios.
The first tool is a set of questions developed on the basis of the outcomes a previous EU project named ECC (http://www.eccertificate.eu/) that aimed to assess the acquisition of the Basic European Social Care Learning Outcomes -BESCLO for working in the care-social sector. In the framework of COMETA we will use 16 multiple choice questions covering the 6 COMETA competence areas.
The second tool, originally developed for COMETA, is based on case scenarios: they are real situations that can happen in the social care sector. Each scenario has two possible solutions (both solutions are ethically admissible but only one is right) and is associated to one of the 6 common transversal competences. In correspondence of each competence areas three case scenarios has been elaborated to cover the three professional profiles sectors: children care, elderly care (at home and in nursing homes) and social inclusion. The total scenarios proposed are 18.
Testing of tools started in October 2013 – soon the tools will be fine-tuned and released in a final version.
News from the testing phase
The COMETA project activities are proceeding very fast! The project has in fact developed tools to identify and validate soft skills of workers from the care sector and has carried out a pre-testing. The objectives of this pre-testing phase have been to gather comments and proposals from experts and stakeholders to be able to fine-tune the tools. And in fact, the results from the pre-testing have been analysed and implemented within the validation tools to improve them before they are employed by users within the actual experimentation phase. In particular, the pre-testing phase has brought to the revision of all those scenarios that did not score sufficiently; at the same time, the items based on Besclo were modified with the aim of improving their functioning and providing a measurement of soft skills which could be used as an actual criteria for the COMETA tools’ validation. Partners are now preparing for the pilot testing of tools. News concerning the results of the testing will be sent around very soon!