Frequently asked questions
Q. What or who is Artemis?
A. Artemis was the Greek goddess of childbirth and protector of the young!
Q. What is the Artemis Children's Workforce Induction Programme?
A. It is an e-learning tool, designed to provide an introduction to Every Child Matters and a sound induction of learning and development for the "one children's workforce". The programme development is funded entirely by public money and is closely monitored and audited by the West Midlands Regional Efficiency and Improvement Partnership. The Artemis Project Board is made up of six West Midlands local authorities.
Q. What is the "One Children's Workforce"? Who is in it?
A. It covers the statutory sector, ie local authorities and primary care trusts, including social care practitioners, school based staff, fire fighters, school nurses, mid-day supervisors, play workers etc.
It includes the private, voluntary and independent sector, with a large unpaid workforce such as groups of volunteers running activities for children, eg football clubs.
It also includes large organisations such as Barnardos and the Scouts, Guides and youth movements as well as childminders, private nurseries, foster carers, private schools, etc.
Q. What is the Artemis learning content based on?
A. It's based on the Children's Workforce Development Council's seven induction standards and the content is designed as an introduction to the "Every Child Matters" outcomes. We have adopted a completely holistic approach to reflect real life situations and we have added integrated, multi-agency working as a strong theme throughout.
Q. Does the Artemis e-learning replace face-to-face training?
A. No, because there are many existing areas of training and development that people can access already. However, this is the first holistic approach to learning and development that encompasses all agencies and provides a multi-agency consistency of approach and content.
Q. Can it test professional competence?
A. No, it isn't designed to test professional competence; this takes place at another level. Artemis is the catalyst or the 'glue' that brings together the one children's workforce in a common framework of understanding and learning to help meet the ECM outcomes. It emphasises understanding your own role, understanding other peoples' roles, and the interdependency and links between these roles.
Q. What is the average time taken to complete the course?
A. It could take anything from half a day to a few days; the time will vary depending on current expertise and knowledge, the individual learning style and on time available. It will also be dependent on how many links a learner follows to take them on to additional information, local policies etc.
Q. Is there a cost involved to participate?
A. A number of free licences are available for a limited period as part of the pilot.