Interdepartmental Occupational Standards for Social Service Providers and Their Role in Improving Job Performance



The paper presents an analysis of the occupational standards development abroad and in Russia. It focuses on interdepartmental occupational standards for social service providers. While creating occupational standards for social services as an integrated industry it is advisable to consider the design of whole system and its macro-level effects in a document called “sectoral qualification framework”. It is pointed out that 1) real professional activity in social sphere has a clear humanitarian focus, and its objects are radically different population groups; 2) the complexity of the social work is often associated with the interaction between various professionals and their activity have to be interdepartmentally organized. The author identifies the factors influencing development and implementation of professional standards in different countries and consider the main strategy directions of development and application of occupational standards of education and social service providers in Russia.

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Keywords: social services, occupational standards, interdepartmental cooperation in the social services, international practices, social service providers training

Journal rubric: Training for Working with Vulnerable Children

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Zabrodin Y.M. Interdepartmental Occupational Standards for Social Service Providers and Their Role in Improving Job Performance . Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2016. Vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 119–129. DOI: 10.17759/pse.2016210110. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Yury M. Zabrodin, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Adviser to the Administration, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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