Register as an EU temporary worker 

Enquiries regarding working on a temporary and occasional basis in the EU

EU Directive 2005/36/EU on the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications, as amended by Directive 2013/55/EC, enables relevant individuals from the EEA* or Switzerland who are qualfied social care professionals, to work in EU Member States on a temporary and occasional basis.

If you are an EU national and a qualified social worker, residential child care manager, adult care home manager or domiciliary care manager, and wish to work in Wales on a temporary and occasional basis, please see the section below.

If you are an employer in Wales and want further information about the responsibilities of the Care Council and employers with regards to the Directive, please see the section below.

If you are working for a competent authority (a body that regulates social work or social care work) from another EU Member State and need further information regarding a UK national who is a social care professional registered with the Care Council for Wales and who wish to work in your country on a temporary and occasional basis, please contact us on +44 (0)29 2078 0646 or registration_a@ccwales.org.uk

If you are a UK national and wish to work in another EU Member State on a temporary and occasional basis, and need information regarding your registration status, please contact us on 02920 780646 or registration_a@ccwales.org.uk

EU Social Care Professionals Providing Services on a Temporary and Occasional Basis in Wales

 The EU Directive 2005/36/EC (as amended by Directive 2013/55/EC):

  • supports the principles of free movement between EU Member States by clarifying and simplifying EU rules on professional recognition;

  • aims to reduce barriers for qualified professionals who want to practise in European countries other than the one in which they qualified;

  • applies to all nationals of Member States who want to practise a regulated profession in a Member State other than where they obtained their professional qualifications by providing for a mutual recognition of diplomas, certificates and other evidence of formal qualifications.

The Directive enables qualified professionals across the EU to work in another EU state on a temporary and occasional basis.

The Directive has been implemented into UK law through:

> European Union (Recognition of Professional Qualifications) Regulations 2015

and

> The European Qualifications (Health and Social Care Professions) Regulations 2007

How to apply?

The Care Council for Wales is the regulatory body for social workers, social care managers and social care workers working in Wales. The Care Council maintains a Register of these workers who are required to register with us.

The Care Council has two sets of Rules which govern how it regulates social workers, social care managers and social care workers in Wales.

> The Care Council for Wales (Registration) Rules 2015b

and

> Fitness to Practise Rules 2014

It also has a Code of Professional Practice for Social Care which sets down the standards of professional conduct and practice required of social workers, social care managers and social care workers working in Wales. It is highly recommended that you are aware of the Rules and read the Code of Professional Practice for Social Care as both will apply to you if you work in Wales.

> Code of Professional Practice for Social Care

Applying to work in Wales on a temporary and occasional basis

If you are a social worker, residential child care manager, adult care home manager or a domiciliary care manager and you want to come to Wales to work on a temporary and occasional basis you will need to inform us. You will then be placed on our Register, which employers will be able to check during their recruitment processes.

In order to apply, you must:

  • be a national of the EEA* or Switzerland;

  • have obtained your qualifications in the EEA* or Switzerland or another country;

  • be legally established in the EEA* country or Switzerland from which you originated or in which you obtained your professional qualification or in which you lawfully practised for the purposes of pursuing your profession; or

  • where neither the profession nor the education and training leading to it is regulated in your own Member State, be able to attest to at least 1 year professional experience of that profession during the last 10 years in your Member State.

To apply, social workers will need to complete a Declaration Form. Residential child care managers, adult care home managers and domiciliary care managers will need to complete this Declaration Form. Please send the completed form to us together with the following documents:

If your profession is regulated in your home state:

1. Proof of nationality.
2. Attestation of legal establishment certifying that:
(i) you are legally established in another EU state for the purpose of pursuing a career as a social worker/social care manager; and
(ii) that you are not prohibited from practising, even temporarily, at the point of presenting your attestation.
3. Evidence of your professional qualification;                                                4. Evidence of no criminal convictions

If your profession is not regulated in your home state:

1. Proof of nationality.
2. Attestation of legal establishment certifying that:
(i) you are legally established in another EU state for the purpose of pursuing a career as a social worker/social care worker; and
(ii) that you are not prohibited from practising, even temporarily, at the point of presenting your attestation.
3. Evidence of your professional qualification.
4. Provide proof (by any means) that you have pursued your profession for at least 1 year in the preceding 10 years in your home state.                       

5. Evidence of no criminal convictions

You will not have to pay a fee to be registered with us.

Guidance on the application procedure is available for social workers. Guidance is also available for residential child care managers, adult care home managers and domiciliary care managers.

We will check your qualifications and we may also contact the competent authority (your regulatory body if you have one) in your home state for any information relevant to the legality of your establishment, good conduct and the absence of any disciplinary or criminal sanctions. If our checks show that there is a ‘substantial difference’ between your qualification and the qualification required to work as a social worker, residential child care manager, adult care home manager and domiciliary care manager in Wales, we will allow you to show that you have acquired the lacking knowledge or competence by taking, and passing, an aptitude test, or through undertaking a short adaptation period.

We will contact you within a month of receiving your declaration form and documents to inform you of the outcome of the check or to require further information.

Right of Appeal: If we refuse your application you have three months to appeal to the Care Standards Tribunal - www.carestandardstribunal.gov.uk

Renewal of registration

You will be required to renew your declaration on an annual basis. Failure to do so may result in you being removed from the Register. To renew, you will need to send us a Declaration Form but we will not need to see again the documents listed above.

When you apply to renew, the Care Council will assess, on a case by case basis, whether the provision of the services is genuinely on a temporary and occasional basis, in particular in relation to its duration, frequency, regularity and continuity.

Enquiries

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact us on 029 20 78 0646 or registration_a@ccwales.org.uk.

*(or, where not a national, you are by virtue of any enforceable Community right, entitled to be treated, for the purposes of access to and pursuit of working as a social worker/social care worker, no less favourably than a national of a European State).

Information for employers about the implementation of the Recognition of Professional Qualifications Directive 2005/36/EC

This Directive sets out the conditions under which professionals can practise their profession in a European community member state, other than the one in which they obtained their professional qualification.

The Recognition of Professional Qualifications Directive came into force on in 2007 and was amended by Directive 2013/55/EC in 2013. It combines 15 existing directives into a single document, in which the original directives are largely unchanged. The Directive allows professionals to work in another member state on a ‘temporary’ basis, without being required to go through the full registration process in that member state. In Wales, this applies to social workers, residential child care managers, adult care home managers and domiciliary care managers.

The responsibilities of the Care Council for Wales and employers in managing applications for registration by social workers, residential child care workers, adult care home managers and domiciliary care managers from European Union member states are set out below.

Application for permanent registration with the Care Council for Wales

The present process for applying for registration with the Care Council for Wales for those wishing to establish themselves on a permanent basis can be found here :

> Register as a social worker qualified outside the UK

As an employer you will need to continue to ensure that applicants are ‘fit for purpose’ for the particular post on offer, by taking up references and, where appropriate, requiring them to provide evidence that they can communicate effectively in English.

Temporary provision of services

A social care professional established in one member state is entitled under the Directive to provide services on a temporary basis in Wales.

What counts as ‘temporary’ is not defined in the Directive and it is for each profession in each country to determine its meaning on a case by case basis. Social workers, residential care home managers, adult care home managers and domiciliary care managers who provide relevant information, as required by the Directive, to the Care Council for Wales will be eligible for ‘temporary registration’ which will enable them to practise on an occasional basis. Notification of intention to practise on an occasional basis must be renewed on an annual basis.

Employers and others should note that ‘temporary registration’ is not the same as permanent registration with the Care Council for Wales and temporary registrants may have gone through relevant checks in their home state rather than the full Care Council for Wales procedures. These checks will not necessarily be the same as those applied by the Care Council for Wales.

A social worker, residential child care manager, adult care home manager or domiciliary care manager who wants to provide services on a temporary basis in Wales must be established in the same profession in the member state in which they live. Providing services on a temporary and occasional basis is not the same as being employed on a part-time basis. Those wishing to work on a part-time basis must apply to the Care Council for Wales for permanent registration.

You will still need to continue to ensure that applicants are ‘fit for purpose’ for the particular post on offer by taking up references and where appropriate requiring them to provide evidence that they can communicate effectively in English.

Employers are strongly advised to check the professional’s registration status with the Care Council for Wales.

Employers will need to be aware of the difference between a person on the permanent Care Council for Wales Register, and a social worker, residential child care manager, adult care home manager or domiciliary care manager on the ‘temporary register’ who is established in another European member state who intends to work in Wales on an occasional basis. However, temporary registrants are subject to the Care Council for Wales Codes of Professional Practice for Social Care and fitness to practise procedures when practising in Wales.

For further information on temporary provision of services you are advised to contact the Care Council for Wales on 02920 780646 or registration_a@ccwales.org.uk