16 July Older people and social care in Wales: standards, funding and improving residential care This seminar focuses on the standards of social care for older people in Wales. Delegates will also discuss wider challenges for older people’s health and social care provision. more…
8 May Annual SCiP Conference 2014 There are still places available to attend the annual SCiP North Wales Conference. more…
9 May Mobile Knowledge and Learning Project Review We are pleased to invite you a review of the Mobile Knowledge and Learning Project to be held on Friday 9th May at 10.00 hrs. in The Future Inn, Cardiff Bay. more…
4 June VQ Day 2014 VQ Day is a National celebration of vocational qualifications for students, teachers and employers. It shines a light on and recognises the millions of talented and skilled people throughout the UK who are awarded VQs. more…
16 June Social Care Week 2014 Social Care Week is an opportunity to focus on the workers who provide vital social care services that support more than 150,000 people every day here in Wales. more…
18 June BASW Cymru Conference 2014: Continuing Professional Development and the impact of CPEL – what does this mean for you? Keynote speakers confirmed: • Sheila Lyons, Care Council for Wales• Dr Wulf Livingston, CPEL Alliance, Glyndwr University• Dr Sally Holland, Reader, Cardiff University• Dr Jan Pascal, La Trobe University, Australia more…
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14 April Launch of Induction Framework for Foster Care and Short Break Care New guidance about the skills and competencies expected of foster carers and short break carers has been launched by the Care Council for Wales. more…
10 April Care Council will be at Social Health Care Expo 2014 The Care Council will take part in this year’s Social Health Care Expo on Thursday, 24 April. more…
1 April New Fitness to Practise rules come into force Today the Care Council will implement new fitness to practise procedures when investigating a complaint or allegation about a registered worker or student. more…
1 April Seminar considers regulatory models Care Council Board members, staff and guests from partner organisations were given three presentations relating to models of regulation at a recent seminar. more…
31 March Tenth anniversary Accolades to go ahead in 2015 The Accolades will celebrate their 10th anniversary when they are held in 2015. more…
31 March Important to build on work with social care managers The Care Council needs to build on progress made to develop the skills and leadership of social care managers in Wales. more…
What is registration?
The Register of Social Care Workers was established under the Care Standards Act 2000. The aim of the Register is to make sure that all social workers and social care workers are suitable for work in social care. The Register puts social care workers on a similar footing to other public service professions such as medicine and teaching.
The Care Council for Wales (Registration) Rules are formally approved by the Welsh Government and form the legal basis for registration of the social care workforce.
The 2010 Registration Rules apply to applications and renewals received before 1 January 2014. The 2014 Registration Rules apply to applications and renewals received after 1 January 2014.
Suitable for work in Social Care
Everyone on the Register will have shown that they are suitable for work in social care by satisfying us that they:
have the necessary qualifications
are physically and mentally fit
are of good character
agree to comply with our Code of Practice for Social Care Workers
We will register a person who can satisfy us that they are suitable for work in social care and we will refuse to register anyone who is not suitable. We can also impose conditions on registration if we think it is necessary. These conditions might include training, work experience, or restrictions due to health. We will investigate cases if there is ever any evidence that calls into question someone’s suitability for work in social care.
The Public Register
The public Register is available for members of the public and employers to check. The public Register shows the following information about each registrant:
county of employment, work address or place of study
any admonishment imposed by the Council's Conduct and Health and Fitness to Practise Committees
Protection of Title
To practice as a social worker in Wales or call yourself a social worker while working in Wales, you must be registered with the Care Council.
The title ‘Social Worker’ has been protected in the UK since April 2005. It is an offence for a person in Wales, with intent to deceive another to:
take or use the title social worker; or
take or use any title that implies s/he is a registered social worker; or
take or use any description that implies s/he is a registered social worker; or
in any way hold him/herself out as a registered social worker; unless s/he is registered as such by one of the four Councils.
Mandatory registration and who can register?
The following groups of workers must register to practice:
People who hold a social work qualification and practice social work or call themselves a social worker (Protection of Title introduced 1 April 2005)
Students participating on an approved social work degree course in Wales
Residential Child Care Managers and Workers
Adult Care Home Managers
Mandatory registration was introduced for Domiciliary Care Managers on 28 February 2013
The Register is also open to:
- Adult Care Home and Domiciliary Care Workers
Making an application to register
Everybody who applies to register with the Care Council must agree to abide by the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers.
To apply you need to complete an application form which is available online through MyCareCouncil. Alternative formats are available on request. Each complete application form must be endorsed by the applicant’s employer or equivalent. The completed form, supporting documents and application fee are all required in order for the Care Council to process an application.
Further details on how to apply to register select your role from the list below.
Each application form needs to be endorsed
Full information about the endorsing process and identity verification is available in the Verifying and Endorsing Applications Guidance
You will receive a registration certificate when your application to register is granted. You will be reminded to pay your annual fee every year so it is very important that you notify us of any changes to your contact details. Your registration period lasts for three years at which time you can apply to renew.
Regulatory Social Care Councils UK
Care Council for Wales
PO Box 52
Telephone: 0845 0700 399