2 August Care Council at the National Eisteddfod Electronic Assistive Technology, Welsh medium resources for the sector... all this and much more at the National Eisteddfod! more…
7 October BASW Cymru Social Work Awards BASW Cyrmu's awards are now in their 5th year and open to all social workers in Wales, whether they are BASW members or not. more…
6 November The future of the Foundation Phase and childcare in Wales This seminar will assess progress in delivering the Welsh Government’s Building a Brighter Future: Early Years and Childcare Plan, which sets out priorities over the next ten years for improving the quality of childcare, child development and early education in Wales. more…
7 September IFSW European Seminar This International Federation of Social Workers seminar has a beginning, middle and future, bringing social workers together. more…
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18 July Blog - Reflecting on the Joint World Conference on Social Work Blog - Chief Executive Rhian Huws-Williams reflects on the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development in Melbourne. more…
9 July New member appointed to the Care Council for Wales Deputy Minister for Social Services, Gwenda Thomas has announced the appointment of Councillor Simon Hancock as a new member to the Care Council for Wales. more…
7 July Your chance to nominate a social worker for an award Nominations are being sought for the fifth BASW Cymru Social Work Awards, which aim to recognise and celebrate excellent social workers and their practice. more…
4 July £10m for the Care Council for Wales to support the regulation and training of the social care workforce The Deputy Minister set out her requirements in a letter to the Care Council setting out priorities and the budget available to deliver its activities. more…
2 July New Programme - Care Council TV New video magazine programme that brings you the latest developments from the Care Council. 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