6 Jun Implementing the Social Services Bill - organisation, support and accountability Scheduled to be held as the Social Services (Wales) Bill is debated in the National Assembly, this timely seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the key reforms proposed in the Bill. more…
17 Jun Social Care Week 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. Around 88,000 social workers and social care workers provide these services, but this work often goes unnoticed. more…
21 Jun Social Care Accolades Preparations are well underway for this year's Social Care Accolades which will be awarded in a special ceremony on 21 June in Cardiff City Hall. more…
27 Jun Social Services and Well-being: Creating tomorrow's care today The ADSS Cymru Annual conference is the premier showcase for those involved in the delivery of social services to children, families and adults. It is the main networking event in the Social Services calendar in Wales. more…
21 May Independence through Personalised Technology - Using person-centred Assistive Technology to achieve independence and safety for people with a learning disability This one day conference will examine how the person-centred use of Assistive Technology can support independence and safety for people with a learning disability and their families and carers. It will highlight the benefits and quality of life that can be achieved through Personalised Technology, and how this approach can be cost-effective for service providers. more…
12 Jun Cymru Safeguarding Conference Gwenda Thomas, Deputy Minister, will be addressing this event, where key speakers and workshops will be focussing on the safeguarding of both Children and Adults in Wales. more…
- Latest News
16 May £1.8m to be invested in developing excellent social work practice in Wales The Care Council is to spend £1.8m over the next six years on raising the standard of social work practice in Wales to a new level of excellence. more…
8 May New Practice Guidance for the first year as an Early Years Manager The Care Council has launched First Year as a Manager: Practice Guidance which aims to help develop and enhance the knowledge and skills of newly appointed early years managers. more…
2 May Guide leads way to career worth caring about A new publication from the Care Council for Wales aims to lead the way to careers in social care, social work or early years and childcare. more…
2 May Social Care Accolades 2013 Finalists Revealed! The finalists of the 2013 Social Care Accolades have been announced. The winners of the Accolades, which are led by the Care Council for Wales, will be announced on June 21, 2013. more…
17 Apr New booklet explains continuing professional development framework for social workers A new booklet has been published by the Care Council to explain the Continuing Professional Education and Learning (CPEL) framework for social workers. more…
16 Apr Adult Care Home Worker Struck off Register An adult care home worker from Anglesey who was convicted of fraud has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers. 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 2010 are formally approved by the Welsh Government and form the legal basis for registration of the social care workforce.
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:
- full name
- registration number
- county of employment, work address or place of study
- any admonishment imposed by the Council's Conduct and Health Committees
Protection of Title
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 2004)
- 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. Current managers must complete registration by 31 December 2013
Domiciliary Care Service Manager by 31 December 2013
The Register is also open to:
Adult Care Home and Domiciliary Care Workers
Making an application form 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 for your job type can be found on the left hand menu.
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