Registration

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.

Registration Rules

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.

Care Council for Wales (Registration) Rules 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:

  • full name

  • registration number

  • 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.

Social worker

Social care workers

Social work student

Managers

Employer, commissioner or inspector

Learning provider

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

Verifying and Endorsing Applications Guidance

or

Verifying and Endorsing Applications Guidance (Students and NQSW)

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

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) (England)

Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC)

Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)

Contact us

Registration Team
Care Council for Wales
Freepost NATW1588
PO Box 52
Cardiff
CF10 1BR

Telephone: 0845 0700 399

E-mail: registration@ccwales.org.uk