14 March Mobile Knowledge and Learning Solutions - Project review and update Contribute to discussions on how the momentum generated from the project can be sustained in the future. more…
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…
12 March Fostering Resilience – Achieving positive outcomes for children and young people in adoption and fostering In working with children in care there is often talk about deficits, disorders and dysfunction. A resilience-based approach offers a different way of thinking. more…
14 March LDAN Conference for men and women with learning disabilities Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodevelopmental disorders research network invite all people with a learning disability to contribute their views. more…
18 March World Social Work Day World Social Work Day - world-wide all social work agencies, social development organisations, regional and national bodies will be encouraged to support World Social Work Day! http://www.ifsw.org/ more…
19 March Social Care 2014: Care for All Health and Social Care Reform and Govtoday are delighted to announce ‘Care for all’, the 2nd National Social Care Conference and Exhibition set to examine how the reforms to the healthcare provision across the state have affected the services delivered. more…
- Latest News
4 March A new online app to help care workers record their first 12 weeks of induction A new interactive version of the induction framework for care workers is now available. more…
26 February New app gives tips on recruiting early years workers A new app to help early years and childcare employers through recruitment, retention and supervision of new staff has been developed. more…
24 February Social work national occupational standards now available for smart phones The app has been developed for practice assessors in social work and social work students to help increase their familiarity with the standards. more…
20 February Your views wanted on the early years, childcare and play workforce in Wales The Care Council for Wales has commissioned an important survey of early years, childcare and play workforce in Wales. This will be a baseline survey, with a view to building an accurate and evidence-based picture of the current early years and childcare landscape in Wales. more…
10 February Apprenticeships employer champions The Care Council is launching a new initiative to raise awareness of apprenticeships. The Apprenticeships Employer Champions will encourage and increase participation and share good practice with the sector. more…
7 February Care Council agrees need for strategic way forward A comprehensive and properly-resourced strategy for developing the social care workforce is needed for the next three years, it was decided at the latest meeting of the Care Council Board. 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 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