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5 December Care Council welcomes independent review of Operation Jasmine The Care Council has welcomed First Minister Carwyn Jones’s announcement of an independent review into the issues and events surrounding Operation Jasmine. more…
2 December Latest workforce profile reports published The Care Council has published its latest profile reports for the social care workforce in Wales. Reports, based on data from the Register of Social Care Workers, are now available for social workers, adult care home managers, and the residential child care workforce. Not only do they provide a detailed picture of the registered workforce in Wales, but they also inform initiatives to develop and improve the workforce and provide public assurance. more…
29 November Care Council is key to making government vision a reality – Deputy Minister The Care Council is a close partner in helping the Welsh Government improve the well-being of people in Wales. That was one of the messages from the Deputy Minister for Social Services, Gwenda Thomas AM, when she attended an accountability meeting with the Care Council Board. more…
21 November Registrants – an opportunity to discuss the proposed National Institute of Care and Support As you may know, the Welsh Government is currently consulting on the future of regulation and inspection of care and support in Wales. The consultation will run until the 6 January 2014 and it is really important for you as registrants to submit your views on the proposed changes. more…
14 November Large-scale positive response to draft practice guidance for social workers The Care Council has received responses on behalf of hundreds of practitioners and others to its recent consultation on draft practice guidance for social workers in Wales. Of those who responded, more than 90 per cent have said they think the new practice guidance will help social workers provide high-quality services. more…
5 November New training initiative will help boost skills of unpaid carers The Care Council has launched a new training pack to teach social care workers how to demonstrate essential skills to unpaid carers in their own homes. 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
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. 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