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…
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…
17 Jul Next steps for integrating health and social care services in Wales This seminar focuses on next steps for integrating primary and secondary care services 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…
Sector Skills Council
Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) are independent UK wide organisations. They are employer-led and their primary purpose is to deal with the skills and productivity needs of their sector throughout the UK. Each SSC agrees sector priorities and targets with its employers and partners to address five key goals:
- reducing skills gaps and shortages
- improving productivity, business and public service performance
- increasing opportunities to boost the skills and productivity of everyone in the sector's workforce, including action on equal opportunities
- improving learning supply, including apprenticeships
- higher education and national occupational standards
The Care Council for Wales takes on the role of the SSC in Wales. The SSC is named Skills for Care and Development,and is responsible for Adult and Children’s social care and the Early Years and Childcare workforce. The Council work as an SSC in partnership with Skills for Care in England, the Northern Ireland Social Care Council, the Scottish Social Services
As of 1 April 2012, Sector Skills Councils moved from grant-in-aid funding from the UK Government to project funding, which each SSC has bid for on a project-by-project basis. There are several funding streams for this work, SfD&C was successful UK wide within the Employer Investment fund with 4 projects as follows:
This project is to develop a range of learning resources and services designed for delivery on mobile devices. The intention is to provide freely available learning products for use on Smartphones, ‘tablet computers’ and other handheld consoles. The investment will provide employers with situated learning opportunities removing the need for employees to leave the workplace to learn.
A project that will develop innovative initiatives to increase the number of new recruits, improve perceptions of the care sector and stimulate growth. The project will identify, train and grow over 1,000 new ambassadors for the Care sector in the UK. It will develop an online aptitude test, and has the potential to realise £8 million in savings from reducing recruitment costs, turnover and vacancy rates
This project will take a strategic approach to the development of a national training strategy for assistive technology the care sector. It will also produce assistive technology knowledge and skills sets, and will enable increased employer investment in AT workforce development. More information on Assistive Technology can be found in the left hand navigation of this page.
This project aims to help employers to make informed decisions about how to make best use of the money that they spend on developing and training their workforce. This project will develop an evaluation and benchmarking toolkit (similar to other familiar commercial comparison websites) to help employers identify which training solutions are right for their business and offer best value.
For information on all these projects and more visit the UKCES website
Sector Qualifications and Learning Strategy
Skills for Care and Development (SfC&D) (and therefore all its delivery partners) is required to renew the Sector Qualification (and Learning) Strategy which is designed to outline the strategic priorities and performance measures to meet the current and future skills and learning needs of the sector.
Sector Skills Assessment for the Care and Social Services Sector in Wales
This Sector Skills Assessment is an update of the previous assessment produced in February 2010. Additionally the UK information contained in the UK Sector Skills assessment for Skills for Care and Development provides much of the information available centrally for Wales that is current.