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Current qualification accepted

Recommended for practice:

  1. Level 3 Diploma in Independent Advocacy (Independent Advocacy Management Pathway)


  1. Degree in Social Work


A generic management qualification on condition that:

  • it is set at a minimum of level 3
  • it has a minimum of 37 credits
  • it was assessed in the workplace for occupational competence and the registered person was in a relevant role in a health or social care setting when the qualification was undertaken

NB: Managers who hold a Degree in Social Work or a Level 3 Diploma in Independent Advocacy but not one of the listed management qualifications, can apply to register but will need to complete one of the listed management qualifications within their first 3 year period of registration.

Registration is not required

Other requirements

Service regulations require that “the service provider must ensure that at all times a sufficient number of suitably qualified, trained, skilled, competent and experienced staff are deployed to work at the service”.

The suitable qualifications are included on this framework.

Other qualifications accepted

  1. Level 3 Certificate in Independent Advocacy (Independent Advocacy Management)


  1. NVQ 4 Management (Assessed in a Social Care Setting)

Other UK qualifications accepted


The qualification is the same for England and Wales.

Northern Ireland:

The qualification is the same for Northern Ireland and Wales.

Scotland :

There are no identified qualifications for Scotland.

Induction requirements

It is the responsibility of employers and the service provider to make sure that everyone working at the service receives an induction that’s appropriate to their role – this includes managers. This induction is expected to be robust and accessible to prepare them for new and changing roles and responsibilities.

It is also expected that all new managers will receive The Social Care Manager – practice guidance for social care managers registered with Social Care Wales as part of their induction, along with the Code of Practice for Social Care Employers.