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Current qualification accepted

Required for practice for regulated advocacy services for children and young people.

Recommended for practice for all other services:

  1. City and Guilds Level 4 Preparing for Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care

plus

  1. City and Guilds Level 5 Leadership and Management of Health and Social Care: Practice

or

  1. City and Guilds Level 4 Preparing for Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care

plus

Enrolment on the City and Guilds Level 5 Leadership and Management of Health and Social Care: Practice

Those enrolled on the City and Guilds Level 5 Leadership and Management of Health and Social Care: Practice qualification will need to complete this within their first 3 year period of registration.

or

  1. Degree in Social Work

and

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 of regulated advocacy services for children and young people 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 with Social Care Wales is now open


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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.

The National Standards and Outcomes Framework for children and Young People in Wales stipulates that providers ensure ‘Advocates are facilitated to attain qualifications as recommended/required in Social Care Wales’ Qualification Framework’.

And that ‘Services are registered and managers are appropriately qualified and registered in accordance with RISCA 2016 as stated in Social Care Wales Qualification Framework’.

Other qualifications accepted

The Qualification Framework sets out the required qualifications needed to register as a social care manager. Where you do not hold one of these but hold an alternative qualification which meets agreed essential criteria, completion of the Induction Framework can enable you to register with Social Care Wales either:

  • for the first time or;
  • to move to a different part of the Register.

If you wish to use this route to register, you will need to submit an application to the registration team. If the application is successful, you should complete the Induction Framework within the first 12 months of your registration and must provide evidence of this as part of your renewal of registration.

If you are already registered with us and wish to change to another part of the Register, you do not need to submit a new application. You will need to send an email to registrants@socialcare.wales, requesting a change to your registration.

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

plus

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.

Other UK qualifications accepted

The Qualification Framework sets out the required qualifications needed to register as a social care manager, where you do not hold one of these but hold an alternative UK qualification which meets agreed essential criteria, completion of the Induction Framework can be used as a ‘top up’ if you wish to register with Social Care Wales either:

  • for the first time or;
  • to move to a different part of the Register.

If you wish to use this route to Register, you will need to submit an application to the registration team. If the application is successful, you should complete the Induction Framework within the first 12 months of your registration and must provide evidence of this as part of your renewal of registration.

If you are already registered with us and wish to change to another part of the register, you do not need to submit a new application. You will need to send an email toregistrants@socialcare.wales, requesting a change to your registration.

England:

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

plus

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.

Northern Ireland:

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

plus

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.

Scotland :

There are no identified qualifications for Scotland.

Induction requirements

The All Wales induction framework for social care managers covers the breadth of responsibilities for the leadership and management of social care services and provides a structure for a common induction across Wales.

All employers have a responsibility to make sure their new managers receive a suitable induction using this induction framework. Managers may be new to the role, organisation or sector.

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.