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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. 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


Register here

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

  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

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

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.