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Current qualification accepted

Required to register :

  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

Any of the level 3 or above qualifications listed on the qualification framework for residential child care workers.

plus

  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

Any of the level 3 or above qualifications listed on the qualification framework for residential child care workers.

plus

Enrolment on the City and Guilds Level 4 Preparing for Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care

Those enrolled on the City and Guilds Level 4 Preparing for Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care will need to complete this plus the Level 5 Leadership and Management of Health and Social Care: Practice qualification within their first 3 year period of registration.

or

Degree in Social Work, Nursing or Occupational Therapy.

​plus either

  1. Postgraduate Certificate in Managing Practice Quality in Social Care

or

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.

Managers who hold one of the listed degrees but not one of the listed management qualifications, can apply to register but will need to complete the relevant management qualification within their first 3 year period of registration.

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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.

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.

Other qualifications accepted to register:

  1. University Certificate Step up to Management (Social Care Wales)

plus

Enrolment on the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care Services (Children and Young People’s Residential Management) Wales.

Those enrolled on the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care Services will need to complete this within their first 3 year period of registration.

or

  1. Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care Services (Children and Young People’s Residential Management) Wales

  2. NVQ 4 Leadership and Management for Care Services (must include units B6 and B7)

  3. NVQ 4 Managers in Residential Child Care

or

One of the following care qualifications, plus one of the following management qualifications:

Care qualifications:

  1. NVQ 4 Health and Social Care (Children and Young People)

  2. NVQ 4 Care

  3. Social Work qualification approved by Social Care Wales

  4. Certificate in Residential Care for Children and Young People

  5. Senior Certificate in Residential Care for Children and Young People

Management qualifications:

  1. NVQ 5 in Management

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

  3. NVQ 4 Leadership and Management for Care Services (if units B6 and B7 not included)

  4. MBA

  5. Diploma in Management Studies

  6. Certificate in Management Studies

  7. Post Graduate Certificate / Diploma / Master’s in Management

  8. City and Guilds 3250-03 Advanced Management in Care

  9. Diploma in Management of Care Services

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 to registrants@socialcare.wales, requesting a change to your registration.

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.

Post-registration training and learning (PRTL) requirements

All registered persons are required to complete a total of 90 hours’ or 15 days’ PRTL for each three-year period of registration.

More information on PRTL.