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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 for domiciliary care workers (services for children and young people).

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 for domiciliary care workers (services for children and young people).

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

If domiciliary care managers are working with both adults and children, it is the employers’ responsibility to make sure the manager has undertaken the appropriate qualification units for adults and children, and that they have the knowledge, understanding and skills needed for their role.

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.

If you are already registered as a domiciliary care manager and wish to provide services for adults, you do not need to submit a new application. We recommend you use the service specific section/s of the Induction Framework related to care and support for individuals living in their own homes to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills for this service area.

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

  2. NVQ 4 Leadership and Management for Care Services

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

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

  5. NVQ 4 Care

  6. Diploma in Domiciliary Care Management

Any of the level 3 or above qualifications listed for domiciliary care workers (services for children and young people).

or

  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 (any management pathway) Wales and Northern Ireland.

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 for those who registered before 2013:

  1. Social Work qualification approved by Social Care Wales

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 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.

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.

Continuing professional development CPD (previously known as PRTL)

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

More information on CPD.