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Current qualification accepted

Required to register :

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

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

or

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

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

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.

Registration is required


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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

  1. NVQ 4 Leadership and Management for Care Services

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

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

  4. NVQ 4 Care

  5. Diploma in Domiciliary Care Management

Or for those who registered before 2013:

  1. Social Work qualification approved by Social Care Wales

Other UK qualifications accepted

England:

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

All domiciliary care managers with this qualification need to complete an extra 10 credits (to make up for the smaller qualification size in England).

Staff who have taken the following units:

  • Understand how to manage a team
  • Understanding professional supervision practice

will need to complete an extra 3 credits per unit taken (from those above) from the optional unit bank, as these units do not form part of the qualification developed for use in Wales.

This means that those holding this qualification will need to complete an extra 10, 13 or 16 credits.

Northern Ireland:

No additional learning required. The qualification is the same for Northern Ireland and Wales.

Scotland :

  1. Level 4 SVQ Leadership and Management for Care Services

There’s no additional learning required.

Induction requirements

It is the responsibility of employers and the service provider to make sure everyone working at the service receives an induction that’s appropriate to their role – this includes managers. This 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.

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.