What is registration?

Information about registration in Wales, who must register, who is suitable to register and the benefits of registration.

​The Register of Social Care Workers

The Register of Social Care Workers (the Register) was set up under the Care Standards Act 2000. 

Under the Regulation and Inspection Act 2016 we maintain the Register. 

We use the Social Care Wales (Registration) Rules 2017, these rules are approved by Welsh Government and are the legal framework for registering the social care workforce.

We produce regular reports on the data held on the Register. These reports can be found here 

Current number registered

On the Register there are:

  • 6,137 people on the social work part of the Register

  • 198 residential child care managers

  • 1,208 adult care home managers

  • 630 domiciliary care managers

  • 2,594 residential child care workers

  • 704 social work students

Figures last updated on 06/02/2018

Check if a social care worker is registered with us : Check the Register

Who has to be registered to practise in Wales?

  • qualified social workers using the title social worker (Section 111 of the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016)
  • students studying approved social work degrees in Wales
  • residential child care managers and workers
  • adult care home managers
  • domiciliary care managers
  • domiciliary care workers.

Who is suitable for work in social care?

Everyone on the Register must show they:

  • are appropriately qualified
  • are physically and mentally fit to practise
  • have the character and competence
  • agree to follow the Code of Professional Practice for Social Care
  • intend to practise social care in Wales
  • will practise in the field their application relates to their application for registration.

If the above are not satisfied we can refuse registration. We can also impose sanctions including restrictions on working or training.

If there are any questions about a registered person’s suitability to work in social care, we will investigate.

What are the benefits of registration?

There are benefits to being a registered person:

  • legally using the title of your profession
  • the public can trust your professional qualification
  • being part of the data we collect about the workforce in Wales
  • being supported by the Code of Professional Practice for Social Care
  • support and information from our practice guidance documents, profiles and publications
  • invitations to events and conferences
  • invitations to consultations
  • maintain a log of your training and learning (PRTL) online using your computer or mobile device at any time

You can keep your registration information up to date using SCWonline.

Last updated: 10 April 2018