What is registration?
Here is a quick video guide to registering with us.
Why we register
We keep a register of people who have shown they are suitable to work in social care. Everyone on the Register must show they are;
- are appropriately qualified
- are physically and mentally fit to practise
- have the character and competence
- following the Code of Professional Practice for Social Care (the Code) and practice guidance for their role
- intend to practise social care in Wales
- will practise in the field their application relates to their application for registration.
The Register of Social Care Workers (the Register) was set up under the Care Standards Act 2000 and is maintained under the Regulation and Inspection Act 2016.
We use the Social Care Wales (Registration) Rules 2020 to maintain the Register. These rules are approved by Welsh Government and are the framework for registering the social care workforce. These rules are effective from 1 April 2020.
The 2018 rules apply to applications made between 1 November 2018 and 31 March 2020 inclusive.
The Content of the Register Rules rules set out the information that we need to include in our Register of social care workers. They are effective from 1 April 2020.
Who can register
The Register is open to the following groups of workers:
- social workers
- social work degree students
Social care managers
- residential child care managers
- adult care home managers
- domiciliary care managers
- adoption service managers (mandatory from 2022)
- adult placement managers (mandatory from 2022)
- advocacy managers (mandatory from 2022)
- fostering service managers (mandatory from 2022)
- residential family centre managers (mandatory from 2022)
Social care workers
- residential child care workers
- domiciliary care workers
- adult care home workers (mandatory from April 2022)
- residential family centre workers (mandatory from April 2022)
All social workers and social care managers must register once they have completed their qualification or they start in their post.
Social care workers must register within six months of starting in post.
The benefits of registration
There are benefits to being a registered person, they include:
Building trust and confidence
- people can rely on registered social care workers
- people have confidence knowing you follow the Code
Valuing social care workers
- you can show you have the skills and knowledge to be a social care worker
- you can show you're trained and take responsibility for developing knowledge and skills
- employers can provide the support and development you need
- knowing more about you will help us plan ways to support you.
Making sure people are safe
- protecting people’s rights and making sure they are listened to
- supporting people to be independent and protect themselves
- if a worker is not fit to practise they can be removed from the Register and unable to practice in Wales.
- being able to legally use the title of your profession
- get support and information from our practice guidance documents and other publications
- invitations to events and conferences
- invitations to consultations.
Here are two case study videos showing the benefits of being a registered worker with us.
Registration data and reports
The current number of registered persons are:
- 6,331 - social workers
- 696 - social work students
- 1,313 - adult care home managers
- 922 - domiciliary care managers
- 269 - residential child care managers
- 1 - residential family centre manager
- 3 - fostering service manager
- 19,638 domiciliary care workers
- 3,60 residential child care workers
- 2 - adult placement manager
Each year we publish data reports on the information given to us by applicants and registered persons.