Employers have a responsibility to ensure that their social care staff are suitable to enter the workforce, are registered with the Social Care Council and maintain their registration including Post Registration Training and Learning (PRTL) requirements.
Supporting Staff to Meet Standards of Conduct and Practice
Employers also have a responsibility to promote the Social Care Council’s Standards of Conduct and Practice to registrants and to provide learning and development opportunities to enable registrants to strengthen and develop their skills and knowledge. (Standard of Conduct and Practice for Employers) This includes:
- Informing registrants about the Social Care Council Standards of Conduct and Practice and their personal responsibility to meet those standards.
- Providing appropriate induction training and on-going learning and development opportunities to help registrants do their job effectively and prepare for any new and changing roles and responsibilities.
- Providing effective, regular supervision to registrants to enable them to develop and improve through reflective practice.
- Contributing to the provision of social care education and training, including effective workplace assessment and practice learning.
- Supporting registrants to meet the Social Care Councils eligibility criteria for registration and its requirements for post registration training and learning.
- Responding appropriately to registrants who seek assistance because they do not feel able or adequately prepared to carry out any aspect of their work.
- Supporting and enabling registrants to take responsibility for quality improvement and safety in line with their job role.
The Social Care Council works in partnership with social care and social work employers, subject matter experts, service users and carers, key stakeholders such as; DOH, RQIA and PHA but most importantly we work with the target user – social care and social work registrants including managers.
This supports us to engage widely across the sector to deliver on:
- the Social Care Workforce Reform objectives that includes a new practice framework – Care in Practice to support social care workers to develop professionally and
- to develop learning resources that include authentic real-world scenarios and reflective learning activities based on practice issues that concern and impact on you as a registrant and manager.
The reflective learning questions that are built into all of our learning resources can be used to share and evidence learning including registrants Post Registration Training and Learning requirements.
Learning Zone Digital Resources
The Social Care Council has developed a wide range of digital learning resources and guides to support social care workers and managers continuous learning and development and supplement the training provided by employers. These resources are available from Learning Resources.
The Learning Zone resources do not replace the employer’s responsibility to ensure workers are provided with comprehensive training that enables them to deliver safe, effective care and support to meet the training requirements within their roles and settings.
Employers are more than welcome to use and promote the Social Care Council’s resources and guides within their workplaces:
- to support a continuous learning and development culture which has standards and values at its core and
- encourage employees to become self-regulated learners.
Click on the tiles below to access digital guides for PRTL and Values Based Recruitment.
See Associated Resources for quick access to key guidance documents and forms.