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3rd March 2015

New starters qualification launched by Care Council for Wales with emphasis on dignity and respect

The Care Council for Wales has announced a new qualification aimed at giving new social care employees a better understanding of the importance of dignity and respect.

Supported by Agored Cymru and City and Guilds, the qualification is designed for those starting in care jobs to develop the knowledge and understanding they need to be better prepared for their roles. It can be completed before starting work or during the induction period.

The qualification builds on the existing social care induction framework (SCIF), first launched in 2001, which all new starters already complete in their first 12 weeks of their jobs.

The new qualification was launched today (March 3) at an event at Cardiff's Chapter Arts Centre. The event saw the premiere of a film, Home From Home, which highlights the difference good induction can make to the quality of care provided for an older person who moves to a residential home.

The Care Council's chief executive said: “A good induction into the workplace is essential for social care workers in Wales. When it’s carried out properly, it can help new starters understand the importance of treating each person as an individual and the values they should bring to their day-to-day work.

"We believe this new qualification, and the resources that go with it, will make it clear what staff should be achieving as part of their induction. In particular, helping them realise the importance of treating everyone with dignity and respect."

She added: “We want to make sure all new social care workers in Wales get a good induction and the right start for their careers. There are many examples of good practice across the country, but the picture isn’t consistent. This means we need to strengthen the national approach to induction, as it’s essential people understand the importance of values right from the start."

  • Find out more about the new qualification, and the film, on the CCW Website

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