A career in care
The term Social Care covers a wide range of roles and settings which support individuals to achieve wellbeing in their lives. Opportunities within social care and early years are broad and varied. They can involve working directly with:
- older people
- people with learning or physical disabilities
- people with sensory impairments
- people with mental health problems
- families, children and young people
- people with chronic, acute and terminal illnesses
- people who misuse alcohol and drugs
If you enjoy working with people and supporting others, you could find a challenging and rewarding career that uses your skills and experience to help others live more independently.
Many social care workers assist people to live more independent, fuller lives at home through practical support, building relationships and assisting with what matters to that person. You could be a home care worker with older people or a home care worker with people with learning disabilities.
Other care workers are based in residential care homes providing care and support to older people and people with disabilities or difficulties who cannot live independently. Workplaces also include day centres, day care and supported housing. You could be working for your local council, a care company or a ‘not for profit’ organisation; it is also possible to be working directly for the person you are supporting as a Personal Assistant.
Code of Professional Practice
Social Care has its own Code of Professional Practice which describes the standards of professional conduct and practice required of those employed in the social care profession in Wales. The Code will guide your practice and help individuals receiving care and support to understand how a social care worker should behave towards them.
As you will be working with individuals who have care and support needs you will undergo checks before you get started. This will include criminal records checks (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children.
Around 5% of the workforce in Wales is involved in some form of social care, which is approximately 70,000 people
Many jobs in social care provide the option to train and achieve qualifications in the work place.
A career in social care is challenging and rewarding. Use your skills and experience to help others live more independently