SfCD has always been committed to enhancing the status of the sector so the brightest and best will be attracted to a career in social work, social care and/or child care, who we entrust with the care of our loved ones. Some of our successes are described in the following animation

  • Celebrating and promoting best practice; for the workforce and by the workforce; SfCD holds 'Accolade' award ceremonies across the UK every year to celebrate, promote and impart best practice in the sector. SfCD was the first SSC to hold award ceremonies of this nature across the UK. Since our inception, we have received over 1000 nominations and presented over 90 awards for excellent practice by carers and social workers. They are extremely well received, as are our follow up initiatives, such as workshops where the winners coach and guide those who need to improve in ways that make a real difference at the front line.
  • Raising standards in social work; In the UK, over 20,000 students have achieved Social Work Degree qualification since its inception in 2003. This has contributed greatly to the professionalization, and image of the workforce, and we continue to work to attract our brightest and most capable people to this career;
  • Promoting careers in social work; 57,000 people responded to our recent 'Be the Difference campaign' in England to recruit more social workers and there was a direct increase in registrants applying for a social work course in the following year.
  • Challenging inequality in the workforce; Diversity is already a key feature of the SfCD workforce with a greater proportion of part time workers, workers with a disability, and workers from ethnic minority groups working in our sector. Unlike other sectors, our workforce is predominately made up of women, particularly in childcare. One in 10 women in the UK work in our sector. We recognize that children need good male role models influencing their lives, and SfCD has run several campaigns to encourage men into care. In 2003 just 26,000 men worked in childcare and related services. By 2009, this figure has risen to 44,000, a rise of nearly 70%. We are pleased to report that men's share of sectoral employment continues to grow (currently c.19%).
  • Proving that investment in skills = better outcomes for all people
    Through our sector research, SfCD is finding solutions to problems common for public sector services, and are now better able to demonstrate the value of our workforce to the UK; The total value of the sector to the UK National Accounts is around £20bn. per annum, or 1.76% of National Gross Added Value. Even more important than this economic contribution is the essential support the sector provides to more than five million people each year. The most beneficial outcomes we identified as those the sector provides for the population includes providing the best start for all children, the protection of adults and children from risk of harm, and promoting the independence and quality of life of vulnerable people through social inclusion and social justice. SfCD research, such as our recent 'Measuring Outcomes for Service Users' helps to provide this evidence, which is invaluable to enable leaders to continue vital investment in these essential services.
  • Regulating and safeguarding the public
    Registering the workforce allows us to safeguard the public and helps us to know that we can rely on a trained and trusted workforce. SfCD is the regulator in Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England, and we currently have over 160,000 registrants on our records across the UK. This is more than ever, and we have campaigned for, and through our strategic partnerships with government achieved, a steady increase in the proportion of the workforce which we need to register and regulate. Access to, and analysis of, registration data also provides us with invaluable information for our workforce development and planning.
  • Launching new and exciting initiatives that empower employers to support their local workforce, and help us to understand and develop the workforce and protect the public
    NMDS-SC and core minimum dataset have enabled us to collect the data of over 26,000 care providing establishments across England and Scotland. But it is in the area of learning and development that we are leading the way; we have developed innovative learning systems that can be used with play stations and hand held systems, which are cheap and accessible to a much wider range of learners than before. This has been trialled in Scotland, with feedback from the workforce that it is 'exactly what they need' and we are looking to roll out similar systems across the other four nations. This is the future of learning. Our products include;
  • Iphone apps
  • E learning for those on the road, or working remotely
  • The first specialist standards and qualifications for those working with people with dementia and sensory loss
  • More person-centred responsive and accessible services.

For more information on the wealth of resources and tools we have, please visit the new approaches new opportunities section of this website.

We, along with all SSCs, are working in a dynamic environment. In 2012, we moved from a 'core funding' system, (where key skills development activity was funded for all SSCs) to a contestable funding regime (where we bid against all SSCs and other organisations for funding to develop and improve the care workforce). We need employers' support to ensure that the sector continues to receive the investment it needs to develop and meet the changing needs of a growing number of people who use our services.