We are 7 organisations located across the UK and Ireland who believe people accessing care and support should have quality care, control, protection and increased quality of life.
We work together to effect positive change through improvement of practice, workforce development and regulation in social care, social work and early years.
We work together across the UK and Ireland to support dynamic workforce development and effective regulation in social care, social work and early years.
- Early Years Alliance
- NI Social Care Council
- Scottish Social Services Council
- Skills for Care
- Social Care Wales
- Social Work England.
Some of our partners are also Skills Councils.
Please see below for further information on specific work on skills and benchmarking.
National Benchmark standards
Sharing Good Practice
We work together to increase opportunities to share good practice and develop shared resources across the UK.
Please see below for further information on resources.
We work together to increase opportunities to share good practice, support our peers as critical friends, develop shared resources and increase our knowledge.
We work together for:
Increased capacity in the workforce, to meet population needs
Increased skills and capabilities in the workforce
Increased use of regulation insights to inform workforce development
Improved social care, social work and early years status
National Occupational Standards (NOS) are developed collaboratively by our partner organisations- NI Social Care Council, Scottish Social Services Council, Skills for Care and Social Care Wales together with social care employers. These are standards of practice that people must achieve when working in certain social service roles and include knowledge and understanding linked to that role.
SfCD partners adhere to shared principles for learning and qualifications in the care sector across the UK. The principles demonstrate how working as a partnership enhances the work of SfCD partners.
For agreed principles and approaches to assessment within qualifications
Care is one of the fastest growing areas of employment in the UK, with more and more people needing our services. Never before have there been so many great career opportunities. If you want to discover whether a job in social care is for you visit our A Question of Care: A career for you site. This is an interactive video challenge to help you to see what a career in care is really like.
Or visit our Partners Careers sites:
Please see out latest podcast on the use of situational judgement tests for values-based assessments and candidate self-selection in the care sector.
The economic value of the social care sector Commissioned by Skills for Care & Development and produced by ICF Consulting Limited, this report shows that the adult social care sector in the UK contributes £46.2 billion to the economy so it is a sector that matters enormously to the UK economy.
It represents 6% of total employment and the average earnings are £17,300. The average full time equivalent worker generated £19,700 of value towards the economy.
The report shares the economic impact of a growing sector offering services in 45,000 sites across the UK in 1.8 million job roles.