Empowering and engaging with employers

Employers are instrumental in the provision of a skilled, qualified and excellent workforce to serve the growing, and aging population. Although the UK has more skills than ever, we are still behind the rest of the world and are not improving our skills fast enough to secure economic growth and an internationally competitive workforce. Employers have a responsibility to improve the skills of their workforce; across the SfCD partnership we have tools and solutions to help you do so.

Setting standards for your workers

SfCD sets the 'National Occupational Standards' for people working in our sector. They describe how to do a particular job well - what a worker must be able to do, and also what they need to know in order for that to happen. These standards are freely available and can also be used in other ways, such as developing job descriptions to help with recruitment, measuring the performance of people who work in a particular role, or helping organisations set targets for improving what they do. Please visit the NOS section  of our website-  Working to a standard to find out more about standards and qualifications for your workforce.

Protecting the public: Regulation and registration

Three of the four regulators for social work in the UK are members of the SfCD partnership. The aim is to increase the protection of people who use social work and care services, to raise standards of practice and to increase public confidence in the sector. We aim to protect people who use services and their carers by promoting high standards of conduct and by taking action where the public are at risk. Our mechanism for doing this is a register of workers (compulsory for all social workers across the UK, social service workers in Scotland and care workers in Wales and Northern Ireland) and issuing and enforcing the 'codes of practice' for the profession. The codes of practice set out the standards of professional conduct and practice required by these workers as they go about their daily work. They are intended to ensure that employers, colleagues, service users, carers and members of the public know what standards they can expect from registered workers.

If you would like to access any of the registers, please click on the links below;