In this week's edition - Our new Safe and fair recruitment guide, regional workforce reports and economic information now available and much more.
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 New Safe and 
 fair recruitment 

Our new Safe and fair recruitment guide provides employers with information on their legal rights and responsibilities regarding DBS checks. It supports employers to reach the potential of people with criminal records by implementing safe and fair recruitment policies and procedures.
Download the guide.

Doing the right checks is just one part of safe staffing practice. Our ‘Guide to safe staffing’ explains what the CQC will inspect around the wider safe staffing process, and will help you decide and maintain safe staffing levels, embed safe recruitment practices and ensure your staff are safe and competent.


Regional workforce reports and economic information now available
We’ve published nine regional reports and infographics showing the key findings and latest workforce figures in each region. You can download the reports from the workforce intelligence website or using the links below.
Skills for Care and the Local Government Association (LGA) have commissioned a series of reports which share the economic contribution of the adult social care sector within each region to the economy. Our workforce estimates are a basis for the reports and you can access these on the same pages below:
Yorkshire and the Humber
North East
North West
East Midlands
West Midlands
South East
South West

New Social Work Integrated Degree Apprenticeship now approved
The Social Work Integrated Degree Apprenticeship has been signed off by the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) and will be published in the next fortnight here. The apprenticeship standard and assessment plan are now ready to use after nearly two years of hard work by the trailblazer group that includes 70 employers, universities and representative organisations, supported by Skills for Care.
Jane Hanrahan, head of the trailblazer group and Workforce Development Manager at Norfolk County Council said: “The trailblazer group set out to design an apprenticeship that would provide a new opportunity for career progression for high quality candidates within the social care workforce. It will help employers deliver their workforce plans, support employee retention and enable the apprenticeship levy to target an important skills gap.”
Read the full story here.

Welcome to United Response North Division registered managers
We’re delighted to welcome United Response North Division as the latest organisation to join up their registered managers as members of Skills for Care. United Response is demonstrating a fantastic commitment to the ongoing development of their managers who will receive exclusive membership benefits, including the ‘Social care manager’s handbook, discounts on products and services, free mentoring training, a monthly newsletter and an online peer support network.
If you’re thinking about registered manager membership for yourself or a group of managers, contact us on or go to our website here.

Every day is different – national adult social care recruitment campaign update
As the pilot for the national recruitment campaign comes to a close, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is exploring how they can use learning from the pilot to inform a national recruitment campaign for early 2019, to attract more people to work in social care. If you’d like to get involved, DHSC is looking for:
  • spokespeople who will talk about how and why they started working in social care for videos, adverts, PR and social media. Contact
  • employers who are willing to talk about the kind of candidates their PR activities have attracted to evaluate the effectiveness of the campaign. To take part in this evaluation email
Follow, like and share the DHSC campaign on Facebook under ‘every day is different’ and stay up-to-date on the website.

EU Settlement Scheme pilot launching soon
The EU Settlement Scheme pilot is opening soon. To ensure you receive the website address as soon as it goes live, please register here.
This pilot scheme is available to EU workers in the health and social care sectors. The pilot gives your EU workers early access to secure their settled or pre-settled status. Please do encourage your EU staff to sign-up and apply!
For further guidance on how an application can be completed, please use the documents below:
  • Briefing pack – This document contains an overview of the pilot, who is eligible and how the application will work. It also contains a series of links to further information on GOV.UK.
  • Email template – This is a draft email for you to send from today to staff who are eligible to apply. Please feel free to tailor this as required or to replicate the content for your other internal channels.
  • Poster – For displaying on staff notice boards.
 Blogs and articles 
Myth buster – employing people with criminal records
When recruiting for adult social care roles there are lots of myths and perceived risks associated around employing people with criminal records. This ‘myth buster’ tackles some of the most common misconceptions, to help employers better understand how people with convictions can be recruited safely and fairly.
Read it here.

From the classroom to the care sector
For International Men’s Day on 19 November, we spoke to James Duffin from Unique Homecare who told us that the care sector has been a great career choice for him. When he began his career as a primary school teacher he never thought that he’d now be teaching the next generation of adult social care workers. He hasn’t looked back.
Read the article on the Guardian website here.


TLAP’s  Building Community Capacity
Wednesday 12 December 2018, Birmingham
The theme for this gathering will be different perspectives on wellbeing. You’ll hear from researchers discussing latest findings on the impact of social connection, and organisations giving testimonies on successful, innovative models of support, including Think Local Act Personal’s (TLAP’s) refreshed Making it Real framework.There will be a debate on the role of building community capacity in the NHS long-term plan and upcoming social care green paper. Your contributions will support a forthcoming TLAP roundtable event with national system leaders, including NHS England Chief Executive, Simon Stevens. Find out more and book via the TLAP events page.

 Other events
*New dates and locations*
Getting started with values and behaviours-based recruitment
Tuesday 22 January 2019, Manchester
Tuesday 29 January 2019, Liverpool
Wednesday 30 January 2019, Lancaster
More dates and locations
We’re bringing this popular half-day workshop to a location near you. Learn how to get started with values and behaviours-based recruitment and how this proven approach can lower your staff turnover, provide higher quality care and bring a positive return on investment.

Supporting individual employers and personal assistants
Thursday 13 December 2018, Speke
Thursday 10 January 2019, Leicester
Wednesday 16 January 2019, Birmingham
More dates and locations
If you support individual employers, come along to these free events. Each event will be different based on your local priorities and projects, but they might cover things like PA recruitment, digital security, employment status and the latest on sleep-ins. You’ll also network and share best practice with other colleagues.

Add team assessment and development to your skills portfolio:
Affina Organisation Development event

What are the essential ingredients of a successful team and do your teams have them? To understand the evidence base and work with teams using tools based on the research, check out this career-boosting course run by our group company, Affina Organisation Development (AOD).
Find out more and book your place.


Join our Top Leaders programme in January 2019
Time is running out to join our Top Leaders programme, starting on Monday 14 January 2019.
Would you like to…
  • improve your effectiveness as a leader?
  • collaborate with other sector leaders?
  • focus on the key challenges facing the health and social care sector?
If the answer is yes to any of the above questions, take a look at our Top Leaders programme which will enable you to improve your leadership skills and increase your impact at multiple levels for people who need care and support. Spaces are limited so book now to secure your place.
Book now.


 Get involved 

Survey about lone working in adult social care
If you’re a lone worker or manage lone workers, we want to hear from you about your experience. Your answers will help us understand the benefits and challenges of lone working and support us to develop new guidance about how managers can better support lone workers.
If you’re a lone worker, including personal assistants, we want to know what it’s like to work alone and how you’re supported. Please complete this short survey by Friday 14 December 2018.
We’d also like to hear from managers and employers here about how you support lone workers and the challenges.

Call for evidence - the role of social care in prevention
‘Preventive approaches’ are about how we can prevent health problems arising in the first place, and support people to be more proactive in maintaining their own health, independence, wellbeing and quality of life for longer. We are looking at the role of social care in the prevention agenda, and want information, examples and/or publications about:
  • the role of social care staff in prevention and promoting wellbeing
  • the impact of engaging in this agenda on social care staff and employers
  • the effectiveness of prevention and promotion in social care
  • the process of embedding preventative approaches in practice.
Please email any information to Andy Parkinson at Wavehill Ltd who is doing the research.

Social Work England
Social Work England is currently developing its identity to become the new specialist regulator for social workers in England. Take part in their survey to have your say on the look, feel and values of @socialworkeng.


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