care certificate

The Care Certificate has launched

As of 1 April 2015, all social care support workers will be expected to attain a Care Certificate within their first 12 weeks of employment.

The Care Certificate sets out the basic skills, knowledge and behaviours that are required to give safe, effective and compassionate care.

There are over 1.3 million healthcare assistants and social care support workers working in England. They play a vital role providing people with some of the most personal and fundamental support – eating, washing, dressing, help getting out of bed or going to the toilet.

It will be awarded to staff in health and care roles who can demonstrate that they meet each of the 15 Care Certificate standards, which include caring with privacy and dignity; awareness of mental health (including dementia and learning difficulties); safeguarding; communication; and infection control.

The Care Certificate will be now completed in place of the former Common Induction Standards and is the first step on the career ladder for those entering the social care sector.


Download your free Workbook

The Care Certificate workbook is now available to download from the Skills for Care website alongside the other guidance and assessment documents. It has been broken down into Standards for employers to easily access. Get your copy here.