All Wales Induction Framework for Health and Social Care (2018)

Regulatory bodies

  • Social Care Wales came into being in April 2017, replacing the Care Council for Wales. It ensures that the workforce delivering social care services in Wales is regulated and working to a high standard.
  • The Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) is responsible for the inspection and regulation of childcare, social and non-health care for adults and children, and local authority social services in Wales.
  • The Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) is responsible for the inspection and regulation of Welsh NHS services (including Welsh NHS funded care) and independent healthcare services in Wales.

The Social Care Induction Framework for Wales (SCIF) has now been replaced by the new All Wales Induction Framework for Health and Social Care (AWIFHSC). AWIFHSC supports a common understanding to induction in social care in Wales. Regardless of whether they are employed full time, part time, sessionally or as a volunteer, the AWIFHSC should be completed by any social care worker who is:

New to the care sector
New to an organisation
Undertaking a new role

This new 2018 induction framework is designed for social care workers and healthcare support workers . It covers care and support for adults, and children and young people. It provides a structure for a common induction in health and social care across Wales and outlines the knowledge and skills new workers need to gain in the first six months of employment. To make sure it meets the needs of both parts of the sector, a new section has been added on health and well-being.

In 2016, Qualifications Wales carried out a review of health and social care qualifications. One of the recommendations made as part of this review was developing a new suite of health and social care qualifications, which will be ready in September 2019.

BVS offers a range of training courses for both the Home Care and Care Home sectors, all of which comply with the AWIFHSC. You can find out more information about our AWIFHSC bundles here.

More information about the All Wales Induction Framework for Health and Social Care can be found in the Social Care Wales document AWIFHSC Intro and Guidance.

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