Induction audit

Induction is the process of introducing an employee or volunteer to a job and an organisation. The induction period is a time when individuals are keen to do well and the best time for ensuring staff understand the standards and requirements of their jobs. The quality of induction can determine the success of an appointment. In particular, if someone is not properly trained and coached, then problems may occur later. Poor induction damages the prospects of long-term retention and can contribute to staff turnover. This audit aims to help you assess and improve your approach to induction.

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Who receives induction training?

1. In order to ensure a good standard of care, new starters must receive a minimum amount of training to ensure the job is done properly. For certain service areas, this is now a requirement of National Minimum Standards.

Does your organisation give specific induction training to all new starters and volunteers, and to existing staff who change jobs? *

2. If you provide specific induction training, which of the following areas are covered?


Statutory requirements

3. Induction training is specified in a number of legal and guidance frameworks, including, for certain service areas, the National Minimum Standards, while other laws imply the need for such training in this sector.

Which of the following have you checked for guidance?

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    Adherence to the codes of practice for social care workers and employers is required for registration. The codes of practice are available from the General Social Care Council and the Care Council for Wales. The Care Council for Wales has published the Social Care Induction Framework, which includes a structured tool for planning and implementing induction, and a guide for managers. In England, Skills for Care has published Induction Standards, and these would help you both to plan and to evaluate induction. Making and using induction checklists will enable you to provide documentary evidence for the mandatory aspects of induction training and to verify that essential policy information has been communicated.



4. Induction training is most effective when properly planned. The Care Council for Wales offers a structured tool and Manager's Guide to plan and implement induction which may be helpful.

Is time spent planning induction training in your organisation? *

5. If you use induction plans, which of the following are covered? Tick all that apply.