SCIE press release

Understanding common induction for social care workers

28 November 2012

The induction process is a means of preparing social care workers for their career.

A new resource from the Social Care Institute for Excellence provides an explanation of the Common Induction Standards (CIS). The aim is to provide a comprehensive overview of what a care or support worker should know and what they should be able to do. For instance, it’s important to recognise that your new job means developing professional relationships, which have boundaries. One way to think about this is to consider how the relationship differs from your relationships with family and friends.

The resource is aimed at anyone working in social care, for instance, care workers, managers, trainers, employers. It will also be helpful for people who use services, and carers. You may be about to enter the sector, or you may be a trainer or a manager overseeing common induction .You may be a service user or carer with an interest in the quality of care. CIS, which is produced by Skills for Care, covers a range of areas such as personal development, duty of care and safeguarding.

SCIE’s Workforce Director, Stephen Goulder, says:

This resource is invaluable for those responsible for conducting common induction and for those who receive it at the start of their careers. The eight, easily-digestible sections, will be useful to those who need sound advice on how to make common inductions happen. For instance, there are tips on how to provide care that embraces the equality and inclusion of everyone who needs social care and support. Vital ‘skill needs’ are also covered, such as recognising when abuse is happening.  The resource is an expert way of supporting the induction process as a means of preparing social care workers for the work they will be doing.

Each of the eight areas are related to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) essential standards. Care or support workers are expected to complete the eight standards within 12 weeks of starting work in social care. So, SCIE’s new resource looks at each of these, which are:

During the common induction period, care workers should keep a record of their learning to prove that they are prepared. This record is sometimes known as “evidence of achievement”. It is important to remember that Common Induction Standards are not a “qualification”; however, they can help staff to work towards a Level Two Diploma in Health and Social Care. The resource is also linked to other SCIE resources that can help staff with their personal development, such as Care Skillsbase and Social Care TV. CIS applies to all adult social care in England. If you work in Northern Ireland, Wales or Scotland the outcomes are set out differently, but the aim remains the same.


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