The Partnership encourages, supports and develops the skills of workers in the local social care sector. It was set up in 2004 in response to Welsh Government’s requirement for each local authority to take lead responsibility for the Social Care Workforce Development Grant.
Aims and Objectives
The broad aim of the SCWDP is to improve the quality and management of social services provision through a planned approach to learning and development and by seeking to increase the take-up of training across the social care sector.
The objectives of the SCWDP in 2015-16 and 2016-17 are:
- To ensure that staff across all partner organisations (please see list of those organisations that must be included in the plan) engaged in duties delivered under the Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act have the knowledge, skills and competencies to operate under the new legal framework and that the necessary cultural changes are driven forward. Local and regional delivery will need to draw upon the learning and development programme being prepared by the Care Council for Wales
- To ensure that all core learning and development, including induction and qualification training, is reframed to reflect the new legal framework
- To continue the current support for Social Work training in Wales
- To support skills for frontline social care workers
- To support the infrastructure for learning and development across Wales, including local and regional partnership and joint working.
Membership is open to and includes all contracted providers of social care services within Rhondda Cynon Taf, whether statutory, independent or voluntary. Service users and carers are an important part of the partnership, as are education and training providers. The Social Care Workforce Development Partnership also works hand-in-hand with health care providers under the umbrella of the Local Health Board. An Executive Group coordinates the work of the partnership.
What does the Social Care Workforce Development Partnership Do?
- Workforce information / Training Needs Analysis. The Partnership gathers information about the local social care workforce and completes training analyses annually to help plan and commission training to meet those needs
- Workforce Development. The current Schedule of Partnership Training events is available via the link on the right of this screen.
- Support. We aim to support employers with training, continuous professional development and workforce matters.
- Workshops. Whole partnership workshops are arranged periodically to share information and experience of relevant topics.
- Resources. A library of training resources is available to partnership members.
- Routes into Employment. In partnership with Coleg Y Cymoedd, a 16-19 (plus) Care Pathway Programme is operating. This pathway provides youngsters with a clear route into a career in the care sector. Careers in Care are also being highlighted at local schools, in partnership with Careers Wales.
- Newsletters. Regular newsletters are produced to keep all partnership members informed of activities and news.
- The Social Services and Well Being (Wales) Act. The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act received Royal Assent and became law on 1 May 2014. It will come into effect from April 2016. The Act provides the legal framework for improving the well-being of people who need care and support, and carers who need support, and for transforming social services in Wales. The Care Council for Wales have produced a variety of really helpful information and training materials for all to use, these can be found on the “Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act Information and Learning Hub”. You can easily download these and use them for yourself or your staff in meetings and supervision sessions. We recommend you take a look at http://www.ccwales.org.uk/learning-resources/
We are an active member of Social Care in Partnership (South East), working across south east Wales to promote recruitment, retention and development across the whole social care workforce.
The Care Council for Wales promotes high standards for social care workers to improve safeguards for users of social care services.
Interlink is Rhondda Cynon Taff’s umbrella group for the voluntary sector and they organise a programme of training. View their current training programme.
Age UK (formed by the merger of Help the Aged and Age Concern) has a website called My Home Life which publishes free staff development and other materials.
Dewis Centre for Independent Living provides a calendar of training events, including disability equality training and courses in various aspects of care.
The Social Services Improvement Agency has developed an extensive range of learning from current and past work programmes and makes it available in their Learning Library.
There are good quality training courses free on line at Social Care TV.
There is an extensive list of available training resources published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence.
Your Social Care Workforce Development Partnership Team are:
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