Social Services: Qualifications

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 16th December 2021.

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Photo of Emma Hardy Emma Hardy Labour, Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 30 July 2021 to Question 29882, how many and what proportion of the roles in adult social care do not have formal qualification requirements.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Of the 1.5 million people working in adult social care, 76% work in direct care roles which do not have formal qualification requirements. This consists of 895,000 care workers, 130,000 roles supporting direct payment recipients, 84,000 senior care workers, 61,000 community support and outreach workers and 99,000 other roles providing care.

The other roles in the workforce which do not require formal qualifications include ancillary, administration and activity worker roles, which accounts for 12%.

In Build Back Better, the Government announced at least £500 million pounds of new investment to support the workforce. This funding will provide hundreds of thousands of training places to help staff to develop new knowledge and skills to deliver high quality care.

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