Qualifications and experience

In general everyone working social care needs the following core skill sets:

  • problem solving skills to advise people on the best support for them
  • digital skills to keep records and find information online
  • the ability to stay calm under pressure
  • team working skills to work with other social care and health professionals

For further information on how these skills will be utilised in day to day care support, see the Skills For Care Guide (PDF).

However, it is important to note that you don’t need previous experience or qualifications to get started in a care support role. As a starting point you need general knowledge of health and wellbeing, be passionate about helping others and keen to take on the role, for the rest we will support you to equip you with training you need to undertake your role.

Once you are working within Bradford Adult Social Care we will support you on developing your skills sets and experience, while also providing guidance on career development opportunities and pathways. In general for our senior care managers we require a Level 5 Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care (or be working towards) or equivalent qualification and 2 years’ experience of managing staff.

For social worker roles, as a starting point we will require:

  • a social work qualification and be registered with Social Work England
  • a full driving licence and access to a car (unless a disability prevents this)
  • an understanding of relevant legislation and practice that underpins Adult Social Care
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • be able to build effective relationships with children, young people and their families and with other professionals to provide a multi-agency response
  • a passion for learning and personal development

For community care officer roles, as a starting point we will require:

  • a wide range of life and social experience including voluntary work
  • minimum of 6 months recent experience of paid employment working with adults in either a health or social care setting