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Course activities and learning

This is an open online course. It provides opportunities for discussion, short video clips for you to watch, questions for you to consider, and links to relevant reading material. It …

Course summary and next steps

Congratulations on completing Step into Social Care! We really hope you enjoyed the course, and that it’s helped you to decide whether a career in the care sector is right …

Self-reflection

It’s now time to reflect on what you have learnt in the two weeks of this course and to think about your next step into care. It will be helpful …

CV Writing

When writing your curriculum vitae (CV), you need to think about how you can show an employer that you are the right person for the job. Transferable Skills Not having …

Transferable skills and experience

Social care workers need different skills and knowledge, but you will probably already have a number of these. Watch this video to see what people who receive care services think …

Job Requirements

There are different terms and conditions, depending on the setting. You will need to think about your own commitments and what working pattern you can manage – for example, some …

How to Start a Career in Care

Starting Your Career in Care There are many opportunities to work in social care in all four UK nations. The requirements are slightly different, depending on where you live and …

What is Person-Centred Care?

Person-centred care means properly considering what is important to a person, what is important for them, and placing their needs at the centre of everything you do. Important to: describes …

Person-centred care and support

Person-centred care is about looking at things from the individual’s point of view. It focuses on what is important to them and what will help to make a ‘good day’. …

Social Care Values and Behaviours

We all have values and beliefs that shape the way we think and interact with others. These are influenced by factors such as how we are brought up, our culture, …

Working safely

Both the social care worker and their employer have a responsibility to work safely. A social care worker might need to carry out tasks that involve: Using a hoist to …

Safeguarding

You might hear care staff talk about ‘safeguarding’, which is the term used to describe how social care staff try to protect vulnerable people from harm, abuse or exploitation. Social …

Typical day as a social care worker

No two days in social care work are the same, so it is very difficult to describe a typical day. Read these case studies to get a flavour of the …