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Recruitment, Induction and Training


Recruitment files for staff should evidence that a thorough recruitment process has been followed. Information retained should include but not be limited to the following:

  • Application form - fully completed, at least 5 years work history and gaps in employment explained
  • Two references, at least one prior to the individuals commencement date and at least one from the previous employer
  • Interview questions
  • DBS
  • Proof of ID, address and right to work


An organisation should be providing evidence that new employees have completed a robust 12 week induction process.  The most common tool for this is the Care Certificate which was put together by Skills for Care and builds on the previous tool for induction which was called the Common Induction Standards. Types of evidence could include but is not limited to:

  • Induction to the business and premises
  • Introduction to policies and procedures
  • Shadow shifts
  • Supervisions completed as a part of the induction
  • 1 week, 4 week and 12 week reviews 

Care Certificate

The Care Certificate is a set of standards that social care and health workers stick to in their daily working life. It is the new minimum standards that should be covered as part of induction training of new care workers. Care Certificate does not replace employer induction specific to the workplace in which practice will take place, nor will it focus on the specific skills and knowledge needed for a specific setting. 


The Standards

  1. Understand your role
  2. Your personal development
  3. Duty of care
  4. Equality and diversity
  5. Work in a person centred way              
  6. Communication
  7. Privacy and dignity
  8. Fluids and nutrition
  9. Awareness of mental health, dementia and learning disabilities
  10. Safeguarding adults
  11. Safeguarding children
  12. Basic life support
  13. Health and safety
  14. Handling information
  15. Infection prevention and control


Training and development is an important aspect of providing social care services and aids in ensuring a safe level of care is delivered. The following training courses are mandatory: 

  • Safeguarding
  • Mental Capacity
  • Deprivation of Liberty
  • First Aid
  • Food Safety
  • Fire Safety
  • Manual Handling
  • Medication Awareness/Medication Administration
  • Infection Control 
  • Health and Safety/COSSH 
  • Other training specific to residents needs such as dementia, diabetes, PBS etc. 

Training should be blend of e-learning and face to face training; it is recommended that for more complex areas such as mental capacity and deprivation of liberty that individuals are further competency assessed to ensure they sufficiently understand the information and how this impacts their day to day roles. All courses must be supplied by an accredited provider and/or trainer who has the appropriate qualifications to deliver the training.

Last updated: 07/06/2024