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Care Certificate

New Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate

As set out in the People at the Heart of Care: adult social care reform white paper, a commitment was made to work with the adult social care sector to review the current Care Certificate delivery model with a view to reviewing its current challenges and future placing within the sector.

The Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate qualification is due to launch in June 2024. It will be accredited ensuring its quality and recognition by employers as care workers come to work for them. This will also reduce the costs and burden of repeat training on employers.

DHSC will be providing up to £53.91m of funding to support 37,000 individuals in direct adult social care roles to complete the new qualification between June 2024 and March 2025. Eligible employers will be able to apply for reimbursements towards the cost of the qualification on behalf of their employees.*

Adult social care employers in both Care Quality Commission regulated and non-regulated care settings can apply for funding towards the cost for the new Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate for members of their workforce in direct adult social care roles (non-regulated professionals). Eligible direct care roles include care workers, senior care workers and community support and outreach roles.

*Funding- update from Skills for Care

The pre-election period started at 00:01 on Saturday 25 May, during which time there will be restrictions on the conduct of government business. This arises from the special character of government business during an election campaign, and from the need to maintain, and be seen to maintain, the impartiality of the Civil Service, and to avoid any criticism of an inappropriate use of official resources. In this light we have assessed the position with regards to the proposed funding for the Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate qualification. Having done so we have concluded that any decisions or wider activity relating to making that funding available should be suspended for the time being, pending fresh consideration by the government that will form following the General Election. This pause relates to funding decisions and activity by DHSC only.

Headlines

  • This reform will transform the existing standards into a recognised qualification aiming to improve portability. It reflects the existing Care Certificate standards with updates on emerging themes such as personal wellbeing, digital skills and equality and diversity.
  • The qualification will not be mandatory at the moment. From June 2024 funding towards the cost of the new Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate will be made available up to March 2025
  • It is a formal qualification that takes a minimum of 12 months to complete and must be signed off by a registered awarding body.
  • Under the DHSC’s current plans, staff who already have a relevant qualification will be able to do the new Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate qualification if they want to, but we will encourage care providers to prioritise staff without a relevant qualification to enable them to benefit from gaining one.
  • Employers must be registered on the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) to be eligible for reimbursement.
  • A learner must be aged 19 in order to enrol and receive funding for the qualification due to Government policy on the study of English and Mathematics.

Image taken from the Workforce Intelligence of the current completion rates for the Care Certificate for Devon.

Pie chart of the care certificate for Devon. 31% completed, 14% started and 55% not started.

Resources

General information- Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate qualification

FAQs- Level 2 Adult Social Care Certificate qualification frequently asked questions

Approved qualifications: Approved Qualifications (skillsforcare.org.uk)

ASC-WDS- Information on creating an account and accessing the ASC-WDS


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