An in-depth review of the skills needs in children’s social care services in Wales was launched by the Welsh Assembly Government last Friday.
The Welsh minister for health and social services, Brian Gibbons, said that the Social Care Sector Skills Review, which covers staff in direct care settings, was required due to large skill gaps amongst the workforce.
The review, which also covers adult social care, has used research to group the skills issues facing the sector into four main areas: qualifications and assessment, recruitment and retention, funding and quality.
The document is part of the 10 year draft strategy for social care in Wales published by the Welsh Assembly Government earlier this month.
The review has been put out to consultation until 3 November.