We are considering making changes to the supervisory and management qualification requirements for registration and we need to hear your views to make sure we get that right.

This consultation is now closed.

To register with us supervisors in adult services need to have a practice qualification and a supervisory qualification. This is to make sure they can demonstrate the knowledge and skills required for both the practice and supervisory aspects of their role. Managers in adult services also need to have a practice qualification and a management qualification, to reflect the practice and managerial aspects of their role.

Update May 2017

Our consultation on the supervisory and management qualification requirements for adult services closed on 16 April. Thank you to everyone who gave their views.

We received 611 responses to the online survey, including 222 from supervisors and 220 from managers. We also held six focus groups for supervisors.

We are delighted with the number of responses and the level of engagement. We are taking the time to carefully consider and analyse these contributions and will publish a consultation report later in 2017 to summarise the views we gathered and outline next steps.

If you would like more information please contact Robert Kelman at robert.kelman@sssc.uk.com

Your views

It’s important we hear the views of as many people as possible, especially supervisors and managers themselves. The questionnaire does cover some technical changes to the qualification requirements but it is not only for employers or learning providers.

What we consulted on

  1. What you think are the important elements of a supervisor’s role that relate to the supervision of staff, resources and processes? Also what do you think can support and challenge supervisors to do this well?

The information we have gathered so far suggests the current qualification requirement does not reflect the range of high-level skills and knowledge needed to carry out the supervision side of a supervisor’s role effectively. We are considering increasing this requirement and specifying the scope of what must be in a supervisory qualification.

  1. We are proposing an increase in the minimum required level of the management requirement, which would align it more closely with the relevant National Occupational Standards (NOS).

Who we consulted with

We wanted to hear from as many people as possible, particularly:

  • supervisors and managers in adult social services
  • employers
  • learning providers
  • awarding bodies
  • representative organisations.

What will we do with the information we gather?

We hope the information we gathered will help us:

  • better understand supervision in different settings and organisations in adult services
  • decide whether to change the requirements and, in the case of supervisors, inform what those requirements would be
  • develop wider workforce projects and resources to support supervisors and managers.