New Books Support Change To Induction Standards For Care Workers

Skills for Care is reminding registered care providers that the Common Induction Standards, introduced in September last year, replace the original induction and foundation standards from 1 October this year. Two new Skills for Care books, for managers and for new workers, show how to use the new standards to improve the quality of social care. The Common Induction Standards are designed to help new workers provide high quality social care and to prepare them for further learning and assessment in health and social care NVQs. Induction to Skills for Care standards is a requirement for registered care services inspected by CSCI.

Skills for Care CEO Andrea Rowe said: “Induction for new workers has been one of the principal drivers of improved quality of social care in recent years and gives people using services confidence in the staff providing them.  While the Common Induction Standards are Skills for Care’s induction requirement for care services inspected by CSCI from September, these two guides are designed to help all social care providers, registered or not, to apply best practice in staff inductions.”

To help managers of registered care organisations prepare their staff for the new induction requirements, Skills for Care has published two helpful guides. These guides provide additional information not available in the free editions of the Common Induction Standards available at

The First Twelve Weeks and Beyond is a guide for managers taking new social care workers through the induction process.  It is available now at a special introductory price of £15 including postage and packing until the end of September, when it will be priced at £17 inclusive.

The second guide, Your Induction to Work in Adult Social Care helps new care workers themselves, as they complete their inductions. Priced £15 including postage and packing, it was first published in May 2006 and has already sold over 2,500 copies.

Both guides are available by calling Skills for Care’s bookshop on 0870 770 2469 or online at  Alternatively, cheques can be made payable to Social Care Association (Education) can be sent to Skills for Care Publications, c/o Social Care Association, Thornton House, Hook Rd, Surbiton, Surrey KT6 5AN.

Both books are published by Skills for Care and include additional material by social care management consultant Lynda Tarpey.