Guidance to employers about workers aged under 18

29/08/2013 Workforce

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Skills for Care have issued guidance about employing workers aged under 18 which can be found at: or see information below.

Adult social care workers aged 16 and 17 are allowed to undertake all work tasks suitable for their level of employment. Age isn’t an issue in recruiting workers with the right values who are really motivated to develop long term careers in our sector – careers that will improve outcomes for people who use services.

Young practitioners can be employed in adult social care with the same levels of support that employers provide for any members of staff:

  • they have completed or are undertaking an approved training programme in health and social care
  • the registered manager or a delegated person assesses the competence and confidence of the young worker to carry out all the tasks required of them, including where necessary intimate personal care
  • that appropriate support is offered to the worker
  • the consent of the person being supported and/or their advocate has been obtained
  • inexperienced practitioners are not left in charge of a care setting or left to work on their own.

Assessing workers’ competence, giving them appropriate support and obtaining the consent of those being supported are issues that apply to workers of all ages.

Approved training programmes are those recognised by Skills for Care as leading to qualifications that are included in the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). This includes Apprenticeships.

Adult social care workers aged 16 and 17 are allowed to undertake all work tasks suitable for their level of employment.

CQC support

“CQC supports the view of Skills for Care that 16 and 17 year olds can make a valuable contribution to the adult social care sector,” says CQC Chief Executive David Behan. “It is vital that when working with this age group providers not only meet the essential standards of safety and quality but follow best practice guidelines, and this guidance from Skills for Care is a welcome addition to that. This will help services to provide safe, quality care and deliver good outcomes for people.”


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