Working in Social Care

Adult Social Care

A growing sector which offers rewarding careers, a variety of job roles and many opportunities for progression

Adult Social Care is a fast growing and diverse sector.  It offers a large range of rewarding and challenging careers, with many different job roles available and lots of opportunities for progression.

The sector currently employs around 1.5 million people in all sorts of roles and by 2025 it is estimated that another 1 million workers will be needed to meet England’s growing social care demands.

The individuals, families and communities that engage with adult social care on a daily basis are growing and diverse, which means that a growing and diverse workforce is needed to be able to meet their needs.  Somewhere in your community there is a job that you can do to help others.  If you would like to help make a difference to people’s lives, think social care.

Whether you are new to the sector, thinking adult social care might be the right career for you, or you want to know how you can progress in your current care role; the following pages aim to offer advice, information and support to help you develop your career in care.

The aims of social care are to :

  • enable people to live as independently as possible in their own home or in a homely environment within their local community
  • provide the right amount of care and support to help people achieve maximum possible independence, and in undertaking basic living skills, help to achieve their full potential
  • give individuals a greater say in how they live their lives and the services they need to support them to do so

Social care services are provided by a range of organisations including local authorities, private companies and voluntary organisations and can include:

  • self-directed support
  • community based activities
  • home care (domiciliary care) i.e. practical and personal care and help in the home
  • equipment and adaptations to help with daily living
  • meals delivered at home
  • short-term (respite) care in a residential or nursing home
  • residential care in a residential or nursing home
  • short breaks/respite for carers
  • flexi-care

The services and teams that come under the adult social care umbrella fulfil a vast range of roles and functions but all with the common aim of supporting others to live with a sense of well-being and independence.

“Social care staff work in a variety of settings within a framework of relevant legislation and regulations, supporting individuals, families and group in the community.  It can be a challenging and demanding role and is very varied as no two days are the same.  Team members have said that working in this setting is a vocation and they are proud to say that they work within social care, supporting the community to enhance their lives and maintain their independence” Jackie, Team Manager.


Within these pages we hope to give you an understanding of the different areas of social care, the job roles that may be available and some information about what you might be able to do to start or develop your career in adult social care.

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Adult social care – is it the career for you?

Do you want a job that makes a positive difference to other people’s lives? It doesn’t matter about your background, age or academic qualifications.  Somewhere in your community there is a role that you can do to support others.  If you like working with people than social care can offer a job that can turn into a rewarding long-term career.  Explore the next pages to find out about some of the many roles available and how you might be able to get involved.


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