What is adult social care?

Working in social care is about providing personal and practical support to help people live their lives. 

You could be supporting someone with a physical disability, autism, dementia or a mental health condition. 

You could be working in a care home, out in your local community, in a hospital or from someone's home (providing care in someone's home is often called domiciliary care). 

There are lots of different roles in social care depending on what you want to do, who you want to work with and where you'd like to work. 

Why choose social care? 

With a huge demand for workers, plenty of opportunities for progression and a job in which 96% of workers said they feel their work makes a difference, adult social care has lots to offer.

  • It's a growing sector - we estimate we'll need enough workers to fill an extra 275,000 jobs by 2025 to meet growing demand. 

  • There are lots of opportunities to progress and work with different people. 

  • It's a very rewarding career and you can make a real difference to someone's life. 

Read more about the different roles you could do, how to start your career in care, how you can progress and any questions you might have about working in social care. If you're a teacher or careers advisor, we have a page especially for you.