Everyone working in social care needs English, number, digital and employability skills including team work and problem solving skills. What core skills do I need to work in social care outlines some of the skills you need and has short activities to help you think about transferable skills from your previous experiences.
There are also some specific skills needed to work in this role. These include:
- good listening skills
- digital skills to research local groups online
- writing skills
- the ability to put people at ease and gain their trust.
There are no formal qualification requirements for this role, but you usually need to have some experience of working in social care and health or in a volunteering capacity.
It might also be helpful to have a good knowledge of the local area – including local social care and health services, community and volunteering groups.
Your employer might ask that you have qualifications showing good English and number skills such as GCSE A-C in English and maths. It might also be helpful to have a social care qualification such as a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care, or knowledge in a specific area of support such as employment, social isolation, mental health, housing or physical activity.
It’s also really important that you have the right values and behaviours to work in social care.
If you’re interested in working as a social prescriber, there’s lots of advice about finding a role on the Starting your career page.
Social prescribers tend to be employed by local authorities, community groups or the NHS. You could look on their websites to find vacancies or use an online job search.
If you’re currently working in social care, speak to your employer about opportunities to progress.
When you start in your role you should do an induction which includes training necessary for your role such as safeguarding adults, IT skills and first aid.
When in your role you could do a vocational qualification such as a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care or a wellbeing specific qualification or short course.
The role of a social prescriber is relatively new so there may be opportunities to progress into a social prescriber management role for which a level 3, 4 or 5 qualification would be useful. Or you might want to move into a social care related role such as a personal assistant, counsellor, rehabilitation worker or manager. Read more on the Job roles in social care page.