New guidelines should enable homes to recruit younger staff
Major changes to rules on 16-18 year olds providing personal care will boost recruitment, according to Skills for Care.
The organisation says changes in care regulations allowing well trained 16-18 year olds to provide personal care will help recruit more young workers and help care businesses grow.
National Minimum Standards for care used to require that “staff providing personal care to service users must be aged 18” and Skills for Care has campaigned to have this restriction lifted for young people with the right training and supervision.
New guidelines say care workers under 18 who want to deliver personal care must have completed or be undertaking the Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care. The guidelines also make it clear that the person who receives the care must have their choices respected as far as possible regarding who performs the task for them.
Skills for Care chief executive Andrea Rowe said the guidelines removed unnecessary barriers to recruiting and retaining yo