People can find out if they are suited to a career in social services by using the interactive online tool A Question of Care: A career for you which now includes more care roles than before.
New roles of a personal assistant and care at home (known as domiciliary care in other parts of the UK) are shown in videos that can help people understand the challenges that can happen in day-to-day practice and test their attitudes and values.
There are now five roles to choose from:
- nursery worker, working with children
- residential care worker in adult care
- support worker for people with learning disabilities
- domiciliary care worker, delivering care in people’s own homes
- personal assistant, supporting individuals at home, work or in the community.
Users watch videos before answering questions based on the scenarios in them and at the end are given a feedback report, which focuses on the key values and behaviours needed to work in social services. This can support them when writing job applications or services can use it in recruitment alongside interview notes.
Who can use A Question of Care?
Anyone can use the tool and some groups that have found it helpful are:
- careers advisors
- care ambassadors
- schools and colleges
- social care managers for
You can use the tool to show what it’s like working in social care to encourage discussion around the questions posed to highlight what the best response or next step for the worker in the scenarios might be.
A Question of Care is produced by Skills for Care and Development, which is a partnership of:
- Scottish Social Services Council
- Northern Ireland Social Care Council
- Social Care Wales
- Skills for Care.