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31st January 2017

Is the Care Certificate required before lone working?

Dear Sheila,

Are all new staff expected to have fully completed the Care Certificate before they can do any lone working or work without direct supervision supporting any vulnerable adults with a learning disability , or could a thorough and detailed induction process, allow them to carry out their duties whilst they work towards achieving the Care Certificate within the first few months of their employment?

I look forward to hearing from you



Dear M,


Thank you for your question.


Formal induction should be given to the worker before they begin working alone.


The worker should not be expected to deliver any care unless the service is satisfied and has recorded the competence of the worker in that particular area.


It is expected that the care certificate will be delivered normally in the first six months of employment.


I hope this is helpful.


Best wishes.



*All information is correct at the time of publishing.

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