Can I work in a care home if I am 16 years old? | QCS

I am turning 16 on the 2nd of March and am currently a year 11 pupil. I will be attending college full time from September but was wondering if I rang care homes up in my local area would they hire me and take me on? I’m just looking for a little part- time job. I understand the circumstances at the moment but in the summer I would be able to do more days and hours if needed.



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It’s great that you are thinking of working in social care. I started with a Saturday job in a nursing home a very long time ago and it was fantastic preparation for when I started my nursing course. There are rules that homes have to follow however. Kate Terroni, Chief Inspector for Adult Social Care fully supports younger people working in social care also as long as the proper measures are put in place to make sure you are safe and the residents are also safe. Good luck.

About Philippa Shirtcliffe

Philippa Shirtcliffe is Head of quality at QCS. She is a registered nurse with over 30 years working in Health and Social Care. She has had varied career undertaking operational and strategic leadership roles within social care.
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