Skills for Care

Skills for Care and Skills for Health - Carers Matter

Skills for Care has worked in partnership with Skills for Health to develop a range of resources that will support employers, organisations and staff to better support carers. These resources are based upon a set of Common Core Principles for working with carers, which describe the behaviours that carers would like to see when professionals are working with them, and provide a foundation for good practice and a benchmark for training. They also provide a unifying set of standards, which all those who deliver training can use.


InLAWS stands for Integrated Local Area Workforce Strategies. It is a Skills for Care and ADASS (Association of Directors of Adult Social Services) project established in 2009 with support from the Department of Health (DH) and other delivery partners.

Workforce Development Funding Update

The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is a funding stream from the Department of Health disseminated by Skills for Care. It focuses on the achievement of qualification units and supports the ongoing professional development of staffacross the adult social care sector.For employers, accessing WDF significantly contributes towards the costs of workers’ completing units and qualifications on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). It can also be used to help fund the delivery of intermediate and advanced level Apprenticeships in social care.