Getting Started – Induction Training

Getting StartedGetting Started: Meeting the Scottish Social Services Council’s guidance for induction – Preparing for Practice and SVQ Social Services and Healthcare Awards.

Whilst SSSC recognises a range of approaches to effective induction, it has identified 6 key components which must be present, these are values, protection of people, health & safety, effective communication, developing competence and organisational roles and responsibilities.

ARC Scotland’s induction product Getting Started has been recognised and established for many years, and was originally developed to meet the mandatory common induction standards in England. We have adapted it to fully reflect Scottish Social Services Policy and Legislation. It has been delivered in various ways in Scotland to flexibly meet the needs of organisations and workforce developments.

Recent participants said that the Getting Started program is:

  • "very informative and interesting"
  • "a practical, well organised and straight forward format"
  • "it challenges us to think about what we do and why, and how we apply our knowledge"
Chris Townsend, Care Services Manager, Redwoods Caring Foundation

The material has now been refreshed and updated to reflect changes and developments in social care provision whilst retaining the key features that made it a best seller where induction standards are mandatory.

Getting Started is now presented as an easy to follow training course that takes learners through eight sections. It has been written and designed in clear and plain language and in an easy to use format. It requires managers to assess acceptable standards of learning and thus also meets some of the continuous professional development needs of the manager.

The course includes information for the learner to read through along with exercises and scenarios that will help the learner relate the knowledge gained to their practice and their workplace.

The eight sections are:

  1. Role of the health and social care worker
  2. Personal development
  3. Communicate effectively
  4. Equality and Inclusion
  5. Principles for implementing duty of care
  6. Principles of safeguarding in health and social care
  7. Person-centred support
  8. Health and safety in an adult social care setting

When the learner has worked through the 8 sections there are some questions for their manager to use in assessing the learner’s knowledge and understanding.

When the Manager is happy that the learner has successfully completed the induction he or she can issue the learner with the Certificate included in the pack, to certify that the Induction is complete.

Getting Started induction material is individually ordered upon request. Please contact us for details of costs and how to order.

"The Redwoods Caring Foundation, supporting people with learning disabilities, has been using the ARC 'Getting Started' induction program for many years. Although the most recent version was designed to be used by individual workers in their workplace, we have run a hybrid course where employees also get the benefit of facilitated group work and discussion with staff from across our different services."

The materials lend themselves to being used in this flexible and creative way so they can be tailored to your organisation's individual requirements and specifications."

Chris Townsend, Care Services Manager, Redwoods Caring Foundation