Terms of reference

The aim of the Social Care Workforce Development Partnership is to provide cost effective and appropriate training for the social care workforce in Newport to ensure provision of good quality services for the community which meet Welsh Government standards. 


  • To identify stakeholders and achieve and maintain representation of all stakeholder groupings on the Partnership.
  • To establish in Newport the ‘One Sector, One Workforce’ ethos promoted by the Care Council for Wales.
  • To promote equality of opportunity in staff development across Newport’s social care sector
  • To identify and access resources to support the work of the Partnership.
  • To facilitate development of training capacity is commensurate with the training requirements of the workforce.
  • To support the development of arrangements for the delivery of good quality cost effective programmes of pre-employment, qualifying and non-qualifying training for Newport’s social care sector.
  • To develop and implement a five year Social Care Workforce Development Partnership Plan for Newport and an associated business plan.
  • To monitor, review and evaluate the outcomes of the Partnership Plan.
  • To enter and sustain effective joint working arrangements with the Regional Social Care Partnership for SE Wales, Social Care in Partnership (SE)
  • To maximise opportunities for collaboration between existing training agencies and training consortia in Wales and develop new opportunities as appropriate.
  • To reflect best practice guidance and to promote social inclusion in all the undertakings of the Partnership.

These objectives will be achieved by:

  • The work of the full partnership group which will meet six monthly
  • The work of the partnership management board which will meet two monthly
  • The work of action groups and task and finish groups which will be set up as required
  • The commitment of resources of the stakeholders of the partnership
  • Provision of Social Care Workforce Development Programme Funding


Membership is open to all social care agencies which provide services for Newport City Council and whose registration by the CSIW is required, the local health board, Job Centre Plus, Careers Wales and ELWa, colleges of further and higher education, independent and statutory training providers and NVQ and OCN assessment centres, representatives of local users and carers groups, representatives of Newport City Council, representation of the Regional Social Care Partnership SCiP(SE).

Partnership Management Board

The partnership management board will have no more than fourteen members, who will represent the stakeholder categories.

A majority of members will be from direct care agencies.

There will be at least two representatives from the council’s social services section, one of whom will be the Partnership Coordinator.

From time to time other agencies may be invited to attend. 


The full Partnership will meet twice a year, the Partnership management board will meet six times a year and task and finish groups will meet as required.

The full partnership meeting will have a Chair, provided by Newport City Council, and Vice Chair elected by the membership for a term of one year. 

For the partnership management board, the Chair will be provided by Newport City Council and the Vice Chair elected by the management board for a term of one year. 


Full partnership meetings require eight members for quoracy, with representation of Newport City Council and a minimum of two social care agencies and a training provider.

The partnership management board requires six members for quoracy, with representation of Newport City Council, social care agencies and training providers, as a minimum.

Meeting venues

To be arranged by Newport City Council with assistance from partner agencies. Other meetings will be arranged at the convenience of participants and with the assistance of Newport City Council as required.


Administration will be undertaken by Newport City Council until such time as appropriate sources of funding are established.

Review of terms of reference

The terms of reference for the Partnership and the Management Board will be reviewed by the respective groups annually with amendments to be agreed by each group.

Reviewed 6 Jan 2005