Principles of the Social Care Code of Practice for International Recruitment
Principle 1: International recruitment is a sound and legitimate contribution to the development of the registered and unregistered social care workforce.
Principle 2: International recruitment campaigns will only be conducted in countries where social care staff are in plentiful supply.
Principle 3: Employers will respect the rights of individual applicants from other countries to improve their work and career prospects and not discriminate on the grounds of race, nationality or ethnic origin.
Principle 4: International social care staff will demonstrate a level of English language proficiency consistent with safe and skilled communication with clients, carers and colleagues
Principle 5: International social care staff will have a level of knowledge and proficiency equivalent to that expected of an individual trained and recruited in the UK by the end of their induction period.
Principle 6: International social care staff will be made aware of and demonstrate a commitment to the standards and principles of social care as set down in the General Social Care Council's Code of Practice for social care workers.
Principle 7: International social care staff legally recruited from abroad to work in the UK , are protected by relevant UK employment law in the same way as other employees and will be made aware of their rights.
Principle 8: International social care staff will have the same support and access to relevant education and training and continuing professional development as all other employees.
Principle 9: International social care staff will undergo and satisfy the employer's occupational health assessment prior to leaving their country of origin and commencing employment.
Principle 10: International social care staff will undergo the most comprehensive criminal record checks in their country of origin, as that country is able to provide before departure. In the UK they will comply with any checks required by UK legislation and regulation as with any other employees.
Principle 11: All international social care staff will supply evidence of their right to work in the UK or have a valid work permit before entry to the UK .
Principle 12: International social care staff will receive appropriate information, support and induction to enable them to settle in and operate effectively in the role to which they have been recruited.