Here you will find short descriptions and links to a variety of online
resources related to social care, including training, employment,
general background links and local authority websites.
Click a section in the navigation bar above or on the links below.
The Department of Health is not responsible for the contents or reliability
of the linked websites and does not necessarily endorse the views
expressed within them. Listing shall not be taken as endorsement of
any kind. We cannot guarantee that these links will be active as we
have no control over availability of linked pages.
European Employment Services (EURES)
European Employment Services
European Employment Services (EURES) aims to facilitate the free movement of workers within the European Economic Area (EEA) (the 27 members of the European Union, plus Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland) and Switzerland. Its objectives are to:
- Inform, counsel and provide advice to potentially mobile workers
on job opportunities and living and working conditions in the European
- Assist employers working to recruit workers from other countries
Provide particular advice and guidance to workers and employers
in Crossborder regions.
Unison is the largest trade union in the UK, representing 1.3 million
people working in a range of organisations including local government,
the health service, education, the utilities and private companies.
It is thus the union for both social workers and social care workers.
Its website contains details of union activities, how to join and
how Unison can help you.
Local Government Employers
Local Government Employers (LGE) is the national centre of excellence for local authorities on pay, pensions and employment strategy. LGE works with local authorities, regional employers and other bodies to lead and create solutions on pay, pensions and the employment contract, to ensure the provision of excellent and affordable local services.
The Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA)
The Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) works in partnership with all councils to enhance their performance and develop the local government sector as a whole.
Border and Immigration Agency
Anyone from outside the EU wanting to work in the UK will need to obtain a work permit.