workforce in England, has outlined its work to the Climbié inquiry along
with views on the issues raised in phase II of the inquiry's work.
established in England under the Care Standards Act 2000 to set codes of
conduct and practice for social care workers and employers, to set up a
register of social care workers and to regulate social work education and
training. Similar bodies exist in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
Rodney Brooke, chair of the GSCC, said the council had considered it
important to provide evidence to the inquiry about the new regulatory
framework the GSCC brings.
Mr Brooke said: 'Although we are at the beginning of our work, the
introduction of the GSCC's new codes of conduct and the establishment, for
the first time, of a register of all social care workers will be highly
pertinent to this inquiry. Certainly the inquiry has caused the public and
the media to question the absence of any regulation until now, and
underlined the importance of our work. Although the GSCC cannot say 'we
would have prevented this tragedy', we believe that our work and the work of
the other bodies established under the Care Standards Act will raise
standards and increase protection for the people who use social care
The statement from the GSCC was presented to the inquiry's second phase,
which considered the recommendations they should make to the secretary of
state for health and the home secretary to prevent a tragedy such as this in
the future. The inquiry team has welcomed the idea of a paper from the GSCC
on the issues raised by this case.
The GSCC statement sets out how its regulatory powers will contribute to
raising standards. Although still in draft form and currently under
development, the GSCC's codes of conduct and practice for social care
workers and employers will provide a framework to guide the work of all
those involved in social care. The codes are in the process of being revised
following a three month consultation process. It is intended to publish them
in the Summer of 2002.
The GSCC is also developing the rules and procedures that will underpin the
registration of social care workers. The register will open in Spring 2003
and the GSCC will start the process of initial registration from that date.
It will take some years for the register to be complete. The first category
of people to be registered will be qualified social workers. Other priority
groups will be staff working with children and managers of care homes.