The General Social Care Council has launched a three-month
consultation on the rules for the registration and deregistration
of social care workers.
The consultation will run until 9 September and the GSCC will be
seeking views and advice from other professional workforce
regulators, as well as key stakeholders and the social care sector
during this period.
An estimated 1.2 million workers will have to register. The
process will begin in 2003 with qualified social workers.
GSCC chairperson Rodney Brooke said: “Many people are amazed
when they realise that there is currently no register of social
care workers or a national mechanism for keeping unsuitable people
out of the profession.
“It is especially important now, as the public begins to
recognise what an important and difficult job social care workers
do, and how much society relies on them to do it well,” he