GSCC: Social workers need code on sexual boundaries

The General Social Care Council is keen to develop codes of practice on sexual boundaries for social care staff, which has proved a recurring issue in the regulator’s conduct cases.

This follows the publication of guidance yesterday by the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence designed to set out clear boundaries between health professionals and patients.

General Social Care Council chief executive Mike Wardle said: “We would like to see a similar coming together of organisations in the social care sector to examine how we might develop similar codes on sexual boundaries for social care workers. We will be talking to partner bodies about how this might be taken forward.”

The GSCC has held 27 conduct cases, nine of which have involved allegations about inappropriate relationships between social workers and service users.

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