Care council defends review timetable

The General Social Care Council has defended the timetable for its
review of education and training on inter-agency working
commissioned by the government following the Victoria Climbie

In response to recent criticism, the GSCC said it made “no apology”
for its tight deadlines as “the matters that the review has been
asked to address are both important and urgent”.

The first phase of the review is due to be completed by 22 April,
just 15 working days after researchers at Salford University’s
centres for social work, and nursing and midwifery were
commissioned to undertake the work.

Professor Morton Warner, director of Glamorgan University’s Welsh
Institute for Health and Social Care, called the timetable
“alarming” and said his institute had decided against making a bid
for the work because it “would be professionally negligent and
would dishonour the memory of Victoria”.

Mike Wardle, acting chief executive of the GSCC, said the second
phase of the project, also led by Salford, would involve more
rigorous examination and analysis over six months.

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