Registration doubts for social care body

    Thousands of social workers who have not completed the registration
    process with the General Social Care Council by the 1 April
    deadline might yet be eligible to work, the GSCC has
    revealed.

    Following discussions with the Department of Health and the Crown
    Prosecution Service, the GSCC has announced that nearly all
    applicants should receive a letter confirming that they have
    completed the first stage of registration, which covers basic
    checks.

    Even though these applicants will not be fully registered, the
    letter will indicate that there is no problem with them working
    past 1 April until the registration process has been completed.

    Despite more than 44,000 applications being received by 1 December
    last year – the date set by the GSCC for social workers who wanted
    to be confident that their applications would be processed in time
    – just 10,000 social workers are fully registered with less than
    two months to go until the deadline.

    Applications are still arriving at the rate of 500 a week, and it
    is expected that the total number of applicants will be close to
    70,000 by the deadline.

    “We’ll do what we can but it is still possible that quite a few
    applicants won’t be registered in time,” said a GSCC spokesperson,
    adding that more staff had been recruited to speed up the process.

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