Welsh government reveals plan to create national college of social care

The Welsh government is proposing to set up a national college of social care to further support and professionalise frontline social workers, care staff and managers, it has been revealed.

The plans are included in a policy statement on the regulation and inspection of social services in Wales, which was published last week ahead of a formal white paper due this autumn.

Gwenda Thomas, deputy minister for social services, presented the statement at the Association of Directors for Social Services conference last week.

As well as a new college, which it is hoped will “lead the next stage of professionalisation of our social workers, social care workers and managers”, the statement promotes a shift from regulating against minimum standards to regulating against outcomes for people.

It also sets out greater expectations for joint working across regulators.

A bill is expected to be laid before the assembly in 2015.

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