14 March Mobile Knowledge and Learning Solutions - Project review and update Contribute to discussions on how the momentum generated from the project can be sustained in the future. more…
16 July Older people and social care in Wales: standards, funding and improving residential care This seminar focuses on the standards of social care for older people in Wales. Delegates will also discuss wider challenges for older people’s health and social care provision. more…
12 March Fostering Resilience – Achieving positive outcomes for children and young people in adoption and fostering In working with children in care there is often talk about deficits, disorders and dysfunction. A resilience-based approach offers a different way of thinking. more…
14 March LDAN Conference for men and women with learning disabilities Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodevelopmental disorders research network invite all people with a learning disability to contribute their views. more…
18 March World Social Work Day World Social Work Day - world-wide all social work agencies, social development organisations, regional and national bodies will be encouraged to support World Social Work Day! http://www.ifsw.org/ more…
19 March Social Care 2014: Care for All Health and Social Care Reform and Govtoday are delighted to announce ‘Care for all’, the 2nd National Social Care Conference and Exhibition set to examine how the reforms to the healthcare provision across the state have affected the services delivered. more…
- Latest News
4 March A new online app to help care workers record their first 12 weeks of induction A new interactive version of the induction framework for care workers is now available. more…
26 February New app gives tips on recruiting early years workers A new app to help early years and childcare employers through recruitment, retention and supervision of new staff has been developed. more…
24 February Social work national occupational standards now available for smart phones The app has been developed for practice assessors in social work and social work students to help increase their familiarity with the standards. more…
20 February Your views wanted on the early years, childcare and play workforce in Wales The Care Council for Wales has commissioned an important survey of early years, childcare and play workforce in Wales. This will be a baseline survey, with a view to building an accurate and evidence-based picture of the current early years and childcare landscape in Wales. more…
10 February Apprenticeships employer champions The Care Council is launching a new initiative to raise awareness of apprenticeships. The Apprenticeships Employer Champions will encourage and increase participation and share good practice with the sector. more…
7 February Care Council agrees need for strategic way forward A comprehensive and properly-resourced strategy for developing the social care workforce is needed for the next three years, it was decided at the latest meeting of the Care Council Board. more…
Conduct and Practice of Registered Workers
The main purpose of the Care Council’s conduct processes is to ensure a safe and accountable social care workforce.
Protecting service users and the public and upholding standards in the social care sector is an important task. Taking action when a registered social care worker (registrant) does not meet the standards set in the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers will mean better services for those using social care and improve the general public’s confidence in social care services.
What rules and regulation govern the conduct processes?
Care Standards Act 2000
The Care Standards Act 2000 established the Care Council for Wales (Care Council).
The Care Council was established in 2001 to promote high standards of conduct and practice among social care workers and high standards in their training.
The aim is to ensure that this will improve safeguards for users of social care services and that they can rely on a workforce that is properly trained, appropriately qualified and effectively regulated. In addition, the Care Council’s work in regulating the social care workforce is essential to enhance public protection for service users and to ultimately increase public confidence in the social care sector.
The Act also sets out the requirement to produce Codes of Practice for Social Care Workers and Employers of Social Care Workers.
Registration and Conduct Rules
The Care Standards Act 2000 also requires the Care Council to establish rules for registration, and rules for conduct which determine the circumstances in which a person’s registration will be granted, renewed, removed, restored, suspended or a suspension or condition terminated, or altered.
The Registration Rules set out the registration procedure, and the constitution and responsibilities of the Registration Committee. The 2010 Registration Rules apply to applications and renewals received before 1 January 2014. The 2014 Registration Rules apply to applications and renewals received after 1 January 2014.
- The Conduct Rules outline the constitution, responsibilities and procedures of the Investigating Committee, the Conduct Committee, the Health Committee and the Restoration Committee.
The Rules are drafted by the Care Council and the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services of the Welsh Government approves them.
What happens if information is given to the Care Council for Wales?
If we receive information that states a registered social care worker may not have met the standards set in the Code of Practice the Care Council may investigate the matter according to the Care Council for Wales Conduct Rules 2011.
What happens next?
We will look carefully at all the information we receive. If it is clear that the information is about a registered social care worker and calls into question their suitability to remain on the register, the matter may be referred to an Investigating Committee for consideration.