6 Jun Implementing the Social Services Bill - organisation, support and accountability Scheduled to be held as the Social Services (Wales) Bill is debated in the National Assembly, this timely seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the key reforms proposed in the Bill. more…
17 Jun Social Care Week Social Care Week is an opportunity to focus on the workers who provide vital social care services that support more than 150,000 people every day here in Wales. Around 88,000 social workers and social care workers provide these services, but this work often goes unnoticed. more…
21 Jun Social Care Accolades Preparations are well underway for this year's Social Care Accolades which will be awarded in a special ceremony on 21 June in Cardiff City Hall. more…
27 Jun Social Services and Well-being: Creating tomorrow's care today The ADSS Cymru Annual conference is the premier showcase for those involved in the delivery of social services to children, families and adults. It is the main networking event in the Social Services calendar in Wales. more…
21 May Independence through Personalised Technology - Using person-centred Assistive Technology to achieve independence and safety for people with a learning disability This one day conference will examine how the person-centred use of Assistive Technology can support independence and safety for people with a learning disability and their families and carers. It will highlight the benefits and quality of life that can be achieved through Personalised Technology, and how this approach can be cost-effective for service providers. more…
12 Jun Cymru Safeguarding Conference Gwenda Thomas, Deputy Minister, will be addressing this event, where key speakers and workshops will be focussing on the safeguarding of both Children and Adults in Wales. more…
- Latest News
16 May £1.8m to be invested in developing excellent social work practice in Wales The Care Council is to spend £1.8m over the next six years on raising the standard of social work practice in Wales to a new level of excellence. more…
8 May New Practice Guidance for the first year as an Early Years Manager The Care Council has launched First Year as a Manager: Practice Guidance which aims to help develop and enhance the knowledge and skills of newly appointed early years managers. more…
2 May Guide leads way to career worth caring about A new publication from the Care Council for Wales aims to lead the way to careers in social care, social work or early years and childcare. more…
2 May Social Care Accolades 2013 Finalists Revealed! The finalists of the 2013 Social Care Accolades have been announced. The winners of the Accolades, which are led by the Care Council for Wales, will be announced on June 21, 2013. more…
17 Apr New booklet explains continuing professional development framework for social workers A new booklet has been published by the Care Council to explain the Continuing Professional Education and Learning (CPEL) framework for social workers. more…
16 Apr Adult Care Home Worker Struck off Register An adult care home worker from Anglesey who was convicted of fraud has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers. more…
Care Council Board Update Back
The Key issues discussed by Council were:
Care Council Discusses Proposed Bill on Regulation
Members of the Care Council discussed the forthcoming White Paper on the regulation of practitioners and the regulation and inspection of services and the opportunity to consider the evidence and experience to-date, as well as necessary arrangements for the future. Chair Arwel Ellis Owen told members it was important to recognise the importance of the new legislation and for the Care Council to meet the challenge of contributing to the content of the proposed Bill, which was announced last month by Deputy Minister for Children and Social Services, Gwenda Thomas AM.
Annual Reports on 2011/12
Board Members considered the draft Statutory Annual Report and Accounts, which will be laid before the National Assembly by mid-August and drafts of the more detailed review of 2011/12 which will be published with accompanying in-depth reports on specific areas of our business.
Annual Report on the outcomes of Regulatory Work
The Care Council’s latest report on findings from its professional regulatory work included evidence that Board Members felt supported the need for a new model to professionalise the whole social care workforce, including those who did not currently have to register.
The report - Raising Standards in Social Care – includes themes, trends, data and statistics emerging from the Care Council’s regulatory work. Among the findings for 2011/12 were the number of referrals received by the Care Council about social care workers through the Notifiable Occupations Scheme and other sources. While the majority of referrals related to relatively minor offences, all but one of the 320 referrals related to workers not currently registered with the Care Council.
Board Members agreed the report was comprehensive, useful and informative, particularly in the evidence it included on referrals involving non-registered workers. This, they felt, pointed to the need to develop a model of regulation that provided public assurance of the safety and conduct of non-registered workers.
The document is the first in a suite of reports prepared from information gathered from the Care Council’s regulatory work. The others will include an overview of social work training and profiles of residential child care and adult care home managers. Raising Standards in Social Care will be available on the Care Council website in September.
Fitness to Practise Rules Consultation To Go Ahead
The Care Council is to consult on fitness to practise rules for dealing with allegations against registered practitioners and social work students.
These proposals represent a shift from the current situation, where the emphasis is on whether a registrant is guilty of misconduct. The revised rules will instead focus on whether the actions of a registrant call into question their fitness to practise.
The move to fitness to practise proceedings is part of the ongoing development of the Care Council’s regulatory functions and will contribute to the Welsh Government’s professionalisation agenda, as set out in its policy paper, Sustainable Social Services for Wales: A Plan of Action. This change will also bring the Care Council in line with other regulators, such as the General Medical Council and the Health and Care Professions Council, which will be responsible for regulating social workers in England from 1 August.
Board Members agreed that a 12-week public consultation should go ahead by the end of the summer.
Memorandum of Understanding with other Countries
Board Members agreed a memorandum of understanding, which sets out the principles of exchanging information between the Care Council for Wales, the Health and Care Professions Council, the Northern Ireland Social Care Council and the Scottish Social Services Council.
The new agreement has been prompted by the Health and Care Professions Council taking over the regulation of social workers in England from next month following the abolition of the General Social Care Council. Following agreement of the MOU, policies and procedures will now be drawn up to detail how the exchange of information will happen in practice.