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General Social Care Council
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2 Hay’s Lane
London
SE1 2HB

Codes Of Practice
For Social Care Workers

020 7397 5100
www.gscc.org.uk
© Copyright General Social Care Council 2010

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Introduction

What are the codes?

This document contains agreed codes of practice for social care workers and employers of social care workers describing the
standards of conduct and practice within which they should work. This introduction, which is also reproduced in the Code of Practice for Employers of Social Care Workers, is intended to help you understand what the codes are for and what they will mean to you as a social care worker, employer, service user or member of the public.

The Code of Practice for Social Care Workers is a list of statements that describe the standards of professional conduct and practice required of social care workers as they go about their daily work. This is the first time that standards have been set in this way at national level, although many employers have similar standards in place at local level. The intention is to confirm the standards required in social care and ensure that workers know what

standards of conduct employers, colleagues, service users,
carers and the public expect of them.

The General Social Care Council began its work on  October 00, at the same time as the Northern Ireland Social Care Council, the Scottish Social Services Council, and the Care Council for Wales. The councils have a duty to develop codes of practice and have worked together in developing these codes as part of their contribution to raising standards in social care services.

The two codes for workers and employers are presented
together because they are complementary and mirror the
joint responsibilities of employers and workers in ensuring
high standards.



The Code of Practice for Employers of Social Care Workers sets down the responsibilities of employers in the regulation of social care workers. Again, this is the first time that such standards have been set out at national level. The code requires that

employers adhere to the standards set out in their code, support social care workers in meeting their code and take appropriate action when workers do not meet expected standards of conduct. The codes are intended to reflect existing good practice and it is anticipated that workers and employers will recognise in the codes the shared standards to which they already aspire. The councils will promote these standards through making the codes widely available.



How will the codes be used?

Code of Practice for Social Care Workers

The codes are a key step in the introduction of a system of
regulation for social care in the four countries of the UK. The councils are responsible for the registration of those working in social care. The register will be a public record that those registered have met the requirements for entry onto the register and have agreed to abide by the standards set out in the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers.

The purpose of this code is to set out the conduct that is expected of social care workers and to inform service users and the public about the standards of conduct they can expect from social care workers. It forms part of the wider package of legislation, practice standards and employers’ policies and procedures that social care workers must meet. Social care workers are responsible for making sure that their conduct does not fall below the standards set out in this code and that no action or omission on their part harms the wellbeing of service users.

The councils will take account of the standards set in the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers in considering issues of misconduct and decisions as to whether a registered worker
should remain on the register.

What will the codes mean to you?
As a social care worker you will have criteria to guide your practice and be clear...
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