An audience of over 150 Members of Parliament, Lords, and other key stakeholders from across the social care sector came together to hear about the work of the GSCC at a parliamentary reception in the House of Lords earlier this month. The high attendance at the event showed that the sector understands the vital importance of regulation in protecting the public and raising standards in the profession.
GSCC Chair, Rosie Varley spoke about the close scrutiny the social work sector has been under during the last year, culminating in the Social Work Task Force’s recent report. She commended the report and explained that its recommendations, if accepted by government, would lead to a step change in the way the GSCC regulates social workers, with a more robust system for ensuring public protection and public confidence in the profession. In her speech, Rosie launched Raising Standards: Social work education in England 2008-2009, the GSCC’s annual report on the overall picture of social work education and training in England, and emphasised the vital importance of high quality initial and ongoing training for social workers.
The event was hosted by Baroness Pitkeathley OBE. Speaking alongside Rosie Varley were Baroness Morgan of Drefelin, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children, Young People and Families, Phil Hope MP, Minister of State for Care Services and Dr Clive Travis, a service user, who is involved in GSCC’s inspection of social work degree programmes.
The Ministers spoke about the scale of reform of the social work profession, stressing the important role that the GSCC, as the workforce regulator, has to play in delivering this work. Dr Travis gave a personal account of some of his experiences of social workers, and talked about the importance of high quality education and training.