PUBLIC SECTOR: Social care work watchdog beefs up website offer

Newly created social work watchdog the General Social Care Council (GSCC) has boosted its online PR efforts.

For the first time since the body was formed last October, it has a standalone website.

It was previously part of the Department of Health's online service.

It is hoped the site will become a crucial part of the body's plan to create the UK's first national register of social care workers.

Work is currently underway to develop the register of the UK's 1.2 million care workers. This is likely to take a number of years but the GSCC is keen to begin registering groups such as child-care workers, care home managers and social workers.

GSCC chairman Rodney Brooke said: 'We see our web communications as an important element in making the council accessible to all. We believe that openness, transparency and accountability are vital ingredients in encouraging public support for our work and confidence in social care.'

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