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The State of Regulation in England: From the General Social Care Council to the Health and Care Professions Council

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/06/2016
<mark>Journal</mark>British Journal of Social Work
Issue number4
Number of pages14
Pages (from-to)825-838
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date12/04/15
<mark>Original language</mark>English


In this paper, we analyse the way in which social work, as a profession, has coped with and responded to the various forms of regulation to which it has been subject in England. First, we briefly detail the rise of external regulation of the professions, discussing both the rationale for, and criticisms of, such developments. Second, we take a closer look at developments within social work and the operation of the General Social Care Council (GSCC)'s conduct proceedings from its inception in 2001 until its dissolution in 2012. Third, we focus on the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and consider how it has begun its regulation of social workers since it took on this responsibility from August 2012. We conclude by outlining some of the concerns we have as well as discussing reasons as to why we feel this area of work needs to be explored further. © 2015 The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The British Association of Social Workers. All rights reserved.