Background: NISCC's 'Standards of Conduct and Practice for Social Workers'

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  • Key Content: NISCC's 'Standards of Conduct and Practice' for Social Workers
    • Form the core regulatory framework for the social work and social care workforce
    • Regulate the workforce by maintaining a register and setting standards for the conduct, practice and training of social worker, social work students and social care workers to ensure that the quality of care provided to people who use services is of a high standard
    • Describe the values, attitudes and behaviours expected of registrants in their day to day work and outline the knowledge and skills required for competent practice. Provide a baseline against which a registrant's conduct and practice will be judged
    • As part of its role, the Social Care Council is required to produce and publish standards of  conduct and practice expected of social workers and social care workers
    • If someone raises a concern about the registrants conduct or practice, it will be considered against these standards when deciding if the council need to take any action
    • The standards provide social workers with clear criteria to guide their practice and to check that they are working to standard. They are intended to be a support to registrants in their day to day practice
    • The standards provide service users and carers with a clear understanding of how a social worker should behave towards them and the standards of practice they can expect to receive
      • Consistent application of these standards by social workers will benefit service users and carers
        • Employers of social workers are expected to take account of the standards in making decisions about the conduct and competence of their staff


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