Codes Of Practice
For Social Care Workers
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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 General Social Care Council began its work on 1 October 2001,
at the same time as the Northern Ireland Social Care Council,
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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?
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 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 about what standards of conduct you
are expected to meet. You are encouraged to use the codes to
examine your own practice and to look for areas in which you
As a social care employer you will know what part you are
expected to play in the regulation of the workforce and the
support of high quality social care. You are encouraged to review
your own standards of practice and policies in the light of the
standards set in the code.
As a user of services or member of the public the codes will help
you understand how a social care worker should behave towards
you and how employers should support social care workers to do
their jobs well.
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 General Social Care Council expects social care workers to
meet this code and may take action if registered workers fail
to do so.
Employers of social care workers are required to take account of
this code in making any decisions about the conduct of their staff.
Social care workers must:
• Protect the rights and promote the interests of service users
• Strive to establish and...