The Care Council has a leading role in making sure the workforce delivering social services and childcare in Wales is operating to a high professional standard. The Care Council has legal powers to set the standards workers need to meet, and to take action where that doesn’t happen.
It aims to safeguard the general public by:
• keeping a register of social workers, social care managers and workers, and social work students;
• investigating cases where the standards set for the workforce may not have been met;
• taking the most serious cases of where standards have not been met before independent panels;
• imposing a range of sanctions to protect the public from harm;
• analysing information, and planning for a workforce that can meet the needs of the public;
• developing the professionalism of managers and workers, mainly through qualifications, training, knowledge-sharing and continuous professional development.
In a nutshell, the Care Council has a leadership role in developing confident and competent workers in social services and childcare, who can operate effectively and confidently, making well-informed judgements, based on up-to-date evidence, in the best interests of people they work with.