Headlines: November 11th, 1999

The social care workforce and the services it delivers across the whole of the sector are to be regulated for the first time. A new General Social Care Council is due to be set up in 2001. The actual start date will depend on when the legislation is approved. The primary aim of the Council will be to drive up standardsAn Advisory Group has been formed to prepare the way for the Council. An early task for the Group, which meets for the first time next week, will be to oversee the initial drafting of Codes of Conduct and Practice for the workforce. The Office for Public Management has been commissioned to begin drafting the codes. The first task for the new Council will be to finalise and promulgate the codes.