Headlines: February 24th, 2004

The Care Council for Wales will begin the process of registering social care workers in Wales in Autumn 2004, with residential child care managers being the first to be invited to register. Residential child care workers, adult care managers and domicilary care managers will be required to register from April 2005, residential adult care workers from September 2005, and domicilary care workers from September 2006. The timetable takes account of the need to work in partnership with employers and employees.The programme proposed by the Care Council provides a framework to advance objectives for raising standards and protecting vulnerable people. It is also designed to put social care staff on a more professional footing. The Care Council will consult with stakeholders on the registration and conduct rules.

The National Assembly for Wales sets the policies, priorities and funding framework for Health and Social Care in Wales. The Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social Care (WORD) takes policies forward and manages the funding framework to reflect the policies and priorities of the Assembly’s health and social care agenda. It also commissions and manages research projects and develops capacity to carry out research.