General Social Care Council
A government organisation set up in 1998. The function of the General Social Care Council is to enforce standards of conduct and practice within the social care workforce. The council ensures that service users, carers, practitioners, employers and the general public have confidence in the standards which are set for social care. These include service standards and occupational standards of competence . The Council is accountable to the Secretary of State for Health. The Care Standards Act 2000 requires that codes of practice are consistently updated and reviewed.