New report finds Register of Social Care Workers is stable

12 December 2018
Social Care Wales

The Register of Social Care Workers is largely stable, according to a new report. Providing public confidence, which has been published today, is our annual report about our regulatory work.

The report shows that from 2017 to 2018 the Register was largely stable, with 11,570 people registered with us on 31 March 2018, an increase of 300 people from 31 March 2017.

More than 1,200 people were removed from the Register in 2017 to 2018 (10.69 per cent of the Register), a decrease of 239 people from the year before.

The report also looked at our fitness to practise work. During 2017 to 2018, there were 158 active investigations into people on the Register (some 1.4 per cent of the Register) and the majority of those referrals related to people who were subject to disciplinary processes.

The highest percentage of referrals (46 per cent) came from the residential child care sector. Only one per cent of registered social workers were referred to us, down from two per cent in 2016 to 2017.

During 2017 to 2018 we held 22 final hearings, resulting in 12 people being removed from the Register. This amounts to just 0.1 per cent of the Register.

Of those removed, six were residential child care workers, three were social workers, two were adult care home managers and one was a residential child care manager.

If you’re interested in finding out more about our regulatory work, download Providing public confidence: A report on the professional regulatory work of Social Care Wales 2017 to 2018 below.