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Aiming for excellence: a White Paper - modernising social work services in Scotland

This paper sets out the government's proposals for improving the quality of social work services provided, offering better safeguards for those being cared for and strengthening professional standards. Two key proposals of this document: Creation of a new body - the Scottish Social Services Council - which will register the workforce, put in place a code of conduct and standards to support them, raise professional and training standards, and so raise service standards.

The second key proposal is the creation of a Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care to act as the independent regulator of social work services whoever provides them. The Commission will register organisations that provide care against agreed criteria and make regular independent inspections to see that they are met.

Secretary of State for Scotland
The Stationery Office