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Putting Standards at the heart of Social Work and Social Care practice and education and training

Setting and raising standards in social work and social care practice, education and training and ensuring these are at the heart of the work of NISCC.

  1. Develop a range of accessible and adaptable learning methods and models for the registered workforce and their employers to support the application of Standards in Practice.
  2. Work with registrants, employers and service users to support the consistent application of the Standards of Conduct and Practice.
  • The Standards of Conduct and Practice are relevant, trusted, understood and embedded
  • NISCC Standards for Employers support the delivery of effective social work and social care services

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Regulate the Workforce and Social Work Education and Training

The functions of Registration, Fitness to Practise, and the Regulation of Social Work education establishes clear benchmarks for good social work and social care practice.

  1. Improve the understanding of the role and contribution of regulation in securing public protection and enabling professionalism to thrive in social work and social care.
  2. Ensure the integrity and effectiveness of our registration, regulation and social work education functions.
  • Social work and social care registration is valued and trusted
  • NISCC is an agile regulator able to respond to changing need and demand
  • Social work education and training meets the needs of registrants and employers
  • Fitness to Practise decisions are trusted

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Develop the Social Work and Social Care Workforce

Better outcomes for people who use social care services will be achieved by a regulated workforce that delivers safe, effective and values led care.

  1. Promote and enable a culture of continuous learning and development in social work through the Professional in Practice framework.
  2. Work in partnership with stakeholders to create a learning and improvement framework to ensure the social care workforce is skilled, confident and competent.
  • Social workers and social care workers are competent, compassionate, values led, confident and skilled in their practice
  • Social workers and social care workers will have the knowledge skills and competencies to be able to respond and adapt to changing service needs in social care.

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Promote a Systems Leadership approach across the Social Care sector

Through collaborative partnership working, the NISCC will facilitate new thinking and fresh perspectives to reduce harms, minimise risks and improve quality in the delivery of social care services.

  1. Use our sector intelligence, engagement, networks and alliances to promote a collaborative working environment that will enable fresh ideas and approaches to inform the strategic development of the social care workforce.
  2. Work in partnership with key stakeholders to strengthen capacity building to support and develop systems leadership at all levels across the social care sector.
  • A systems leadership environment is created which provides for improved understanding and connection across the sector
  • Capacity is built to use collective intelligence to effect real, meaningful and positive change in social work and social care standards and practice
  • The NISCC Standards for Employers support the social work and social care workforce to deliver safe and effective care

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Communicate, Connect and Engage

Effective and meaningful communication and engagement will support the delivery of this Corporate Plan.

  1. Through the delivery of our Communications and Engagement Strategy, create a new and progressive understanding of the role and contribution of workforce regulation in social care.
  2. Through the delivery of our Communications and Engagement Strategy, build, develop and maintain effective and supportive relationships with service users, carers, registrants, employers and other stakeholders focusing on listening, learning and evolving
  • Improved public perception of social workers and social care workers as a workforce that is committed to upholding standards
  • Increased confidence in the contribution of workforce regulation in serving and protecting the public, minimising risk and reducing harms by embedding and raising standards
  • The views, experience and expertise of service users and carers in informing our business is valued and can be evidenced.