Ruth Mitchell

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Care Workers to be Registered

Care workers looking after vulnerable people will be registered, trained and vetted, the Government has announced.

Over 1.7million children, adults and older people in the UK are currently professionally cared for, but only one in four care workers have any professional training. Liam Byrne, Care Services Minister said: “Registration will provide clarity.

It will enable older people and their families to have complete confidence in the people who care for them, or their loved ones. “The social care workforce in this country is bigger as the NHS workforce - 1.6m people working for 30,000 different companies, councils and charities. “They look after 1.7m people but barely one in four have any form of professional training. Staff turn over rates are high and our social care workers take more sick leave than any other public sector group - it is clear that the workforce needs our help. “We know there are lots of excellent care workers out there and they are a mainstay of our society.

Their dedication should be recognised with professional registration.“ Liam Byrne has also announced a £600k joint research project with Comic Relief to investigate elder abuse.

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Ruth Mitchell .

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