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Farewell from Penny Thompson, GSCC Chief Executive
June 2012
Photo of Penny Thompson, Chief Executive of the GSCC - (c) authors own As I’m sure you know this is the final edition of your quarterly e-newsletter, Social Work Connections. The GSCC will close on 31 July and our regulatory functions will transfer to the Health Professions Council (HPC). So from 1 August the renamed Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) will be the new social work regulator.

The GSCC: A 10-year review
June 2012
A selection of GSCC products - (c) Trisram Dawahoo The General Social Care Council (GSCC) was established on 1 October 2001. Born out of the Care Standards Act 2000, it took 25 years of campaigning for the GSCC to come into being.

The GSCC policy with the biggest impact on social workers
June 2012
To mark the closure of the General Social Care Council and celebrate the work we have done to regulate the social work profession, in the last issue of Social Work Connections (March) we asked “Which GSCC policy has had the biggest impact over the past 10 years?”*

Case study: Gail Gibson, Head of Registration at the GSCC
June 2012
Photo of Gail Gibson, Head of Registration at the GSCC - (c) Trisram Dawahoo Gail has been at the GSCC from it’s inception in 2001 and was previously at CCETSW (which transferred into the GSCC) for 12 years, heading-up the registration function since 2003.

A look back through the thoughts and views of social workers
June 2012
Submitting a vote on the Social Work Connections poll feature - (c) Trisram Dawahoo The poll has been a feature of every Social Work Connections (SWC) edition and since it was launched in 2008. The polls have encouraged debate, highlighted dilemmas and provoked comment. In this, our last issue of SWC, it is fitting that we take a look back at some of the poll questions and findings which exercised our readers most.

GSCC learning and research reports
June 2012
One of the GSCC learning and research reports - (c) Trisram Dawahoo The GSCC will have been in existence for almost 11 years when it closes on 31 July 2012. Throughout this period of time we have learnt a significant amount both about the social work profession but also about how to regulate the profession successfully.

Memorable quotes
June 2012
To mark the closure of the GSCC we have pulled out some memorable quotes from sector leaders, social workers and service users. Here’s what they have said about us over the past decade...

Opening our profession to scrutiny and understanding
March 2012
Photo of Annie Hudson (c) authors own Protecting Our Children , BBC2’s powerful three-part social work series, finished on 13 February. The series followed Bristol's child protection teams over the course of a year to see frontline social work first-hand.

A review of the play Shallow Slumber – the story of a social worker by a social worker
March 2012
Actors performing in Shallow Slumber (c) Camilla Greenwell Shallow Slumber has come along at a time where the media appears to be actually paying attention to what social workers go through every day in order to help keep vulnerable people safe.

Professional boundaries guidance update
March 2012
A copy of the Professional Boundaries Report (c) Trisram Dawahoo As you may have seen in the last issue of Social Work Connections we have launched a guidance report on the issue of professional boundaries, as well as an online hub of information , including a self-assessment e-tool.

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