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Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001

Functions of the Scottish Ministers
Section 58: Functions of the Scottish Ministers under this part

165.This section gives certain functions to Scottish Ministers, who can in turn delegate such functions to the Council.

166.Subsection (1) gives Scottish Ministers responsibility to ascertain the size of the social services workforce that will be needed and its training needs. They are also given responsibility to encourage provision of assistance, and for the drawing up of occupational standards in social services. It will be necessary for the Council to work closely with National Training Organisations in allied fields and awarding bodies.

167.Subsections (2) and (3) establish the promotion of social services training as a function of Scottish Ministers, which they can devolve to the Council. Promotion of social services training is one of the functions currently undertaken by CCETSW. Promotion of training includes publicising training opportunities, attracting potential students to training and providing information for social care staff and recruits enquiring about training.

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