An exhibition marking the closure of the General Social Care Council (2001-2012)

Stakeholder Private View: 25 June 2012
Open 26 June to 26 July 2012: (10am-4pm weekdays by appointment only)


CLOSURE marks the closure of the General Social Care Council (GSCC), the regulator for social workers in England. On 31 July 2012 the GSCC will close, and its archives, legacy and functions will transfer to the Health and Care Professions Council, the College of Social Work and the National Archives. This marks the end of an era of specialist social work regulation, which had been formed through a history of various organisations stretching back to the early 1960s.

This exhibition celebrates, remembers, and records the sense of the GSCC and its people in art. Taking place over the last few weeks of the existence of the GSCC, recollection, memory and legacy are considered in the exhibition. Works by Jack Tan, the GSCC artist-in-residence, include objects inspired by Messopotamian boundary stones, oral history interviews and a changing or ‘live’ assemblage of old newspaper clippings. The show will also feature works by GSCC staff: a series of paintings by Faye Banks and a collage by Penny Thompson.

Work displayed in London can be viewed by appointment at the Department for Health, Skipton House, 80 London Road, London SE1 6LH. Contact Jack Tan to arrange an appointment. Work displayed in Rugby is not available for public viewing.


1. Jack Tan worked as a Clerk to the Conduct Committee at the GSCC from 2010-11 and was the artist-in-residence. He is a tutor on the Sculpture programme at the Royal College of art and undertaking his PhD research at the Central School of Speech and Drama in performance art and social policy. More information about Jack can be found on his website at

2. The General Social Care Council was set up in 2001 following the enactment of the Care Standards Act 2000 and the lessons learnt from the Victoria Climbie case. The GSCC inherited the responsibilities of the previous Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work (1970-2001). It’s main responsibility was to establish and maintain the Register of Social Workers. The GSCC exists over two sites: Rugby and London. The London office was located in London Bridge until it was moved in its final months to the Department for Health building in Elephant and Castle.