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Regulation in adult services


The regulation in adult services research project undertook a literature-based 'scoping exercise' of the key issues in the regulation of social care, informing this analysis with a synthesis of the views of a range of key stakeholders. 

Research team

Jill Manthorpe
Michelle Cornes
Peter Huxley, Swansea University


Department of Health


Professional regulation has a long history in the UK; recent developments have explained the scope of regulation within social care services to a greater proportion of its workforce and to a wider section of its services.

Regulation is both a process and a system: measures of its effectiveness are few, and public confidence is at times undermined by high-profile 'scandals'. We know little of the impact of the new systems, or how to assess their outcomes, and little of the perspectives of system administrators, service users or carers.


A meta-analysis of the literature, the construction of a matrix of key indicators and interviews of key stakeholders.


July – November 2005, with dissemination until January 2007


Cornes, M., Manthorpe, J., Huxley, P. & Evans, S., (2007), 'Developing wider workforce regulation in England: Lessons from education, social work and social care', Journal of Interprofessional Care, 21(3): 241-250.
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