The Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work (CCETSW) 1970-2001, was established on 1 October 1971 under the Health Visiting and Social Work (Training) Act 1962, set up by Statutory Instrument of Parliament as an independent body responsible for the regulation of training and the promotion of good educational practice. It replaced the six separate UK training councils (CTC, IMSW, ACPAC, CTSW, APSW and TCTMH) and took responsibility for the education and training of all social workers.
Two professional awards were subsequently made available: an academic route - the Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW) for social work students (offered at diploma or Master's level over one or two years in universities) and an employment route - the Certificate in Social Services (CSS) for social care staff (offered as an in-service course, usually through Further Education colleges, for a period of two years).
Meanwhile the Scottish Advisory Committee to CCETSW was set up, replacing the Scottish Advisory Committee to the Council for Training in Social Work.
On 1 October 2001, the CCETSW was abolished and its functions taken over by the General Social Care Council (GSCC), the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), the Care Council for Wales (CCW), and the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC).
Source: Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick.