Social work regulator General Social Care Council (GSCC) has published the results of its Regulating Social Workers 2001-11 report.
It found that of the 100,000 registrants in social care jobs and those in training, just 1.1 per cent had been complained about in the last year.
During the last eight years, just 0.3 per cent have a finding of misconduct against them, with 45 per cent of these relating to misleading behaviour and a further 20 per cent to inappropriate relationships with service users.
Speaking at the GSCC reception on June 25th, chief executive Penny Thompson, said: "It is important to note that only a tiny proportion of social workers are complained about and an even smaller proportion are found guilty of misconduct.
"Tens of thousands of excellent social workers work tirelessly, often in partnership with other professions, to provide a high quality service to the people who need them."
Other findings of the report included the fact that 78 per cent of registered social workers are women and the average age of people in this profession is 45.9.
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