October 9 sees the formal launch of the government’s first government counter fraud profession (GCFP) which is intended to spread best practice across the public sector and encourage a focus on the prevention and investigation of fraud
The profession, which was previously outlined in an announcement during the summer, will bring together 10,000 counter fraud specialists to help members develop their skills, knowledge and experience and improve the detection and prevention of fraud in essential public services.
It provides counter fraud specialists across government organisations with a common framework of professional standards and competencies. The GCFP includes a professional skills platform (PSP), a web-based tool through which members can register their knowledge, skills, and experience, and self-assess against a range of counter fraud roles.
Chloe Smith, minister for the constitution, said: ‘Our fight against fraud in the public sector is crucial in helping us build a fairer society.
‘The launch of the government’s counter fraud profession is part of our smarter government initiative and will help make the UK a global leader in fraud prevention and detection.’
Report by Pat Sweet