Cabinet to launch Whitehall counter-fraud standards

31 Jul 18

The government will later this year launch a set of common standards for counter-fraud professionals working in Whitehall.

Constitution minister Chloe Smith yesterday said the Government Counter Fraud Profession (GCPF), which will launch on 9 October, would strengthen the government’s ability to tackle economic crime.

Counter-fraud specialists working in central government will work to a shared framework of professional standards and competencies.

In addition, a web tool, called the Professional Skills Platform, will allow them to register their knowledge, skills and experience and self-assess against a range of counter-fraud roles.

Adoption of common standards across Whitehall will help organisations to identify their skill needs in the counter-fraud area, as well as share best practice, the government said.

Smith said: “The launch of the GCFP will make the UK a global leader in the professionalisation of counter fraud and will give our specialist staff an excellent and well-deserved opportunity for career progression within the discipline.

“This government remains committed to tackling fraud in any capacity, including against the public purse, and this new profession is one way we are enhancing our ability to do so.”

She added that the GCFP would be a flexible framework, evolving along with changing professional needs and emerging fraud and corruption threats.

  • Vivienne Russell

    Vivienne Russell is managing editor of Public Finance magazine and publicfinance.co.uk

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