Detail underpinning all-new Government Counter Fraud Profession unveiled by Cabinet Office

Chloe Smith, Minister for the Constitution, has announced a new central Government Profession to be launched on Tuesday 9 October for specialists working to fight fraud and economic crime. The Government Counter Fraud Profession (GCFP) will create a new community of counter fraud specialists across Government, with myriad benefits resulting for both individuals and organisations.

The GCFP will enhance the structure of the Government’s counter fraud capability and put the UK Government in a better position to find and fight fraud and economic crime. The launch of the Profession represents the culmination of two years’ work, with over 100 organisations having been involved in its development.

The GCFP will provide counter fraud specialists across Government organisations with a common framework of professional standards and competencies. It will also introduce a Professional Skills Platform, a web-based tool through which members can register their knowledge, skills and experience and also self-assess against a range of counter fraud roles.

By having common standards, organisations will be able to identify what skills they do and do not have. They will also be afforded the ability to improve access to counter fraud capability and help deliver better quality products, whether fraud investigations, risk assessments or data analytics. Working with a common framework of standards, organisations will also be able to share learning programmes and develop new initiatives together.

Preventing and understanding fraud

The Profession will move beyond a focus on investigation and look more at preventing and understanding fraud. This is because the GCFP recognises that, to build a world-class counter fraud capability in the public sector, the UK needs a professional structure that recognises the complexity of counter fraud activity.

Chloe Smith: Minister for the Constitution

Chloe Smith: Minister for the Constitution

“I’m pleased to be announcing that the Government will launch the new Counter Fraud Profession on Tuesday 9 October,” stated Chloe Smith. “The launch of the GCFP will make the UK a global leader in the professionalisation of counter fraud and give our specialist staff an excellent and well-deserved opportunity for career progression within the discipline. This Government remains absolutely committed to tackling fraud in any capacity, including against the public purse, and this new Profession is one way in which we’re enhancing our ability to do so.”

International partners have already asked the UK to lead a Working Group in this area. The GCFP will continue to be flexible, evolving in line with the needs of its members and the changing threat posed by fraud and economic crime.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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