As some of you may already know, the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) will be replaced by Social Work England in December 2019, becoming the new regulator for social workers across the country. But what exactly does this mean for social workers, and what impact will this have on working practices, and our industry as a whole? In this blog, we give you the lowdown on who HCPC is, who Social Work England are, and what this change entails.
The HCPC is an independent regulator of social workers, as well as healthcare professionals including psychologists, paramedics, chiropodists and dieticians. Their role is to protect the public by maintaining a register of all those who are registered as (e.g.) social workers, ensuring that they follow the standards that allow safe, legal and effective practice.
They have a wide range of responsibilities, including:
The Department for Education (DfE) has been very critical of HCPC’s oversight of social work education courses and claims that too many programmes are creating poor quality trainees – ill-equipped to deal with the realities of working within the industry. The DfE would also like more influence over the standards courses must meet for approval. Social Work England would have to get its standards for approval signed off by the government. As the HCPC is independent from the government, it doesn’t have to do this.
There has also been much demand for a bespoke body for social work, rather than a multi-profession regulator.
Social Work England’s Responsibilities Will Include:
Hopefully this blog has assuaged some of your concerns about the change. To learn more about it, please don’t hesitate to give us a call today on 0161 327 0936.
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