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Are your social workers sufficiently proficient?

28 June 2012

It has been reported that from 1 August the Health and Care Professions Council will be expecting social workers to meet standards relevant to their area of practice.  The standards can be found here . It’s a 20 page document, setting out the 15 key  expectations of social workers from being able to “practise safely within their scope of practice”, to “be able to establish and maintain a safe practice environment”. 

You can bet your bottom dollar that it’ll be used as a benchmark in negligence claims to challenge the quality of social work practice. 

In practice, although we often find that claims might succeed where information is not shared or properly looked at in the round, as often as not the issue is not the quality of social work practice, but the lack of social workers to whom cases can be allocated.

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