Community Care

23 May 2016

Children and Social Work Bill also links ‘social worker discipline’ to fitness-to-practise proceedings

A set of criminal offences for social worker misconduct could be introduced under powers handed to the government in new legislation.

Measures in the Children and Social Work Bill allow the government to create offences in connection with:

  • A social worker’s registration
  • Failing to comply with restrictions on their registration
  • Failing to provide documents to the regulator, or attending and providing evidence, in a fitness-to-practise hearing
  • Providing “false or misleading information” to the regulator

At present the only offence linked to registration is if someone falsely represents themselves as a registered or qualified social worker.

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