Make an Enquiry
Contact Us

New standards for social workers unveiled by HCPC

HCPC launches consultation on standards of proficiency

Social workers will need to be able to present reports in formal settings under new standards proposed by the Health and Care Professions Council.

The HCPC has launched a consultation on changes to the standards of proficiency for social workers in England which are standards that the regulator considers necessary for the safe and effective practice of each of the professions they regulate.

“They are ‘threshold standards’,” says the HCPC. “This means that they must be absolutely necessary or the ‘minimum’ that we consider are required for safe and effective practice.”

Under the proposals, a new dedicated standard has been created about being able to present reports in formal settings. A new standard about understanding the concept of leadership and its application to practice has also been added.

A new standard about working effectively whilst holding alternative, competing explanations in mind is also included in the proposals. The HCPC says that this is based on feedback about the importance of social workers being curious and enquiring of the information they receive and being always willing to reassess their conclusions, particularly in matters which concern the safety and wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults.

“This is intended to augment the existing standard (4.4) about being able to make informed judgements on complex issues, based on the information available,” says the consultation.

A new standard about social workers being able to identify strategies for professional resilience has been added. Social workers will also need understanding of the principles of information governance and the safe use of health and social care information.

The consultation closes on 24 June.

 

Knowledge & Resources

Keep abreast of the latest news in the children's services sector.

All children removed from Rainsbrook

17/06/2021

All children are to be removed from Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre, the Lord Chancellor has announced.

Robert Buckland has confirmed that work is underway to move all children from the privately-run Secure Training Centre amid serious ongoing concerns about safety and performance.

The Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland said: “Six months ago, I demanded that MTC take [...]

Read Full Story

Response to 'Case for Change'

17/06/2021

What the children’s services sector said about the independent review into children’s social care.

ADCS

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services President, Charlotte Ramsden, said: “This review is a once in a generation opportunity to make meaningful and lasting change for the children and young people who need our help and support to thrive. The case [...]

Read Full Story

Children’s social care system likened to Jenga tower held together with Sellotape

17/06/2021

Children’s services often intervene with vulnerable families too late, the independent review into children’s social care has stated.

The government’s main focus should be on supporting the resources of families and the wider community to keep children safe as close to a family environment as is possible. While decisive action still needs to be taken [...]

Read Full Story
Children First is an online resource for professionals working with children presented by WillisPalmer, providing you with the latest news, features and interviews.
Subscribe Today
Delivering a diverse, reliable range of services to children and their families across the UK
D1, Parkside, Knowledge Gateway, Nesfield Road, Colchester, Essex CO4 3ZL
Contact Us

A Mackman Group collaboration - market research by Mackman Research | website design by Mackman

closechevron-downbars linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram