The following Corporate Crime guidance note Produced in partnership with Paul Renteurs of 2 Hare Court provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
FORTHCOMING CHANGE: A new regulator for social workers in England, called Social Work England, has been established which will take over responsibility from the Health and Care Professionals Council for the regulation of standards for social workers. See News Analysis: Regulating social workers—England’s new regime. It has been announced that Social Work England will assume its responsibilities as regulator from 2 December 2019.
Referrals to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) can come from any source, but usually comes from individual patients or service users or their families, and from employers or former employers of the registrant. The HCPC has powers under Health Professions Order 2001 (HPO 2001), SI 2002/254, art 22(6) to investigate a matter even if a complaint has not been raised in the usual way and these powers may be used in cases of self referral and also where information has come from other sources, such as media reports.
No particular form is required for a complaint to be made but the HCPC has provided guidance setting out the Threshold Policy for Fitness to Practise Investigations that allegations must normally meet in order to proceed. This replaced the HCPC’s Standard of Acceptance from 14 January 2019. The Threshold Policy requires that a complaint should:
be in writing
sufficiently identify the registrant against whom the complaint
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