Produced in partnership with Paul Renteurs of 2 Hare Court

The following Corporate Crime practice note produced in partnership with Paul Renteurs of 2 Hare Court provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • HCPC—Sanctions
  • Purpose of sanctions
  • Types of sanctions
  • Mediation
  • Caution order
  • Conditions of practice order
  • Suspension order
  • Striking off order

This Practice Note explains the sanctions that the Health and Social Work Professions Council (HCPC) fitness to practice committee panel can impose. Note that the regulation of social workers in England transferred from the HCPC to Social Work England on 2 December 2019, see: LNB News 02/12/2019 29.

Purpose of sanctions

The principal aims of sanctions are to protect the public, uphold the standards and reputation of the profession and maintain public confidence in the profession and its regulator. They are not meant to be punitive; although it is recognised that some, particularly caution orders, suspension orders, and striking-off orders can have a punitive effect.

The panel's task is to determine whether, on the basis of the evidence before it, the registrant's fitness to practise has been found to be impaired. They must consider a registrant's past acts, determine whether the registrant's fitness to provide professional services is below the accepted standards and to consider whether he may pose a risk to those who may need or use his services in the future. Where such a risk is identified, the panel must then determine what degree of public protection is required.

Although the primary goal of the sanctions regime is to ensure public safety in terms of the risk posed by the registrant’s practice to those who may need or use his services in the future, panels

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