Three academics and former social workers have gained approval to carry out a study exploring the perspectives of social workers who have been referred to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
This study comes after a Community Care investigation found the regulator was in potential breach of human rights.
The researchers are seeking social workers to take part in their study by answering questions about their experiences being referred to the HCPC by their organisations.
Jadwiga Leigh at the University of Sheffield, Ken McLaughlin at Manchester Metropolitan University and Aidan Worsley at the University of Central Lancashire are hoping to learn more about the challenges social workers referred to the regulator have faced so far and how these may have impacted on their personal and professional identity.
Full anonymity will be provided and the interviews will last around an hour.
If you’re interested in this study, please email Jadwiga Leigh at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be given an information booklet which will have more details about the project or will be able to arrange to talk to someone further before agreeing to take part.
It is agreed between the researchers and Community Care that:
- All those who contact either party with enquiries relating to the study will, in all circumstances and with regard to all elements of the individual’s circumstances, remain anonymous.
- Where Community Care is contacted directly regarding the advert they will a) assure anonymity in line with the above and b) take a first name, phone number and/or email address
- Jadwiga Leigh will make contact within the following 3 working days of being passed on any enquiry