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Social worker cautioned for failing to report the whereabouts of a violent teenager

The social worker, who was providing supported lodgings for care leavers for a local authority, did not tell anyone that a teenager who had previously threatened one of the young people in her care had returned to the UK. By Judy Cooper A social worker has been given a three-year caution after she allowed care […]

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HCPC: ‘We need to be clear about what we expect from social workers’

We need to be clearer about what standards mean to the public and to social workers, says Anna van der Gaag, chair of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which regulates social workers in England. In the aftermath of the Francis report, with its focus on toxic cultures and poor standards of professionalism, the […]

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What to expect from the new conduct system if your social work practice is questioned

Ever wondered what a fitness to practise hearing would be like? Here’s what I observed during a hearing last week at the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which regulates social workers in England. After presenting myself to the receptionist at the HCPC’s London headquarters, I was led down a winding corridor into the belly […]

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