Social worker adjudicator
We're looking for social worker adjudicators to sit on a panel and assist in the decision making process of a hearing in order to determine whether a social worker’s fitness to practise is, or continues to be, impaired. This includes whether they meet the requirements for registration or restoration to the register.
This is a pivotal role in ensuring those in receipt of social work services and members of the public are protected. Your decisions contribute to ensuring that social workers only practise when they are capable of doing so safely.
Your work will involve sitting on various different hearings, for example interim orders, final hearings, registration appeals or applications to re-join the register. No two days will be the same as you’ll strive to ensure that cases are dealt with efficiently, objectively and fairly.
Social worker adjudicators are appointed to hear cases and contribute to decision making under Regulation 19(3), 25 and Schedule 2 of The Social Workers Regulations 2018. In order to be eligible for the role of social worker adjudicator, you must be registered with Social Work England and currently practising without restriction or adverse fitness to practise history.
Proposed fees and expenses
£310 per day when sitting. Expenses will be payable in line with our expenses policy.
Social worker adjudicators will be expected to commit to at least 30 hearing days per year. You will be required to attend a 2-day online training course and regular refresher training (which may be online or in Sheffield).
Whilst the majority of our hearings are expected to take place remotely using online conferencing software, you may be required to sit on in-person hearings at our Sheffield offices. You will be required to have access to your own internet-enabled device.
What you will do
- Read documents in advance and assimilate information quickly and accurately.
- Make confident and independent decisions that stand up to scrutiny, doing so under pressure, and articulating these clearly and carefully in precise written decisions.
- Evaluate evidence presented for the hearing and provide analytical scrutiny to the hearing process, considering complex issues, multiple facts, and emotive issues.
- With the support of the legal adviser, refer to and apply the relevant sections of our legislation and policy guidance when determining cases.
- Decide, as appropriate, if regulatory action is required and if so, issuing appropriate sanctions and outcomes.
- Collaborate with other adjudicators to reach consensus on the most appropriate out-come for a case, maintaining public protection as a primary focus.
- Take decisions on cases that are appropriate, balanced and compliant with the legislation, guidance and fitness to practise protocols in place.
- Listen to hearing participants and ask questions as and when necessary, during a hearing.
- Maintain ethical standards and supporting others to adhere to these throughout the hearing process.
- Maintain competence in panel member skills by attending training and engaging in annual appraisal.
Your skills and knowledge
- Currently practising and registered with Social Work England without restriction or any adverse fitness to practise history.
- Ability to make sound, impartial, independent, and objective decisions by exercising reasoned judgement and applying professional expertise and knowledge in different settings.
- Ability to provide written outcomes and reasoning, explaining, and justifying decisions in an accurate, clear, and concise manner.
- Ability to work within established policies and procedures and a demonstrable commitment to the Nolan Principles for public life.
- An understanding of the Data Protection Act, the importance of preventing data security incidents and maintaining confidentiality.
- Ability to apply expertise and knowledge in dealing with social workers whose fitness to practise has been called into question, and to work within established policies and procedures.
- Demonstrable commitment to and understanding of our fitness to practise statutory framework (or commitment to acquiring that understanding), and evidence of a commitment to remain informed and up-to-date on current issues.
- Ability to establish credibility and maintain excellent professional relationships with people at all levels.
- Ability to collaborate with other adjudicators, , demonstrating respect for the views and advice of others and supporting collective decision making.
- A proven role model for respectful, open and honest behaviour including a demonstrable commitment to equality, inclusion and diversity in service delivery.
- Ability to use Microsoft Office products and other electronic systems.