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How we make decisions

Glossary of terms

Our glossary of terms is intended to help provide consistency across our different formal decision making stages in our fitness to practise process.

Just disposal of transfer cases

Social Work England will need to determine how previous HCPC cases should proceed and ensure that they are handled in a risk based, just and proportionate manner.

Publications policy

The Social Workers Regulations 2018 require Social Work England to publish decisions made by its case examiners and adjudicators.

Conditions bank

This document outlines the wording that should be used when drafting conditions and should be read in conjunction with our glossary of terms and sanctions guidance.

Sanctions guidance

Our fitness to practise powers enable us to deliver our overarching objective through proportionate sanctions where an individual social worker’s fitness to practise is impaired.

Adjudicator conflicts of interest

This policy sets out how Social Work England will manage any conflicts of interest that arise when assessing an adjudicator’s eligibility to work on a fitness to practise case.

Empanelment, scheduling and cancellation

For guidance on how the empanelment, scheduling and cancellation of hearings is managed by Social Work England’s hearing case managers.

Pre-hearing case management

For guidance on the purpose of pre-hearing case management which is to facilitate the effective and efficient running of fitness to practise panel hearings.

Triage guidance

This guidance is for triage officers, who are trained and authorised to make decisions as set out in The Social Worker Regulations 2018 and the fitness to practise rules.

Case examiner guidance

This guidance sets out the types of concern that may require case examiners to restrict a social worker’s right to work and the factors that should be taken into account.

Referral for an interim order

This guidance supports investigators and case examiners to decide whether to invite the adjudicators to consider making an interim order.

Case examiner conflicts of interest

This guidance sets out how Social Work England will manage any conflicts of interest that arise when assessing a case examiner’s eligibility to work on a fitness to practise case.

Independence of case examiners

Case examiners and other Social Work England employees have a shared responsibility to make sure the integrity of the decision-making process is maintained.

Application of regulations and rules

This guidance explains our fitness to practise rules and social worker regulations. It aims to help everyone understand how the fitness to practise process works.

Postponements and adjournments

Guidance for adjudicators, social workers and representatives on postponements and adjournments of fitness to practise hearings.

Notices and preceding in the absence of the social worker

Guidance for adjudicators, social workers and representatives on service of notices and proceeding in the absence of the social worker.

Restoration to the register after removal orders

This document provides guidance to adjudicators and applicants about restoration after removal orders.

Drafting fitness to practise decisions

This document helps adjudicators, case examiners and Social Work England triage officers make well-reasoned decisions.

Self-represented social workers

This guidance is intended to help adjudicators and legal assessors manage hearings where the social workers represent themselves.

Conduct of representatives

This document sets out the circumstances and factors which may lead a panel of adjudicators to exclude a representative (or other person) from fitness to practise proceedings.

Voluntary removal

This guidance sets out how we will manage a request for voluntary removal from the register in circumstances where there are ongoing fitness to practise proceedings.