If no proportionate or practical condition can be found and the case is not serious enough to require that the social worker is removed from the register, a suspension is appropriate.
A social worker subject to a suspension order must not work as a social worker. It does not mean that they cannot work at all.
You can read more about this in our guidance for suspended social workers.
The length of a suspension order will take two factors into consideration; the need to protect the public and the wider public interest and the risk that a long suspension may result in loss of skills.
If it can be done safely, a trained and skilled social worker returning to practice is in the public interest. This means that decision makers consider the risk of a social worker’s loss of skills as a public interest factor.
Suspension orders can be imposed for a period of up to three years at a time and the order must be reviewed before it expires.
Suspension orders are published on our website and online register.
Once a suspension order has taken effect, a social worker’s remediation is monitored by the case review team.
You can read more about reviews of suspension orders.
Last updated: 28 November 2019