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Additional support

A guide intended to help answer questions about the fitness to practise process and what to expect.

If you need any support

Last updated: 27 January 2021

We know that involvement in a fitness to practise investigation can be very difficult. We want to minimise stress to social workers wherever possible.

Our processes are designed to be accessible without legal support, but we would always encourage you to seek independent support at the earliest opportunity.

You can find more information about independent and confidential support services.

Everyone going through fitness to practise procedures will have a named contact at Social Work England. If you need additional support, please talk to us so we can advise you where best to find help.

We have worked in partnership with Samaritans to train our staff involved in the fitness to practise process to make sure they have the skills to help recognise where someone might need additional support.

We will keep information relating to health and wellbeing confidential in line with data protection legislation. We may share this information with other organisations who can offer support, but we will always discuss this with you before sharing any information.

If you are struggling with fitness to practise related costs, please speak to your named contact so we can help you find support. You may be able to get help from other organisations offering financial support and guidance.

You will be asked for feedback at various stages of the process and we would encourage you to provide this in confidence to help us improve.

If you believe that one of our processes was unfair, you should read more about how to make a complaint.

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