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Information for employers

Information and advice for registered social workers, education and training providers, employers, students and people with temporary registration. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information and advice

Last updated 10 June 2020 3.40pm

Information for employers

Employers should take all necessary steps to make sure staff are suitably equipped and have the right information to minimise the risk of transmission based on government guidelines.

If you know or suspect that an employee is infected, or you have an employee with a pre-existing health condition that place them at increased risk of infection, they should follow the current public health advice.

GOV.UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for employees, employers and businesses

Acas: Coronavirus: advice for employers and employees

Prioritising fitness to practise matters

During the acute stage of the pandemic response we took the decision to delay investigating lower risk fitness to practise cases, so the workforce could concentrate on responding. While we continue to be aware of the pressures that the sector is currently facing, we also recognise the importance of ensuring the timely progression of fitness to practise cases for the people involved and for employers.

We will now resume progression of lower risk cases. We will continue to ensure that we only ask for the information that we really need and to agree longer time frames for responding if needed.

We previously asked employers to only refer fitness to practise concerns involving high risk situations, but now you can refer concerns to us as normal. For more information, read our guidance on fitness to practise referrals.

COVID-19 information relating to fitness to practise