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Information for employers

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information and advice

Last updated 20 March 2020 8.40am

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 high risk fitness to practise matters

The safety and wellbeing of people who use services remains our priority. During the period of the emergency, we ask employers to only refer cases involving high risk situations, such as abusive behaviour or serious safeguarding concerns. We will delay investigating lower risk cases so the workforce can concentrate on responding to the pandemic.

During the emergency, we will continue to hold fitness to practise hearings where we believe that temporary restrictions (interim orders) are necessary to protect the public.

We will also hold hearings where we are required to review an active restriction on a social worker’s registration. In these cases, hearings will be heard remotely using video conferencing and the social worker will be supported to take part.

We may also hold final hearings in limited circumstances where we believe it is appropriate to adjudicate on the matter by video conference. This will be for shorter hearings and will not include cases where witness evidence is required from social workers or employees who would otherwise be engaged in responding to the pandemic.