Information for employers
COVID-19 information for employers.
Information and advice
Last updated 14 January 2021 5.20pm
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.
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.
Temporary registration - coronavirus
If your employee failed to renew their registration, they must apply to restore their registration as soon as possible.
However, under the powers given to us by government, temporary registration remains in place for as long as it is required during the pandemic. All those who have not renewed their registration this year will now be given temporary registration status.
Your employee can continue to practise with a registration status of 'temporary registration - coronavirus' whilst we process their application to restore.
Temporary registration will only remain in place until we are advised that the emergency is over from the Secretary of State. Once this happens, all temporary registrations will end 14 days after the date we are notified. We are not able to advise when the temporary register will close.
Please note that social workers with a temporary registration status do not have the same rights as those with a full registration status. Social workers with temporary registration can be removed from the register at any time. If a concern is raised about them that meets our triage test whilst they have temporary registration, they will automatically be removed without an investigation.