SWE fitness to practise guidance for social workers

UNISON has worked with the social worker regulator Social Work England (SWE) to update  SWE’s fitness to practise referral guidance for employers and social workers. The updated  guides are here:

Guidance for employers – Social Work England

Safe and effective practice – Social Work England

The revised versions are more user friendly with more accessible language and inclusion of case studies. There is improved synergy and read-across between the two guidance documents.  UNISON views these documents as ‘two faces of the same coin’. There should be  the same understanding for the employer as the Social Worker. We will keep the updated guidance under review as part of our regular meetings with SWE.

We have organised a webinar to brief members on how to respond to a fitness to practise  referral made to SWE and when to make a self-referral about their fitness to practise. It will also  help members decide what (if anything) to declare when they join to the register for the  first time, restore to the register or renew their registration.

UNISON and SWE speakers will take members through fitness to practise procedures and what  is expected regarding a social worker’s ability to practise safely and effectively.

The webinar will take place on Thursday 23 September 2021 at 12.30-1.30pm.

Click on the following link to register for the webinar:

After registering, applicants will receive an automated confirmation email containing  information about joining the webinar. For those who can’t attend, a recording of the webinar  will be made available online after the event.