HCPC Updates Social Worker Proficiency Standards
The Health and Care Professions Council has issued updated proficiency standards for social workers.
The regulator added safe information governance, resilience and weighing alternative explanations to its list as part of new social worker requirements to 'identify and apply strategies to build professional resilience.'
First published in 2012, the HCPC's standards define what social workers in England should know and be able to do after training so they can register with the regulator.
These latest changes were made following a consultation last year, and include new standards such as the ability to present reports in formal settings.
Also included is the ability to understand and put into practice the concept of leadership, understand principles of information governance and take competing or conflicting interests into account to make reasoned professional judgments.
Other minor amendments have been made to current standards concerning social workers' abilities to recognise situations that require immediate action, and the knowledge base they must maintain.
"The profession-specific standards for social workers in England were developed through the input of our stakeholders," said Michael Guthrie, HCPC policy and standards director.
"We are confident that the standards are fit for purpose and reflect safe and effective professional practice."
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