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The HCPC’s Draft Guide to Social Media for Social Workers
The HCPC have released a draft social media guide for social work practitioners to ensure that their online postings meet professional standards.
More and more people are using social networking sites to communicate, which has lead the HCPC to be contacted frequently by practitioners with regards to what is and isn’t acceptable to post on social media sites.
The HCPC said that the “vast majority” of professionals use social media without any issues, but there are some who have been found to be posting inappropriate content.
For example, in September 2014 a social worker was removed from practice over Facebook comments regarding a child protection case she was involved in. The comments included information regarding her location, and also her personal views surrounding the case which were deemed as insensitive and disrespectful.
The guide lays out a set of top tips for practitioners which covers how social media can be used in a positive way whilst still ensuring that standards are met.
A few of the top tips from the guide are as follows:
As the social media guide is a draft, the HCPC are seeking views from social workers on whether or not they think that the guidance is appropriate and relevant.