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U-turn for Social Work Regulator Plans
Plans for the new social work regulator to be controlled by the government have been reversed due to fierce controversy.
Several sector bodies such as the British Association of Social Workers (BASW), the Association of Directors of Children’s Services and the Local Government Association were among those that insisted that the new regulator must have independence from the government.
The initial intention for the social work regulator was for the responsibility to be taken from the HCPC and instead regulated by an executive agency as part of the Department for Education. However, Edward Timpson, in a debate about the regulator at Westminster Hall, said that he and the Department of Health were working to establish an independent regulator for social work, which includes what is expected of professionals in order to practice and also which is expected from universities providing education surrounding social work.
Dave Hill, president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services told Community Care “We are pleased that the new regulatory body for social work will be independent” as it is important that issues surrounding social work are made at arm’s length from the government.