Social workers urged to re-register with regulator

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Make sure your current social worker is registered, contact FASO for leaflet C5 (English) and C5a (Welsh) telling you how.

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has issued a plea to thousands of social workers to re-register by the end of the month.

Social workers not registered with the HCPC are not allowed to practise. Image: Arlen Connelly/posed by models
The call comes after the regulator revealed that 8,425 social workers failed to renew their registration by its deadline of 2 January. Those that did not renew their registration are not allowed to practise as social workers in England until they re-register.

The HCPC does not hold data on how many of those who failed to renew are working with children and young people. But figures from the Centre for Workforce Intelligence suggest that local authorities in the UK employ approximately 22,000 children? social workers.

The HCPC said that those who register by February 1 will not incur extra costs above the standard ñ52 two-year registration fee. But anyone re-registering after this date will face a fee of ò67, which includes a ñ15 ?dministration cost?due to the extra paperwork involved, an HCPC spokeswoman said.

The HCPC spokeswoman said: ?ot all of those who did not renew their registration will have to do so.

?ome did not because they have retired, some have perhaps moved into management roles, but there will be some that failed to do so and need to ensure they re-register so that they can practise.

?here we have their employment details their employers have been written to so they can ensure they are not practising social work.?r

The HCPC took on responsibility for registering social workers when the General Social Care Council (GSCC) was closed last year.

A College of Social Work spokeswoman argued that the number of social workers who did re-register is ?ctually fairly high? since many who were on the GSCC? books were not practising and therefore not required to register with the new body.

She said: ?ome people kept their registration live in case they moved back into practising social work. And some others who were in senior roles, or had retired, chose to be registered as a mark of their pride in being part of the profession.

?t is not particularly surprising that some of these people have chosen not to transfer their registration.?r

In total 80,049 social workers have renewed their registration with the HCPC. This represents 90.5 per cent of the profession.

BBC Looking for Wrongly Accused

BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat is preparing a news story relating to young women being prosecuted for making false rape allegations. At this point, that is all I can share in a public forum like this, but I am happy to speak directly to anyone who would like to know more. We are looking to speak to a young man (16-26yrs) who has first-hand experience of being involved in this distressing and difficult situation.

We fully understand some men may be hesitant in offering to take part. To those we would say, firstly, this is an important issue for our 12 million young listeners and a topic which deserves to be covered in a sensitive and factual way. Secondly, we can, as we often do, guarantee a contributors complete anonymity.

Take for example a recent story we did on a similarly difficult and sensitive topic:

It is always difficult to have these conversations online, and so I would encourage anyone who would like to learn more to contact me directly and we can speak. There will be no obligation to take part after that. My email is Kindest thanks, Declan.

Teacher suspected of abuse given anonymity

Editor Telegraph
Via web
Dear editor
Reference ?Teacher suspected of abuse given anonymity
With reference to your article on Fri 28th Sep 2012 by Graeme Paton and Martin Evans

Graham Stuart chair of the Commons Education Select Committee, along with the committee have been able to amend the 2011 Education Act, commencing 1st October 2012 to bring a degree of anonymity of sexual offences to teachers, and anyone who names a teacher ?subject of a criminal allegation made by or on behalf of a child, could face prosecution or a £5k fine.

That is all well and good, and about time, but what has happened to the protection of the rest of society all walks of life and who have also had allegations of a sexual nature ?why are they not also to be allowed anonymity until trial, thus protecting, until trial the children, partners and wider family of the accused.

It is good that the education committee have a partial success in bringing this law ?the item that highlighted this new law, in Fridays Telegraphs news, is that of the adult teacher and a student at the school, who went missing. Fortunately both have been found and apprehended.

Why are the two issues in conflict? ?common sense says, and should be reflected in legislation, that if a teacher (or any adult) goes away with a pupil/child/vulnerable adult whether in there care or not, should then forfeit anonymity in order to have media coverage in order that the child’s welfare is checked.

FASO have been here for the past 11 years and are here to support those who are factually falsely accused and last year had over 3000 calls to our helpline a great number of which dealt with false allegations of abuse/sex allegations. We helped callers and their families through their distress and vilification which families suffer whilst the accused awaits court proceedings.

Margaret Gardener