Our fitness to practise hearings process changed to opt in hearings from 1 July 2021. This means we will only hold a hearing if a worker disagrees with the outcome of our investigation and asks for one.
The Scottish Social Services Council, Scottish Qualifications Authority, Scottish Government and the Care Inspectorate continue to work together to support students undertaking work placements to allow completion of full HNC qualifications this academic year 2020-21.
We’ve produced information for social workers involved in hospital discharges to help promote consistent practice when moving people to care homes. We developed it following concerns raised by the Mental Welfare Commission.
We have introduced a new outcome to our strategic plan to promote the value placed on the social work, social care and early years workforce. The new outcome builds on increased recognition the workforce gained during the COVID-19 pandemic.