The Professional Standards Authority has published its review of Social Work England’s performance against their Standards of Good Regulation for the period from 1 December 2021 to 31 December 2022.

For this period, SWE met 16 of the 18 standards.  In relation to fitness to practise, SWE met only 3 of the 5 standards.  The 2 standards which the PSA concluded that SWE did not meet were:

  • Standard 15: The regulator’s process for examining and investigating cases is fair, proportionate, deals with cases as quickly as is consistent with a fair resolution of the case and ensures that appropriate evidence is available to support decision-makers to reach a fair decision that protects the public at each stage of the process.
  • Standard 17: The regulator identifies and prioritises all cases which suggest a serious risk to the safety of patients or service users and seeks interim orders where appropriate.

Colum Conway, chief executive of Social Work England, said:

“Once again, we welcome the Authority’s latest performance review highlighting both positive feedback and areas for improvement. We will continue to work determinedly to resolve challenges around fitness to practise as highlighted in the review.

“Earlier this month we published an ambitious new strategy for the next 3 years that we hope will drive further improvements in everything we do, and in social work in England. We will also shortly be publishing our next business plan which will reflect our operational priorities for the next 12 months.”

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