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Standards of proficiency - Social workers in England
|Date of publication: 25/06/2012 |
| Category: Standards |
| Audience: Prospective registrants, Registrants |
| Social workers in England joined the Health and Care Professions Council on Wednesday 1 August 2012. These standards are effective from that date. |
The standards of proficiency (SOPs) set out what a social worker in England should know, understand and be able to do when they complete their social work training so that they can register with the HCPC. They set out clear expectations of a social worker’s knowledge and abilities when they start practising.
The work to set the standards of proficiency for social workers in England developed alongside the work of the Social Work Reform Board. One outcome of the Reform Board, the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF), is now managed by the College of Social Work.
The PCF describes the capabilities required of social workers at all stages of their career, whilst the SOPs set out what a social worker must know, understand and be able to do when they start practising for the first time.
As both the PCF and the SOPs were produced at the same time we worked with the College of Social Work to map the SOPs to the PCF so that stakeholders can see how the two documents interact. We have published the mapping below.
We have also published a joint statement with the College of Social Work on the interactions between the PCF and the SOPs. Click here to read our statement.
The College of Social Work have also published a document mappng the PCF to the SOPs. The document is available on the College's website, here.
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| || Standards of proficiency - Social workers in England |
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| || Mapping of HPC standards of proficiency against the PCF |
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| || Standards of proficiency, Social workers in England (large print) |
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