The Care Council for Wales (CCFW) manages the regulation of social workers in Wales. The CCFW is permitted to authorise an interim suspension order against any social worker when investigating cases brought against them. The order can last up to 6 months or for as long as the initial investigation takes place.
The Care Council for Wales disciplinary process
All findings made by an allocated investigating officer will be presented to a Preliminary Proceedings Committee after an initial evaluation.
If there is just cause to present a case, the Preliminary Proceedings Committee will refer it to one of the following for a hearing:
- The Conduct Committee
For matters pertaining to convictions, misconduct, incompetence, and determinations by other regulators.
- The Health Committee
For matters pertaining to health problems.
Both sides should present evidence, including witnesses wherever relevant. The social worker must be allowed every opportunity to make a complete defence.
If the committee involved decides that the case against the social worker has been proved on the balance of probabilities, they can administer one of the following actions:
- Take no action
- Issue a warning
- Suspend the social worker for up to 2 years
- Remove the social worker from the working register
The social worker can appeal to the High Court against any decision or sanction made by the Care Council for Wales.
Internal disciplinary proceedings
We also represent any social worker involved in cases of internal disciplinary proceedings being carried out by their employer or line manager.