Social Workers Registration Board - Public Consultation on Return to Practice Bye-Law 2020

This consultation is now closed.

The Social Workers Registration Board has opened a public consultation on a draft Return to Practice Bye-Law 2020.

Background

The Social Workers Registration Board (the ‘Board’) has previously made a bye-law which sets out the return to practice requirements for those who are resuming the practice of their profession after not having practised the profession for two years or more.

In circumstances however where an applicant wishes to commence the practice of the profession, after a period of two years or more has passed since that person obtained an approved qualification, the Board is not empowered to require that applicant to undertake a period of updating as he/ she is not resuming practice as stated in the Health and Social Care Professionals Act, 2005 (as amended). These are delayed entry applicants.

CORU notified the Department of Health about this issue and requested a legal amendment to address it. An amendment bill was prepared, passed through the legislative process, and was enacted on 20 December 2017. The amendment permits registration boards to make a bye-law setting out the return to practice requirements for those commencing practice.

The Social Workers Registration Board decided that a single bye-law should be made that covers both those who are commencing practice (delayed entry applicants) and those that are resuming practice. The current return to practice bye-law S.I. 319 of 2013 will then be revoked.

The Board has approved a draft bye-law for consultation purposes that sets out the return to practice requirements for applicants in respect of those who have not practised for a period of between 2 and 5 years and those who have not practised for a period of greater than 5 years. The Board decided that the period of updating shall consist of contact hours spent by the applicant engaging in:

a) supervised practice, making a minimum of 50% of the period of updating;
b) formal study, making a minimum of 10% of the period of updating; and/or
c) private study, making a minimum of 10% of the period of updating.

CORU is inviting responses from registrants and stakeholders relevant to the profession in relation to this draft bye-law.

To read the draft bye-law, please click on the below link:

Social Workers Registration Board Draft Return to Practice Bye-Law 2020

How to submit your views

A report outlining the feedback received will be published on www.coru.ie following consideration of all submissions.

Closing Date

The consultation process will close at 5pm on 29 October 2019. Submissions received after this time and date will not be considered.

Data Protection and Freedom of Information

Please note that submissions made to CORU during our public consultations are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014.The information provided to CORU consultations will be stored in a secure and confidential manner by CORU and will only be used for the purposes outlined. It will be deleted in line with our record retention policy. After each public consultation CORU publishes a consultation report on this website that contains a summary of comments received, CORU’s response to those, and lists the individual names or organisations that have given their feedback, where those have been provided.