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Are you interested in being involved in reviewing the standards of proficiency for social workers in England?

Service user and carer input into the review of the standards of proficiency for social workers in England

Shaping Our Lives have been asked by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to involve service users and carers in a review of the standards of proficiency that are specific to social workers in England.
The standards describe what someone needs to know about, understand and be able to do by the time they successfully complete education and training and become eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC and to practise as a social worker.
The purpose of the review is to look at how the existing standards of proficiency are working and to identify whether any changes are required. Shaping Our Lives will be providing feedback on the views of service users and carers as part of the review process.
Would you like to take part?
Shaping Our Lives is looking for service users and carers who have experience of social work services as a user and possibly some knowledge of social work education and training would be helpful.
You will be required to take part in 3 activities:
1. A focus group lasting 2 hours that will have a facilitator to guide the discussion. Timing of this will be late July/early August 2015.

2. A second focus group lasting 2 hours that will have a facilitator to guide the discussion. Timing of this will be early September 2015.

3. You will be asked to review short recommendations from these two meetings and take part in a conference call to agree any changes to the recommendations with the group.
(The focus groups are likely to be held in London or the South East)

Participation costs
All reasonable travel and support costs will be funded and there is a total involvement payment for all 3 activities of £125.

If you are interested in taking part please contact Becki Meakin on 07956 424511 or by email at becki@shapingourlives.org.uk as soon as possible as places are limited.

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