The services I have talked about are regulated in different ways. I had a look at the Cambridge Children’s centre and Cambridge counselling service. The professionals I looked at where a social worker and a counsellor. A social worker is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council. Counselling services are regulated by British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. The health and care professions council regulates social workers by ensuring that they are all registered with them. It is a criminal offence to practice as a speech therapist if you have not registered with the health and care professions council. Their job is to protect the wellbeing of people who use the services of the health and care professions council. They only register people who meet their standards for their professional skills, behaviour and health. The HCPC hold hearing where health professionals and lay people (untrained people) decide if a registrant’s ability to practice is impaired by their conduct, competence of health. The maximum sanction that they can hold is to strike a person off their register, meaning they cannot work within the UK for a minimum of 5 years. I believe that this is an effective way of regulating social services because it ensures that they all must follow the set standards proposed by the HCPC. If a social worker or service were to not meet that standard, they would be unable to practice in the UK. This provides a good incentive for social workers to meet the standards. However, I feel that it may be more effective if the HCPC were to regularly inspect services to ensure they are of a high standard. I feel that more consequences should be in place for social workers who do not meet this standard such as fines or even a sentence. Although I believe that it is good to hold a hearing with other professionals in order to make a proper judgement of the service I also think that they need to provide further and more severe punishments....
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