Social Workers Registration Act 2003

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30 Restrictions on issue of practising certificates

(1)

The Registrar must refer an application for a practising certificate to the Board if he or she—

(a)

believes on reasonable grounds that—

(i)

the applicant has not completed a competence assessment required by this Act; or

(ii)

the applicant has completed a competence assessment required by this Act, but the results are not yet available; or

(iii)

the applicant has completed a competence assessment required by this Act, and the results seem unsatisfactory; or

(iv)

the applicant has previously held a practising certificate, but has not held a practising certificate within the 3 years immediately before the date of the application; or

(b)

suspects on reasonable grounds that the applicant—

(i)

has at any time failed to maintain a reasonable standard of professional competence; or

(ii)

has not been practising social work at any time within the 3 years immediately before the date of the application; or

(iii)

is not a fit and proper person to practise social work.

(2)

The Registrar may refer an application for a practising certificate to the Board if the applicant was first registered within the 3 years immediately before the date of the application.

(2A)

The Registrar may refer any application for a practising certificate to the Board for it to decide whether the person is a fit and proper person to practise as a social worker, if the Registrar has reason to suspect that the applicant is not a fit and proper person to practise as a social worker.

(3)

The Registrar may refuse to issue a practising certificate if satisfied that any information included in the application for it is false or misleading.

(4)

[Repealed]

Section 30(1)(b)(ii): amended, on 28 February 2019, by section 42(1) of the Social Workers Registration Legislation Act 2019 (2019 No 3).

Section 30(2A): inserted, on 28 February 2019, by section 42(2) of the Social Workers Registration Legislation Act 2019 (2019 No 3).

Section 30(4): repealed, on 28 February 2019, by section 42(3) of the Social Workers Registration Legislation Act 2019 (2019 No 3).