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With social workers currently preparing to renew their registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), we are inviting practitioners to join us for a live interactive discussion focusing on the importance of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The online session will help social workers understand how they can choose the right CPD activities, how to put them into practice and how they can provide evidence of this to meet the HCPC’s standards.   


The discussion will take place on Tuesday 19th August from 7pm – 8pm, and will be an opportunity for social workers to share best practice ideas, ask questions and take advice from a high profile panel of experts. It can also count as a CPD activity.

Lined up to answer any questions during the discussion will be:

  • Robert Templeton, Council Member, Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Robert Templeton is Director of Social Work at SSAFA a charity that provides financial, practical and emotional assistance to those who are currently serving or have ever served in the British armed forces and their families. Robert is responsible for providing a range of professional social work services to military personnel and their children and families in various locations in the UK and overseas. He joined SSAFA from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) where he was Head of Transforming Social Care, responsible for SCIE’s Dignity, Personalisation, Social Work Practice Pilots, Adult Safeguarding, Carers, Mental Health, Mental Capacity Act and training and consultancy programmes.

You can read more about Robert in our exclusive interview in the latest issue of Sanctuary Social Work News.

  • Phillip Mitchell, CSSIW Regulatory Inspector & Court of Protection Court Visitor
As a regulatory inspector, Phillip Mitchell has spent his career advising on best practice and helping practitioners achieve the highest possible standards. 

Not only does he undertake inspections of regulated care settings on behalf of the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW), but he also advises on best practice around the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS). Additionally, Phillip is a visitor for the Court of Protection and provides assessments on court-appointed deputies to ensure they are effectively carrying out their responsibilities and duties. As part of this role, he also makes recommendations and investigations on behalf of the Court and the Office of the Public Guardian. 

  • Craig Davis, Head of Social Work, Sanctuary Social Care
Craig joined Sanctuary Social Care in 2005 as a social work recruitment consultant and is now head of the Social Work department, liaising directly with both clients and candidates. 
In his role, Craig regularly speaks to social workers and will be able to use his knowledge and understanding to clarify any misunderstandings that social workers may have about the upcoming renewal processes. 

  • Debbie Bell, Head of Sanctuary Training
Debbie established Sanctuary Training in 2012, and liaises with a network of experienced practitioners who are able to deliver nationwide training courses for individuals, local authorities, schools, fostering agencies and charities. 

Prior to this, Debbie worked within Sanctuary Social Care’s compliance team and she now combines her role as Head of Sanctuary Training with that of Practice & Conduct Investigator.


The HCPC encourages social workers to place more emphasis on the importance of undertaking regular CPD activities, and 2.5% of all social workers will be randomly audited to ensure that standards are being met.


We want to know what you think about the new approach – is it helping to improve social work practice? Let us know your thoughts through our short survey. We will reveal the results during the discussion.


To keep updated with the latest information relating to the online chat, or to pre-submit a question for our panel of experts, simply register your details.


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Mike Fallows, 08 August 2014, 10:59 AM
I qualified and registered as a SW in November 2013. Until recently, due to my personal circumstances then I have had to work outside of the profession - only recently applying for roles. However, the opprotunity to enter NQSW rolls is very limited - they're not around. Most vacancies require SW experience, it's catch 22. I've have dedicated 3 years study with little chance of employment. How can make myself more employable - Your comments please ?
Sanctuary Social Care, 12 August 2014, 10:21 AM
Hi Mike. Finding your first social work job can be difficult, but there are a few things you can do to help improve your chances. This includes obtaining a reference from placements you had whilst studying, attending careers fairs and networking to make yourself known. You may find our page on ‘Finding your first social work job’ useful.
Hope this helps.
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