28TH MARCH 2019
CORU are currently undertaking a review of the current CPD Standard and Requirements, specifically the enforcement process as was communicated to registrants in July 2017. This review has been completed and an internal consultation process with Registration Boards commenced. When this has been considered by the Social Workers Registration Board consultation will take place with stakeholders. It is envisaged that this may be in the summer of 2019, although this will be dependent on adoption of the new approach. As yet, there is not a definitive date for this.
CORU have had the benefit of learnings arising from two CPD audits conducted by the Social Workers Registration Board and the Radiographers Registration Board. One of the key learnings and advices given to registrants is to ensure that information is redacted, as appropriate in line with confidentiality and GDPR requirements.
It was advised that CPD records should be kept in perpetuity, as they may provide evidence in the event of a complaint.
CHANGES TO SWRB CPD STANDARD & REQUIREMENTS FROM 31ST MAY 2017
Further changes have been made to the CPD Standard and Requirements for Social Workers. IASW members can download the revised SWRB CPD Standard and Requirements for Social Workers document and CPD Portfolio template from the IASW CPD Resources section.
The key changes have been summarised by CORU as follows:
Time-period for CPD
The CPD Standard and Requirements are no longer specified in defined cycles. Instead, the requirements are articulated for a 12-month period. Registrants can start this 12-month period from:
Please go to http://www.coru.ie/en/education/cpd_for_sw for futher information. You can contact CORU at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the team on 01 4727937. Please don't hestitate to contact Clíona Murphy, email@example.com with your feedback about this process.
Congratulations to Bill Foley, Senior Social Worker in the Mater Hospital whose advice and information won the IASW competition for top tips on maintaining your CORU CPD Folder.
Approaching the CPD Portfolio can be a daunting task. Not least due to the lack of clarity in relation to CORU’s expectations of the journals. In developing my own CPD Journal I have taken the age old social work principle of ‘partialising the problem’. That is to break down the requirement into more manageable parts. The approach is therefore broken down as follows.
Statutory Registration & CPD
Statutory registration was enacted May 31st 2011 as a means to ensuring professional social workers operate to a high standard of practice. All registered social workers sign a statutory declaration stating that they have read, understand and will meet the standards set out in the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for Social Workers.Section 23 of the Code sets out the standards in relation to CPD.
As a registered profession, it is essential that you clearly understand and meet the CPD requirements of registration.
To find out more about the CPD requirements of registration and to review CORU resources visit www.coru.ie or contact CORU at CORU, Joyce House, 8 - 11 Lombard Street, Dublin 2
(01) 2933160 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org