Social workers are to be more tightly regulated in the Isle of Man.
The Department of Health and Social Care this week placed a measure before Tynwald about the matter of social workers’ registration.
It will make it compulsory from May 1 for all social workers to be registered with a professional body in neighbouring jurisdictions, such as the UK’s Health and Care Professions Council.
It will be an offence for people who are not registered to use the term ‘social worker’ with the intent to deceive others.
Using the term ‘social worker’ includes using a title or description which implies that people are registered.
Those who use the protected title or practise without registration, as well as fail to carry out adequate employment checks, may face prosecution.
The department’s registration and inspection unit will ensure that care service providers who employ social workers assure themselves, and the registration and inspection unit, that social workers are registered.
The department said the purpose was to assure the public about such services.
Minister for Health and Social Care Howard Quayle MHK said: ‘The requirement for registration brings the social work profession in line with many other disciplines. The introduction is a further example of the department’s commitment to maintain and improve our standard of care through regulation.’