Regulatory Framework for Social Care


This module introduces students to the regulatory environment which governs their professional role in social care and addresses some of the core proficiencies of social care as set out in the CORU Standards of Proficiency for Social Care. It sensitises learners to the regulatory issues which arise in the delivery of social care and the regulatory implications of decision-making within their profession. This module also considers various reports into catastrophic failures within health and social care and evaluate the learning which can be derived from same for social care practitioners.  The module will also familiarise learners with The Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act, 2015 and the associated regulations. 

The module maps to the following CORU Standards of Proficiency:

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4,1.6, 1.7, 1.10, 1.14, 1.16, 1.19.

2.10, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2                                                                

Learning Outcomes

  1. demonstrate a comprehensive awareness of the legislation governing social care practice, in particular but not limited to, The Health and Social Care Professionals Acts and The Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act, 2015 (Proficiencies 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.10,1.16);

  2. articulate a thorough familiarity with the role of The Health and Social Care Professionals Council in relation to Fitness to Practice to enable safe and effective practise within the legal, ethical and practice boundaries of the profession  (Proficiencies 1.1, 1.7, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2);

  3. have a full awareness of the concepts and application of the principles of natural justice and fair procedures as they apply to social care (Proficiency 1.1);

  4. have an appreciation of the aims, limitations and reforms of tort law as it applies as it applies to social care and the current guidelines and legislation relating to candour and disclosure. (Proficiencies 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.6);

  5. an ability to extrapolate the learning from reports into the failures in health and social care in order to identify the limits of their practice and know when to seek advice and be able to recognise and manage the potential conflict that can arise between confidentiality and whistle-blowing (Proficiencies 1.2, 1.9, 1.14. 1.19, 2.10).

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