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The Social Care Wales (Proceedings before Panels) Regulations 2016

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General objectives of registration appeals panels

4.—(1) The general objectives of a registration appeals panel in carrying out its functions in relation to registration appeals proceedings are—

(a)to protect, promote and maintain the health, safety and well-being of the public;

(b)to promote and maintain—

(i)public confidence in social care workers(1), and

(ii)a high standard of conduct and practice among social care workers; and

(c)to deal fairly and justly with the case.

(2) Dealing with a case fairly and justly includes—

(a)dealing with the case in ways which are proportionate to the importance of the case, the complexity of the issues, the anticipated costs and the resources of the parties;

(b)avoiding unnecessary formality and seeking flexibility in the proceedings;

(c)ensuring, so far as practicable, that the parties are able to participate fully in the proceedings;

(d)using any special expertise of the panel or SCW effectively;

(e)avoiding delay, so far as that is compatible with a proper consideration of the issues.

(1)

See section 79 of the Act for the meaning of “social care worker”.

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