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The Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Qualifications) (Wales) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

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PART 2Savings and transitional provision

Pending applications

16.—(1) Where a relevant application is received before exit day, the 2016 Act continues to apply in relation to the application (including in relation to any appeal arising from it) on and after exit day as if the amendments made by Part 1 had not been made.

(2) In paragraph (1), “relevant application” means an application for—

(a)admission to the visiting European social worker part or the visiting European social care manager part of the register kept under section 80 of the 2016 Act,

(b)renewal of registration in those parts of the register under section 86(2) of the 2016 Act,

(c)readmission to those parts of the register under section 80 of the 2016 Act following lapse of registration, or

(d)restoration to those parts of the register under section 96(2) or 97(2) of the 2016 Act.

Visiting social workers and visiting social care managers: saving of old law

17.—(1) This regulation applies where—

(a)immediately before exit day—

(i)a person had the benefit of regulation 12 of the European Union (Recognition of Professional Qualifications) Regulations 2015(1) in respect of the provision by that person of services as a social worker or a social care manager, and

(ii)section 90(3) or 90A(3) of the 2016 Act applied to the person, and

(b)the person continues to have that benefit on or after exit day.

(2) Despite the amendments made by Part 1, the following provisions of the 2016 Act continue to apply in relation to the provision of those services by that person on and after exit day, as they applied before that day, subject to the modifications specified in regulation 18 (interpretation of saved provisions)—

(a)in section 66(1) (interpretation of Parts 3 to 8), the definitions of “exempt person”, “the General Systems Regulations”, “national”, “relevant European State”, “visiting European social care manager part” and “visiting European social worker part”;

(b)section 74(3) (rules: fees);

(c)in section 80, subsections (1)(c) and (d), (2)(c) and (d) and (3)(c) and (d) (the register);

(d)section 90 (visiting social workers from relevant European States);

(e)section 90A (visiting social care managers from relevant European States);

(f)section 113(3) to (5) (continuing professional development).

(3) Paragraph (2) has effect until—

(a)in the case of a person who is registered in accordance with section 90(3) or 90A(3) of the 2016 Act, the day on which the person’s name is removed from the register under section 90(6) or 90A(6) of that Act as the case may be;

(b)in the case of a person who is treated as being registered under section 90(4) or 90A(4) of that Act, the day on which the person’s entitlement to be registered under section 90(3) or 90A(3) of the 2016 Act ceases by virtue of section 90(5) or 90A(5) of that Act as the case may be.

Interpretation of provisions saved by regulation 17(2)

18.  In so far as the following provisions of the 2016 Act continue to apply by virtue of regulation 17(2), they apply with the following modifications—

(a)in section 90 (visiting social workers from relevant European States)—

(i)subsection (1) is to be read as if “other than the United Kingdom” was omitted;

(ii)subsection (8) is to be read as if, for the definitions of “exempt person” and “the General Systems Regulations”, there were substituted—

“exempt person” (“person esempt”) means—

(a)

a person who, immediately before exit day, was a national of a relevant European State,

(b)

a person who, immediately before exit day, was a national of the United Kingdom and, at that time, was seeking access to, or pursuing, by virtue of an enforceable EU right, social work, or work as a social care manager, or

(c)

a person who, immediately before exit day, was not a national of a relevant European State, but at that time was, by virtue of an enforceable EU right, entitled to be treated, for the purposes of access to and pursuit of social work or work as a social care manager, no less favourably than a national of a relevant European State,

and for the purposes of this definition, “enforceable EU right” (“hawl UE orfodadwy”) means a right recognised and available in domestic law, immediately before exit day, by virtue of section 2(1) of the European Communities Act 1972 (c. 68);;;

“the General Systems Regulations” (“y Rheoliadau Systemau Cyffredinol”) means the European Union (Recognition of Professional Qualifications) Regulations 2015 (S.I. 2015/2059)—

(a)

in relation to anything done before exit day, as they had effect at that time;

(b)

otherwise, as (and only to the extent that) they have effect, on or after exit day, in relation to an entitlement which arose before exit day or arises as a result of something done before exit day;;

(b)in section 90A (visiting social care managers from relevant European States), subsection (1) is to be read as if “other than the United Kingdom” was omitted.

Internal Market Information System (IMI) Alerts

19.—(1) This regulation applies where—

(a)before exit day, a person is given notice of a decision made under regulation 67 of the European Union (Recognition of Professional Qualifications) Regulations 2015 to send an alert about the person, and

(b)either—

(i)the time limit for appeal against the decision under section 105(1)(c) of the 2016 Act expires on or after exit day, or

(ii)an appeal against the decision under that section is made, but not finally determined, before exit day.

(2) Despite the amendments made by Part 1, the following provisions of the 2016 Act continue to apply in relation to the decision on and after exit day as they applied before exit day—

(a)in section 66(1), the definition of “the General Systems Regulations”;

(b)in section 90(8), the definition of “the General Systems Regulations”;

(c)section 105(1) (but not paragraphs (a) and (b) of that subsection and subject to the modification specified in paragraph (3) of this regulation).

(3) For the purposes of paragraph (2)(c), section 105(1)(c) of the 2016 Act is to be read as if for “those Regulations” there were substituted “the General Systems Regulations (as they had effect at the time SCW’s(2) decision was made)”.

(4) In disposing of an appeal against the decision on or after exit day, the tribunal has (instead of the powers specified in section 105(5) of the 2016 Act) the power—

(a)to confirm the decision, or

(b)if the tribunal considers that the alert should be withdrawn or amended, to direct that Social Care Wales take such steps as the tribunal thinks fit to notify the European Commission of the tribunal’s decision.

(2)

See section 67(3) of the 2016 Act for the definition of Social Care Wales (“SCW”).

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