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Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001

Section 52: Use of title “social worker” etc.

152.This section provides for protection of the title “social worker” by the creation of an offence punishable by a fine up to level 5 on the standard scale (£5000 at present), for a person who is not registered as a social worker (whether in Scotland or elsewhere in the UK) to use that title or hold themselves out as a registered social worker with an intention to deceive. Subsection (1)(b) provides that Scottish Ministers may prescribe by order other job titles to be protected under this section.

153.Registration as a social worker with the Council will in effect grant a license to practise and thereby provide access to work with vulnerable people.

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