1) Purpose and Scope
1.1 Professional social work training in Scotland is regulated by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). This body has responsibility both for regulating social work education and training and for awarding the professional qualification, the Diploma in Social Work (DipSW). The West of Scotland Consortium for Education and Training is an approved DipSW programme provider in terms of the SSSC's regulations.
1.2 In view of the professional nature of the Diploma in Social Work (SSSC award), there is a need to ensure that students on the programme are suitable for entry to the profession. The SSSC require the programme to have procedures that allow for a student's professional training to be terminated when there are concerns regarding a student's suitability. Decisions on termination of training under these procedures apply solely to the SSSC award.
1.3 These procedures are distinct from University disciplinary procedures. A student who is the subject of University disciplinary or complaints procedures, or criminal charges, may, with respect to the same matter(s), also be the subject of the professional suitability procedure. The professional suitability procedure may occur before, at the same time as, or subsequent to, any of these other processes.
1.4 Under certain circumstances this procedure may also apply to candidates applying for admission to the DipSW programme. Appendix 1 to this document sets out the circumstances and how this procedure will apply.
1.5 Unless otherwise specified all uses of the words "day" or "days" mean calendar days.
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