This section provides information about what Higher Education Institution’s (HEI) should refer to us about a student and when.  

HEIs must make a referral to us if a student:

  • has their place on the course terminated on the grounds of misconduct or capability due to professional practice or health
  • withdraws from a social work programme during your own fitness to practise or disciplinary investigation
  • is suspended from a social work programme pending the outcome of your own fitness to practise or disciplinary investigation
  • is charged or convicted of an offence.

You should also refer to us if the matter is one you would tell Disclosure Scotland about or where you are concerned that the behaviour or actions of a student raises a serious concern about their fitness to practise. For more information about the types of behaviours or actions this may include, please see our HEI Referral Guidance.

You should refer immediately if the:

  • behaviour is serious
  • student is suspended
  • student withdraws from a social work programme and you would have considered termination
  • student is charged with or convicted of a criminal offence.

Otherwise, let us know at the end of your disciplinary/performance/capability process.

To make a referral please see the HEI Referral Guidance and download the HEI Referral Form.

If you would like more information about our Fitness to Practise process and investigations, please go to the Higher Education Institutions section