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Information about hearings

Find out more about the different types of hearings we hold.

We hold hearings for a Panel to decide on applications, impairment and temporary orders. Impairment hearings are in public but application and temporary order hearings are in private.

Changes due to COVID-19

Most of our hearings are taking place online but, where necessary, they are held at our offices in Dundee, with appropriate physical distancing measures. If you have a hearing coming up, you will have an opportunity to discuss the arrangements in advance.

If you have any questions about your Hearing, please contact the person who wrote you most recently.

Impairment hearings

After an investigation, we may decide that a worker's fitness to practise is impaired. This can be due to their conduct, professional practice or their health. If we decide that a sanction should be imposed, we may hold an Impairment hearing, unless the worker accepts the sanction.

These are usually public hearings but all or part of the hearing can be held in private if the panel decides for the protection of vulnerable witnesses or if the hearing is about a worker’s health.

Application hearings

We may refer a case to an application hearing when we decide not to grant an application or not to renew registration. Sometimes we may want to grant an application or renew a registration with conditions but if the worker does not consent to the conditions we would refer the case to a hearing.

The Panel will consider if the worker's fitness to practise is impaired and whether to grant the application. They may also consider additional registration conditions.

Temporary order hearings

A temporary order can be a condition which means that a worker may be required to do something differently or under supervision, but they can continue to work while we investigate their case.

A temporary suspension order means that a worker cannot practise in the particular role for which they are registered while we investigate their case.

Hearings risk assessment

We carried out a risk assessment on hearings taking place at our offices during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Access the risk assessment here

The Rules and our decisions guidance

View the documents that set out how we carry out our regulatory function and provide guidance to decision makers on when to apply the different sanctions available to them.

The Codes of Practice

Revised Codes of Practice came into effect on the 1st of November 2016. The Codes set out the standards of practice and behaviour expected of social services workers and their employers.

What we publish about hearings and decisions – Fitness to Practise Public Information Policy

Read The Public Information Policy to see what information we publish in advance of our hearings, what we don’t and why.