Appeals to the Care Tribunal - A Registrant has the right to appeal to the Care Tribunal against a decision that affects their registration status. This includes the ability to appeal against any decision taken by NISCC. They must contact the Tribunal and apply within 28 days of the receipt of the decision from NISCC. The Care Tribunal can either confirm the outcome that is being questioned or disagree with the outcome or sanction given and overturn it. The Tribunal also has the power to vary the original decision.
For further details on the appeals process, please contact:
The Care Tribunal:
Royal Courts of Justice
Belfast BT1 3JF
Telephone number: 0300 2007 812
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Restoration Committee - If a Registrant is removed from the Register, he / she may apply to a Restoration Committee to be restored to the Register after five years. The burden will be on the Registrant to prove that he / she should be restored to the Register.
Membership of Committees - NISCC has a pool of independent people to sit on its Hearing committees. They are recruited and appointed by NISCC to act on its behalf. The pool consists of lay and social care members. Lay members come from a variety of backgrounds, for example, local authorities, human resources, private business. The background and expertise of social care members also varies, and may include experience in mental health settings, working with adults with learning difficulties, and child care and/ or practice teaching experience.
Three members sit on each Committee. Each Committee must have a majority of lay members, and the Chair is always a lay member. Each Committee also has a social care member. NISCC will endeavour as far as possible to ensure that this member has the background, experience or knowledge of the particular area of social work or social care relevant to the Registrant. Each Committee also has a legal adviser present to advise it on matters of law. Where a Committee is considering medical evidence, it may also have a medical adviser present to advise on medical issues.
Getting professional or legal advice and representation - If you are informed by NISCC that an allegation has been received about you, before responding to the information received, you may wish to seek professional or legal advice and representation by contacting your trade union or professional association or a solicitor.
Contacting NISCC Fitness to Practise Team - For information about the investigation of a case, please contact the NISCC Fitness to Practise Team by Email email@example.com or call 028 9536 2940
Contact the NISCC Committee Management Team - For information on the hearings process, please contact the NISCC Committee Management Team by Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 028 9536 2933