Mapping The PCF Against Other Professional Standards

The PCF is the single set of professional standards which set out what a social worker should be able to do at all levels of their career. There are other standards which specify standards for specific purposes. This section shows how we have mapped these against the PCF. As the regulator for social work, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) sets standards of proficiency - threshold standards which social workers are required to meet in order to be able to register with the HCPC.

HCPC standards of proficiency

The College and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) have mapped the HCPC standards of proficiency (SoPS) against the PCF expectations for social work students at the end of their last placement/qualifying level. It means that if students can show that they meet the capabilities of the PCF, they will also be able to show how they meet the SoPS, required for HCPC registration. Find out how the SoPS and PCF relate to each other or download a copy of the mapping document:

Mapping of the PCF against HCPC standards of proficiencyMapping of the PCF against HCPC standards of proficiency

Early professional development (EPD) programme

The national EPD programme for children's social workers closed at the end of March 2013. Social workers should now be using the PCF. Click the link below to read how and where the EPD outcome statements, critical areas and elements map to the new PCF.

How the EPD programme maps to the PCFHow the EPD programme maps to the PCF.

AMHP competency mapping to HCPC standards of proficiency

This mapping tool is designed to enable social worker AMHPs to map their continuous professional development (CPD) targets within The College's Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) to the standards of proficiency they need to meet for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Mapping AMHP CPD targets within the PCF to the HCPC standards of proficiencyMapping AMHP CPD targets within the PCF to the HCPC standards of proficiency