Regulator calls for debate on social media use after warning social worker for ‘anti-trans’ posts

Social Work England has defended its impartiality and commitment to human rights, and called for further discussion about social workers’ use of social media, after warning a practitioner over posts it concluded were discriminatory towards transgender people.

The case, concerning a social worker who shared dozens of posts on Facebook that were found to constitute “an extended pattern of discriminatory behaviour”, has sparked fierce online debate over the past week.

Questions have been raised about the regulator’s decision-making and sanction, which the social worker accepted, whether holding so-called ‘gender-critical’ views has any bearing on the ability of people to practise as social workers, and the case’s broader free-speech implications.

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