Compliance+ Social Work

Compliance+ Social Work is the best practice quality standard for recruitment businesses and compels members to go beyond statutory safeguarding standards and aim for excellence in competency, selection and service quality. This was developed alongside Compliance+ Education and more recently Compliance+ Clinical & Healthcare to provide an uncompromising quality benchmark for Education, Social Work and Clinical & Healthcare recruitment companies. 

How to become accredited

The Compliance+ accreditation process is administered by APSCo. However, audits are undertaken by independent professional auditors that specialise in auditing situations where the safeguarding of vulnerable people is involved.

There are seven steps to becoming accredited to Compliance: 
  1. Complete the APSCo membership application process 
  2. Provide APSCo with certain information about your company
  3. Review APSCo Compliance+ terms of business here
  4. Understand the requirements of Compliance+ 
  5. Ensure internal processes are in line with the best practice requirements 
  6. Request an audit
  7. Pass the audit on an annual basis showing continuous improvement 

For more information on Compliance+, please call us on +44 (0) 203 117 0910 or email [email protected].

Compliance Standards Committee

The APSCo Standards Committee ensures that the Compliance+ standard remains relevant, appropriate and provides governance of the audit process for the standard.

The committee plays a critical role in making sure that the Compliance+ strategy and business plans are focused on the needs of members and support compliance of the recruitment profession. 

Permanent members of the committee include APSCo, our Independent Auditors and Keith Rosser as Chair. 

View our Committee Terms of Reference here.

2022/23 Social Work Compliance+ Committee Members
  1. Keith Rosser (Chair), Director of Group Risk, Reed Screening 
  2. Ben Arnold, Managing Director, 3D Recruit
  3. Rachel Power, Safeguarding Manager, 3D Recruit 
  4. Gareth Welch, Director, Tripod
Social Work

Social Work Standards

Model Documents Social Work

Model Documents

Model policies Social Work

Model Policies

Compliance+ Audit Overview

Compliance+ audits will be undertaken by independent auditors. An in-depth remote audit will take place two years in a row, on the third year, the audit will be face-to-face, taking place at the recruitment business's place of work. 

Further details on the remote audit process can be found here.


What's New

DfE - Data collection and price caps operational guidance

Better Hiring Institute Toolkit - Social Care NEW

Department for Education (DfE) - Child and Family Social Worker Workforce Consultation Response NEW

ICO - 10 step guide to sharing information to safeguard children NEW

Social Work England - Registration Renewal Guidance NEW

APSCo Compliance+ Social Work Accredited Members