You may be called to a Fitness to Practise or DBS hearing if you are on a professional course such as law, midwifery, nursing or social work and haven't told the university about a criminal conviction, or if you have received a criminal conviction during your time at university.
There are a number of stages to Fitness to Practise and DBS Hearings.
- You’ve been notified in writing of the concerns about your fitness to practice and a learning contract has been agreed.
- If these concerns still exist, a formal case will be referred to the panel.
- If the concerns are serious this stage is skipped and you will go straight to the formal stage.
You will be invited to a hearing to discuss your appropriateness for the course. A number of outcomes are possible. Your outcome will be stated in your letter, for example:
- You may be required to stop attending your placement, although you may be allowed to attend theory lectures
- You may be suspended from the university.
Contact the advice service at the SU
- Let UWLSU Advisors know if you’ve been given a fitness to practice or a DBS hearing and we can accompany you to your meetings.
- We can help you provide your evidence for your hearing
- Your hearing date and time will be sent to you by the university.
- You will meet your advisor outside the hearing and then be invited in when your hearing starts
- Both you and the UWLSU caseworker will be asked to vacate the room so the board can decide on an outcome.
- Once they’ve decided you will all be invited back into the room.
- If you are unhappy with the outcome of your fitness to practice, you can appeal this decision.