Approved social workers ASWs

ASWs have been approved, after specific training, as competent to deal with mental disorder. Only ASWs (not other social workers) can make application under the Act, and local authorities have a statutory obligation to provide an ASW service. ASWs have a responsibility to ensure that hospital admission is the most appropriate way of dealing with the case. When the nearest relative rather than an ASW makes the application for admission, the hospital managers must request a social work report as soon as possible.

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