Health Visiting and Social Work (Training) Act 1962

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1962 c. 33


Health Visiting and Social Work (Training) Act, 1962

(10 & 11 Eliz. 2) CHAPTER 33

An Act to establish two Councils with functions relating to the training of health visitors and training in social work; to extend the powers of the Minister of Health, the Secretary of State and local authorities with respect to research into matters of social welfare; and for purposes connected therewith.

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

S-1 Councils for training of health visitors and training in social work.

1 Councils for training of health visitors and training in social work.

(1) There shall be constituted two Councils, to be called respectively the Council for the Training of Health Visitors and the Council for Training in Social Work, which shall have such functions relating to the training of health visitors and training in social work as are or may be assigned to them by or under the following provisions of this Act.

(2) The provisions of the First Schedule to this Act shall have effect with respect to the constitution and proceedings of the Councils and the keeping and audit of their accounts; and the provisions of the Second Schedule to this Act shall have effect with respect to the establishment of committees to advise the Councils on the exercise of their functions so far as they concern Scotland and Northern Ireland.

(3) Each of the Councils may appoint such officers and servants, upon such terms as to remuneration, pension rights and other conditions of service, as the Council may, with the approval of the Health Ministers, determine.

(4) Each of the Councils may pay to its members and to the members of any committee appointed by it such travelling, subsistence and other allowances as the Council may, with the approval of the Health Ministers, determine.

S-2 Functions of Council for the Training of Health Visitors.

2 Functions of Council for the Training of Health Visitors.

(1) The Council for the Training of Health Visitors—

(a ) shall promote the training of health visitors by seeking to secure suitable facilities for the training of persons intending to become health visitors, by approving courses as suitable to be attended by such persons and by seeking to attract persons to such courses;

(b ) if it appears to them that adequate provision is not being made for the further training of health visitors, shall provide or secure the provision of courses for this purpose;

(c ) may conduct or make arrangements for the conduct of examinations in connection with such courses as are mentioned in the preceding paragraphs; and

(d ) may carry out or assist other persons in carrying out research into matters relevant to the training of health visitors.

(2) An approval under paragraph (a ) of subsection (1) of this section shall be given by the Council in accordance with rules made by the Council and approved by the Health Ministers, and those rules may specify subjects to be comprised in the courses to be approved and shall specify the conditions for admission to the courses and for the award by the Council of certificates of their successful completion.

S-3 Functions of Council for Training in Social Work.

3 Functions of Council for Training in Social Work.

(1) The Council for Training in Social Work—

(a ) shall promote training in such social work as is required in the health and welfare services by seeking to secure suitable facilities for training persons in such work, by approving courses as suitable to be attended by persons engaged or intending to engage in such work and by seeking to attract persons to such courses;

(b ) if it appears to them that adequate provision is not being made for further training in such work, shall provide or secure the provision of courses for this purpose;

(c ) may conduct or make arrangements for the conduct of examinations in connection with such courses as are mentioned in the preceding paragraphs; and

(d ) may carry out or assist other persons in carrying out research into matters relevant to training for social work in the health and welfare services.

(2) An approval under paragraph (a ) of subsection (1) of this section shall be given by the Council in accordance with rules made by the Council and approved by the Privy Council, and those rules may specify subjects to be comprised in the courses to be approved and shall specify the conditions for admission to the courses and for the award by the Council of certificates of their successful completion.

(3) Her Majesty may by Order in Council make provision for conferring on the Council for Training in Social Work such functions in relation to other social work as are conferred on it by subsections (1) and (2) of this section in relation to the social work therein mentioned; and, in connection therewith, for making such modifications in the constitution of that Council as She may deem expedient.

(4) An Order in Council under this section may be varied or revoked by a subsequent Order in Council and shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

(5) In this section ‘health and welfare services’ means services provided by a local authority in carrying out their functions under Part III of the National Health Service Act, 1946, Part III of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act, 1947, Part III of the National Assistance Act, 1948, or any corresponding enactment in force in Northern Ireland, or similar services provided by a voluntary organisation.

S-4 Expenses of Councils.

4 Expenses of Councils.

4. The Minister of Health and the Secretary of State shall pay to each of the Councils mentioned in section one of this Act such sums out of moneys provided by Parliament as may be necessary to defray the expenditure incurred by the Council with the approval of the Health Ministers, so far as that expenditure exceeds any income derived from the exercise of the Council's functions and is not met out of moneys provided by the Parliament of Northern Ireland.

S-5 Powers of Ministers and local authorities with respect to research.

5 Powers of Ministers and local authorities with respect to research.

(1) Without prejudice to any powers conferred on them by any other Act,—

(a ) the Minister and the Secretary of State may promote research into any matter relating to the functions of local authorities under Part III of the National Assistance Act, 1948, and, in particular, may participate with or assist other persons in conducting such research;

(b ) any authority which is a local authority for the purposes of the said Part III may conduct or assist other persons in conducting research into any matter relating to the functions of local authorities under that Part; and

(c ) any local health authority in England or Wales may conduct or assist other persons in conducting research into matters relating to the functions of local health authorities under Part III of the National Health Service Act, 1946.

(2) Any expenditure incurred under this section by such an authority as is mentioned in the preceding subsection shall be relevant expenditure for the purposes of sections two and three of the Local Government Act, 1958, or, as the case may be, of sections two and three of the Local Government and Miscellaneous Financial Provisions (Scotland) Act, 1958 (which relate to general grants).

S-6 Exercise of powers of Privy Council.

6 Exercise of powers of Privy Council.

6. The powers conferred by this Act on the Privy Council may be exercised by any three or more members of the Privy Council.

S-7 Short title, interpretation, commencement and extent.

7 Short title, interpretation, commencement and extent.

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