The process can be triggered by:
- a written report, or "cause for concern" of inappropriate behaviour or conduct being made about you via an official cause for concern form
- a "cause for concern" being raised at work/placement or by a member of academic staff. This might be about your professional practise, or a concern about your welfare
- a referral about you from the plagiarism officer for your school
- a referral about your attendance or engagement.
Concerns may be submitted by members of the public.
Sometimes, before a decision is made about whether the FTP process should be triggered, the FTP lead will appoint an investigating officer to gather evidence, or you will be referred to Occupational Health.
If an investigating officer is appointed, they may interview you and other witnesses and report to the FTP lead who will then decide on the next step.
Remember, if someone raises a cause for concern about you, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you are in trouble or that a Fitness to Practise process will be triggered.
I have received a letter calling me to a meeting to discuss my fitness to practise - what will happen next?
The meeting is your chance to explain what has happened, and whether there are any circumstances affecting you which may have led to problems arising. The letter you receive should:
- explain why you have been called to the meeting
- tell you when and where the meeting will be
- remind you that you can be accompanied to the meeting, if you wish, by a friend or an advice worker from the welfare(su).
If you feel unsure why the meeting has been called, you can talk to an advice worker, who may be able to help you understand the reason for the meeting or, if you need more information, can request it on your behalf.
It is important that you attend any fitness to practise meeting you are invited to. If you are unable to go to a meeting because of an important prior reason, you should contact the school as soon as possible to explain why you can’t go and to ask if it can be re-arranged. Be prepared to show evidence of the reason you can’t attend.