Professional background and registration

Emma Kemp is a registered social worker, regulated by the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council), registration number SW07888. You can verify my registration in the HCPC register here. The HCPC have responsibility for looking into any concerns about the practice of a registered social worker, and will ensure that these concerns are investigated and acted on. The title social worker is protected by law.

I am also a member of the British Association of Social Workers and as such, agree to abide by their Code of Ethics and Code of Ethics for Independent Social Workers.

You may be surprised to find a social worker acting as a SIRPA Professional or unsure about the idea of working with someone who goes by the title of social worker. Often when social work is highlighted in the media, it is for social workers’ roles in emotive and complex child protection situations. However, although child protection is an important part of social work, it is only one aspect of a broad and wide-ranging profession. Social workers take on roles in charities, hospitals, hospices and advice agencies as well as local authorities, and are as likely to work with adults as children.

The Global Definition of Social Work is as follows:

“Social work is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work. Underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and indigenous knowledge, social work engages people and structures to address life challenges and enhance wellbeing. The above definition may be amplified at national and/or regional levels.”

Source: International Federation of Social Workers

The SIRPA approach is all about empowerment and liberation from pain and its impact.

As a social worker, I am trained to understand how people’s lives are shaped by experiences such as:

  • Bereavement and loss

  • Pressure and expectations put on us by our family, workplace, culture or wider society

  • Trauma

  • Discrimination, lack of access to opportunities, and unfair treatment

  • Financial hardship

  • Breakups, divorce or difficult relationships

  • Ill-treatment and abuse

  • Caring for loved ones

Whatever our walk of life, we will all have faced some of these experiences and they will have shaped who we are. The stress of these situations is likely to have contributed to the pain and other symptoms we experience. As a social worker, I am experienced in helping people manage these types of stress and find ways of coping. The SIRPA approach goes one step further and helps people learn to get rid of pain rather than just coping. However, my social work background and knowledge of services means that I may also be able to help in practical ways if needed, for example, referrals to other professionals, or information and advice about care and support for adults and family carers.