Social Workers

Helping Social Workers Defend Their Licenses

To work as a social worker in Illinois, you must first obtain a social work license, and then, you must comply with the Illinois Clinical Social Work and Social Work Practice Act. Because social workers assist people in need, children, and other vulnerable clients, compliance for public safety purposes is taken very seriously. 

Compliance and licensing are overseen by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), and officials can take disciplinary measures for noncompliance or other types of misconduct. Discipline can include the suspension or revocation of a social work license. 

If your social work license is in jeopardy, it is important that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible. IDFPR responses should always be handled properly by an experienced legal professional, and attorney Jordan Matyas at 1818 – An Advocacy Group can help. 

Common Reasons for Licensing Issues with the IDFPR

There are several different reasons why you might face the possibility of losing your social work license, including the following:

  • Unprofessional or unethical conduct
  • Mental or physical impairments that prevent proper social work practice
  • Improper, inaccurate, or falsified records
  • Negligent practice
  • Discipline in another state
  • Sexual misconduct or assault
  • Not staying current with financial obligations
  • Substance abuse that affects the ability to practice
  • Criminal convictions, including DUI cases

When the IDFPR has reason to believe you engaged in any kind of unethical behavior or misconduct, officials can seek to temporarily suspend or permanently revoke your social work license, which means you must immediately stop working in this profession. 

Defending Social Work Licenses

When IDFPR officials provide notice of a possible licensing issue and disciplinary measures, you should never ignore the matter. You also should not take it upon yourself to respond to the IDFPR without the right legal representation and counsel. An improper response can often result in the unnecessary loss of your social work license.

1818 – An Advocacy Group handles the entire IDFPR process, which can vary depending on your circumstances and the allegations against you. Sometimes, we help draft letters of explanation and provide necessary records to defend against the allegations. In other situations, we need to request and represent clients at IDFPR hearings. 

IDFPR prosecutors can often seek to impose overly harsh disciplinary measures for social workers. You always want an experienced administrative law attorney to review your case and negotiate for the best possible outcome. We can provide credible explanations and present evidence that mitigates the accusations against you in an effort to preserve your social work license.  

Discuss Your Situation with a Social Worker License Defense Attorney

If you work as a social worker, you know that a valid license is critical to your practice and your livelihood. If you hear from IDFPR about any type of possible issue, you should not wait to schedule your free consultation with a social worker license defense attorney. Contact 1818 – An Advocacy Group for more information about your defense options today.

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