Approved Social Worker
From 3/11/08, the Mental Health Act 2007 replaces the Approved Social Worker (ASW) with the Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP). See Approved Mental Health Professional replaces Approved Social Worker 3/11/08 for details.
From the Act before it was amended:
- an "'approved social worker' means an officer of a local social services authority appointed to act as an approved social worker for the purposes of this Act." (s145);
- and must be "approved by the authority as having appropriate competence in dealing with persons who are suffering from mental disorder." (s114(2)).