Functions of Department of Supervision of Social Services

 

When carrying out assigned tasks the Department of Supervision of Social Services performs the following functions:

 

1. In the field of social care quality control and licensing, the Department:

-      provides methodological assistance on the application of social care standards;

-      provides methodological assistance on quality control of the general social services and social care;

-      in accordance with the standards of social care, it evaluates quality of social care;

-     issues licenses for provision of social care, suspends and/or cancels their validity, and supervises and monitors the compliance with the conditions of the licensed activity;

-      performs the accounting of licensed social service institutions providing social care;

 

2. In the field of social programmes, instruments and project management, the Department:

-    implements social programmes at the national and municipal levels (in the fields of social support, employment promotion, family and child rights’ protection, youth policy, strengthening of social inclusion, etc.);

-   organizes, coordinates and supervises the implementation of the governmental social programmes, instruments and/or projects, evaluates and regulates the use of funds allocated for the governmental social programmes, instruments and/or projects;

-     evaluates, summarizes and provides information to the Ministry of Social Security and Labour about the results of ongoing social programmes, instruments and/or of projects, also about proposals concerning government funding for the implementation of social programmes, instruments and/or projects;

-     performs constant monitoring of the implementation of governmental social programmes, instruments and/or projects;

 

3. In the field of certification of social workers, organization of professional skills improvement for social workers and personal care staff, the Department:

-       carries out monitoring of social workers’ needs for professional skills improvement;

-       initiates programmes for new social workers’ professional skills improvement;

-  regulates introductory programmes for individual care staff professional skills improvement; coordinates and carries out the selection procedure of social workers’ skills improvement programmes and methodical social work centres;

-       evaluates the activities of methodical social work centres;

-       organizes and carries out the certification procedure of social workers;

-       organizes the validation procedure of professional qualifications of social workers;

-      provides methodical assistance to institutions and organizations concerning the skills improvement of social workers and evaluation of practical activity.

 

/Translation from the Lithuanian language/

 

The Issuing of the Document on the Recognition of the Professional Qualifications of a Social Worker to Citizens of the EU Member States, States of the European Economic Area and the Swiss Confederation, and Third Countries For the Purposes of Engaging in the Professional Activity of Social Work in the Republic of Lithuania

 

 

The document on the recognition of the professional qualifications of a social worker for the purposes of engaging in the  professional activity of social work or providing social worker services on a temporary or occasional basis in the Republic of Lithuania is issued to citizens of the EU Member States, states of the European Economic Area, the Swiss Confederation, and third countries, when said citizens want to engage in the business of social work in the Republic of Lithuania on the basis of proof of formal qualifications of social workers as indicated in the Law on the Recognition of Regulated Professional Qualifications of the Republic of Lithuania. The applicant or a person authorised by them fills out and submits to the Social Services Supervision Department under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour (the ‘Department’) a signed application for the recognition of the professional qualifications of a social worker for the purposes of engaging in the  professional activity of social work in the Republic of Lithuania (the ‘Application’) and duly notarised or otherwise legalised copies of the documents.

The application and other documents may be presented to the Department in person or submitted by e-mail.

Upon receipt of an application and documents from a citizen of the EU Member State, a state of the European Economic Area, or the Swiss Confederation, the Department will acknowledge the receipt thereof in 5 days and will notify the person about any documents that may be missing. Upon receipt of a person’s application and all of the necessary documents, the Department will forward them to the Commission in 7 calendar days.

Upon receipt of an application and documents from a citizen of a third country, the Department will forward them to the Commission in 3 business days.

The Department will adopt its final well-reasoned decision on the recognition of the professional qualifications of a social worker as soon as possible, but not later than within 3 months of the date of receipt of all of the required documents, and will notify the applicant or a person authorised by them of its decision.

The decision will be sent to the applicant by mail or may be picked up by the applicant (or a person authorised by them) at the Department.

The procedure of the recognition of the professional qualifications of a social worker is free.

 

 

Key information

 

Service available to

Private individuals

Public service area/subgroup

Other; The issuing of work-related documents; Other services

Situation

For the purposes of obtaining a document on the recognition of the professional qualifications of a social worker, for the purposes of engaging in the  professional activity of social work or providing social worker services in the Republic of Lithuania on a temporary or occasional basis

Service type

Non-electronic service

Service outcomes

A document on the recognition of the professional qualifications of a social worker for the purposes of engaging in the  professional activity of social work in the Republic of Lithuania has been issued

Information and documents to be presented by the person

The application has to be accompanied by the following documents or copies thereof, notarised or otherwise legalised:

1. A document of proof of the person’s citizenship.

2. Proof of formal qualifications.

3. Documents attesting the duration and content of training.

4. Documents pertaining to the advancement of the social worker’s qualifications (if any).

5. Documents on the recognition of proof of formal qualifications attained in a third country in a Member State (if any).

6. Documents of proof of the social worker’s professional experience and duration (if any).

7. Other additional documents of proof of the social worker’s professional qualifications (scientific degree, scientific educational activity, etc.) (if any).

8. Documents of proof of a change of the last name (first name) (if changed).

9. An authorisation if the application is filled out by an authorised person.

10. Documents of proof of the passing of a career aptitude test or of the period of career adaptation (if either of these compensatory measures has been applied).

11. The application must be accompanied by Lithuanian translations of the documents submitted. The translation will be certified with the signature of the translator and/or seal of the translations bureau.

Description of the service procedure

The steps of providing the service:

1. The applicant will submit the application and the necessary documents to the Department in person or by e-mail.

2. Upon receipt of an application and documents from a citizen of the EU Member State, a state of the European Economic Area, or the Swiss Confederation, the Department will acknowledge the receipt thereof in 5 days and will notify the person about any documents that may be missing. Upon receipt of a person’s application and all of the necessary documents, the Department will forward them to the Commission for the Recognition of the Professional Qualifications of a Social Worker (the ‘Commission’) in 7 calendar days.

4. Upon receipt of an application and documents from a citizen of a third country, the Department will forward them to the Commission for the Recognition of the Professional Qualifications of a Social Worker in 3 business days.

5. The Commission will process the application and the documents and will draw an opinion in which it will propose to the Department’s director that the Applicant’s professional qualifications should be recognised or should not be recognised, stating the reasons for such non-recognition or imposing a compensatory measure for the Applicant, stating the reasons for the imposition thereof.

6. The Department will adopt its final well-reasoned decision on the recognition of the professional qualifications of a social worker as soon as possible, but not later than within three months of the date of receipt of all of the required documents, and will notify the Applicant of its decision.

Paid service

No

Service initiation form

A citizen of the EU Member State, a state of the European Economic Area, or the Swiss Confederation submits a completed application.

A citizen of a third country submits a completed application.

The application and other documents may be submitted in writing (by the Applicant or their representative in person or by e-mail).

Notes

If there is reason to doubt the authenticity of the documents, the Department will have a right to demand that the Applicant submits notarised or otherwise legalised copies of such documents.

Contacts

A.Vivulskio st. 16, LT-03115 Vilnius. Tel.  +370 706 68273, Inga Sapkaitė, Inga.Sapkaite@sppd.lt

Data on the Department of Supervision of Social Services under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour is recorded and stored in the Register of Legal Entities.

Last change date: 2019-11-29