Do the regulatory standards require religious literacy of U.K. health and social care professionals?

Crisp, Beth R and Dinham, Adam. 2019. Do the regulatory standards require religious literacy of U.K. health and social care professionals? Social Policy & Administration, 53(7), pp. 1081-1094. ISSN 0144-5596 [Article]

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Health and social care professionals need sufficient religious literacy in order to handle the complexities of religious beliefs and practices, including the growing numbers who identify with other belief systems and those who claim to identify with no religion. The extent to which the need for religious literacy has been formalised was examined in an analysis of regulatory frameworks for health and social care professionals in the UK. Although all but one of the regulators make some reference to religion and beliefs, they are silent on the question as to what is meant by religion and beliefs. Some standards include a requirement not to impose one’s own beliefs on others, but there is very little requirement to develop a reflective, self-critical awareness of one’s own stance. Likewise, some standards refer to knowledge and skills required but greater specificity is required for these to be meaningful.

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Do the Regulatory Standards Require Religious Literacy of Health and Social Care Professionals? This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.


beliefs, health professionals, regulatory frameworks, religious literacy, social care professionals, United Kingdom

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Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS) > Faiths and Civil Society


29 January 2019Accepted
1 March 2019Published Online
December 2019Published

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08 Feb 2019 13:04

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11 Jun 2021 06:03

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