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Collaboration is central to our work, from co-producing our organisation and formal consultations on big changes to engaging with social workers to understand trends across the country.

Our consultations

We're committed to our regulation being rooted in the values and principles that underpin the social work profession. Central to our work is collaboration and dialogue with anyone with an interest in social work, from co-producing our organisation and formal consultations on big changes to engaging with social workers to understand trends across the country.

We continue to work with everyone who has an interest in social work is by consulting on important issues. The feedback we receive is used to inform our work, generate new ideas and test our thinking. We consult on topics such as amendments to our rules and standards, policy changes and supporting guidance.

Consultation process

With every consultation we provide information on our website that details what we are consulting on, our thinking so far, and how people can get involved. Our consultations typically run for 12 weeks.

Once a consultation closes, we collate, read and analyse all the responses. All of the feedback is considered and supports us in reviewing our proposals. We publish a summary of this feedback alongside the final document. The summary sets out details of who responded and what they said, what we’ve changed and our reasoning.

Get involved

There are many ways to respond to our consultations and we accept responses by email or post. For some consultations, there will be an online survey or dedicated consultation events.

If you have any questions about our consultations contact [email protected]

Read about how we're working with stakeholders through our regional engagement team.

Live consultations

Consultation on amendments to rules, electronic communication and remote hearings

Almost all our hearings for both fitness to practise and registration appeals have been held remotely since March 2020. Working in this way throughout the pandemic meant that we could continue to ensure safe and effective practice and uphold public confidence in the social work profession.

To make this possible, we made minor, temporary changes to our rules. These changes were made so we that could adapt the way we communicated with social workers, allowing us to issue documents related to fitness to practise and registrations by email.

This consultation proposes that we keep the changes introduced during the pandemic to take advantage of digital communication, as well the benefits to our work and efficiency as a regulator. We also want to include some further minor changes that clarify how we communicate with social workers.

How to respond

The consultation period is 10 weeks and will end on 23 February 2022. Please return your response by 12pm midday on Wednesday 23 February 2022.

Past consultations

When a consultation has ended and all documents have been published, our response will be listed as an online publication. 

View past consultations

Our responses to consultations

Our responses to consultations from other organisations.

Our responses to consultations
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