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Consultations

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 new education and training approval standards for approved mental health professionals (AMHPs)

In addition to setting and upholding the professional standards for all social workers in England, we approve training for certain advanced roles, and include these roles as annotations on our register. One of these areas is mental health, and we are now consulting on a new set of standards we will use to approve courses leading to the specialist award of approved mental health professional (AMHP).

The consultation period is 12 weeks and will end on 1 August 2022. Please return your response by midday (12pm) on 1 August 2022.

View and respond to the consultation

Consultation on new education and training approval standards for approved mental capacity professionals (AMCPs)

In addition to setting and upholding the professional standards for all social workers in England, we approve training for certain advanced roles, and include these roles as annotations on our register. One of these areas is mental capacity, and we are now consulting on a new set of standards which we will use to approve and re-approve courses leading to the specialist award of approved mental capacity professional (AMCP). This role is being introduced in 2022 under the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 and will replace the role of best interests assessor (BIA).

The consultation period is 12 weeks and will end on 1 August 2022. Please return your response by midday (12pm) on 1 August 2022.

View and respond to the consultation

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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