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You’ve picked a brilliant and exciting time to join us. We need people with a range of expertise and it's people like you who are key to our success.

Join Social Work England

Last updated: 7 May 2021

Now is an incredibly exciting time to join Social Work England, the new specialist regulator for social workers in England. We’re doing things differently.

Social work is about people. Our purpose is to regulate social workers in England, so that people receive the best possible support whenever they might need it in life. We are committed to raising standards through collaboration with everyone involved in social work.

We are constantly growing and learning, and we will continue to evolve as we learn from experience. We believe in the power of collaboration and share a common goal with those we regulate – to protect the public, enable positive change and ultimately improve people’s lives. We need people with a range of expertise – people like you are key to our success.

Working at Social Work England

You’ve picked a brilliant time to join us. You will be at the forefront of developing a brand new organisation. Your role may be challenging, but you’ll use your creativity to find solutions. You will join a team of multi-talented and passionate people and be part of our learning and development culture. Your voice will have an influence, and you will make a real difference to people’s lives.

As well as being part of a team helping to build Social Work England, we offer a range of benefits including competitive salaries, flexible working and ongoing training and development. If that sounds exciting, then we’d love to hear from you.

You can read more about what our people say

Equality, diversity and inclusion

We are a member of Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (ENEI). ENEI is the UK’s leading employer network for equality and inclusion issues in the workplace.

We are also a part of Stonewall’s Diversity Champion’s programme. This programme ensures that workplaces accept LGBTQ+ staff without exception.

We want to create a new programme to proactively mentor staff from black and ethnic minority backgrounds. This is a commitment to help increase the diversity of senior staff over time.

We have also established several staff forums. The forums enable our people to have a loud voice in the organisation and include our:

  • Equality, diversity and inclusion steering group
  • Queer collective
  • People forum
  • Think well
  • Race equality network
  • recently formed women’s network.

The principles of equality, diversity and inclusion are central to our work. It is our ambition to make this fundamental to our core business.

Read our equality, diversity and inclusion statement of intent.

Read more about equality, diversity and inclusion during the application process.


We are based at 1 North Bank, Blonk Street, Sheffield, S3 8JY.

Sheffield is a great place to live and work. Our city has a thriving grassroots creative arts community and around a third of Sheffield lies within the borders of the Peak District National Park. 

Organisational structure

Every team at Social Work England is invaluable. Find out more about the different roles and responsibilities within our organisation:

Business services

From business planning and project management to risk and insight, our business services directorate is the engine of the organisation.

Finance, commercial and procurement

This team manage all areas of finance, including commercial and procurement. They ensure that the wider organisation is adhering to financial guidelines and are held accountable.

Fitness to practise

From investigating concerns and making evidence-based decisions to assessing risk and developing and improving processes, our fitness to practise directorate deals with concerns raised about social workers.


Triage, fitness to practise law, data information and internal quality management are just some of the areas that our legal directorate is responsible for.


Our people team ensures we recruit multi-talented and passionate people whilst ensuring the smooth running of our HR function in-house, including the learning and development of our staff.

Registration and quality assurance

Assessing and approving social worker applications to the register, working with training providers and quality assuring education programmes are just some of the areas that our registration and quality assurance directorate is responsible for.

Strategy, policy and engagement

From policy development and consultations to communications and engagement, the standards directorate is responsible for developing and implementing social work standards and continuing the conversation, both internally and externally.


If you have any queries about the recruitment process, please contact [email protected].


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