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Equality, diversity and inclusion

Find out more about our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in social work and regulation.

Equality, diversity and inclusion at Social Work England

The current COVID-19 crisis and the death of George Floyd and subsequent black lives matter movement, have thrown into stark relief that there has never been a greater need for social work and social workers in society.

Our profession, with its values and principles of anti-racist and anti-oppressive practice, is uniquely placed to lead the way in ensuring equality in all aspects of society. As the specialist regulator for social workers, we understand that we too have a key role to play in leading the charge on this, and leading by example. We commit once again to standing against racism and discrimination in all its forms.

We’re currently working with our equality, diversity and inclusion group on the development of our equality, diversity and inclusion strategy which will focus on matters relevant to both our staff and those we regulate, including engagement, support and education.

We’re also scrutinising our recruitment plans to ensure our processes are actively anti-racist and support a focus on recruiting a diverse workforce across the organisation.

We will also be working to further embed the professional standards for social workers through our outreach and engagement in collaboration with those who have an interest in social work, including a focus on standard 1 which directly relates to diversity and discrimination – we will continue to share updates on this.

We know there is more for us to do as an organisation and as the specialist regulator for social workers, and we commit to a relentless focus across all of our work to tackle racism and oppression.

We will continue to regularly update this page and share updates following each meeting of our equality, diversity and inclusion group.