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CPD guidance for social workers

Continuing professional development (CPD) is an important part of our professional standards, which aim to improve public safety and confidence in social work. CPD is the reflection and learning activity that social workers undertake throughout their career to maintain and improve their practice. 

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Guidance on continuing professional development (CPD)


Continuing professional development (CPD) is the reflection and learning activity that social workers undertake throughout their career to maintain and improve their practice. By undertaking and recording CPD, you demonstrate to us and the public that you uphold our professional standards and continue to remain fit to practise. Meeting the requirement for CPD is one element of maintaining your registration with us.

This document provides guidance on our requirements and expectations around CPD. It’s designed to support you in understanding the professional standard relating to CPD and how to uphold it in your practice.

You are the best person to determine your own learning needs and,through this guidance, we want to encourage your learning to happen in diverse, flexible and innovative ways that support your work.

View or download the CPD guidance.

Last updated: 10 December 2019