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Have your say on technical changes to Social Work England's regulatory framework

This year a number of consultations are taking place to enable us to reflect, adapt and improve as the specialist regulator for social work.

Have your say on technical changes to Social Work England's regulatory framework

3/30/2022 8:53:19 AM

This year a number of consultations are taking place to enable us to reflect and adapt and improve as the specialist regulator for social work.

Together with the Department for Education, we have been reflecting on our first 2 years operating under the Social Workers Regulations 2018 and have identified some changes to improve operational efficiency.

The regulations, which were made by the Department of Education, set out the regulatory framework for Social Work England as the regulator. They cover registration of professionals, education standards, professional standards, and the fitness to practise regime for registered social workers.

It has been a time of learning, evaluating, and testing boundaries, during a period of intense and unexpectedly challenging circumstances. As we reflect on this learning there are some rules and regulations that require amendments to enhance and improve our role as the regulator for social workers in England.

The proposed changes do not represent a change in direction, but instead seek to support us as the regulator in improving our systems and processes.

The consultation seeks views on changes to:

  • our duty to co-operate with a range of bodies
  • our process for the registration of social workers
  • our fitness to practise process
  • the way the Professional Standards Authority oversees our work

We want you to have your say on all aspects of the way we operate and how we regulate the social work profession. The consultation will close on Wednesday 11 May, and you can access it here.

If you have any questions about the consultation, please get in touch with the Department for Education at [email protected]

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