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Emergency powers to bring back social workers now confirmed

The powers allow us to bring back over 8,000 temporary social workers to help during the coronavirus emergency.

Emergency powers to bring back social workers now confirmed

3/27/2020 2:29:03 PM

Last week we contacted 8,000 former social workers to ask if they’d consider returning to profession to help with local efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

We had such a positive response which is a real testament to the values of social work as a profession–building relationships with people at their greatest time of need.

Today we received confirmation from Vicky Ford MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families that we are now able to act under our temporary emergency powers. This gives Social Work England the powers to automatically register social workers to return to practice, should they wish to do so. As such we have now made our temporary register live, ensuring that employers can quickly and easily check whether a former social worker is fit, proper and suitably experienced for local roles required to tackle this national emergency.

The fact that your name is on the list of returning social workers does not mean that you are in any way obligated to return to social work practice if you do not want to. If you would like your details to be removed from the list, you can opt out at any time by completing this form.

We know from our ongoing conversations that social work employers are working hard to understand what the local demand might be. Social work is a unique profession working in a multitude of complex settings to support people. As such we stand ready to ensure that the deployment approach is considered, aligned and helpful. We’re working in partnership with the Department for Education, Department of Health and Social Care and the Local Government Association who are designing the online tool to connect all those expressing an interest in practicing with local employers. As this is a fast-moving picture, we will continue to work closely with them over coming days to get this part of the process live. We'll continue to keep our website updated and communicate to you all when it is ready to launch next week.

We want to thank you for your interest. Further information can be found on our coronavirus pages

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