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Have your say on how your regulator operates

Read about the proposed changes to Social Work England's rules.

Have your say on how your regulator operates

3/9/2022 1:00:00 PM

People with an interest in social work can now have their say on proposed changes to the rules that govern the way the regulator for the profession, Social Work England, is run.

The consultation comes as part of a wider review of the rules that set out how Social Work England performs its regulatory functions. The rules set out what people can expect from the regulator across appointments, registration, education and training, and fitness to practise. The regulations, Social Workers Regulations 2018, set out how the regulator operates and are owned by the Department for Education (DfE). DfE will launch their own consultation on changes to some of the regulations later this year.

The consultations come after 2 years in operation for Social Work England. During this time of unexpected challenges, there has been learning, reflection and testing of boundaries within the new legislative framework that was developed during Social Work England’s set up. The regulator now wants to reflect on this learning and make sure that their rules and regulations continue to effectively support their role as the regulator for social workers in England.

The consultation on rules is open now for people to have their say. Changes include making rules clearer and ensuring that they better align with our other rules and regulations.

”Philip Hallam, executive director of registration, quality assurance and legal, said: “As the specialist regulator for the profession we were given unique powers that allow us to regulate in a new way. After two years of operation, the time is right to review the way we operate and make sure that our rules and regulations remain effective as we carry out our work. We are also legally required to consult when we make significant changes to the way we work.
“By going out to consultation we want to consider the thoughts of the people we work with, and those affected by our work. By getting more input, we open ourselves up to viewpoints and implications we may not have considered, and we can factor those into our decision making. We will publish a response to our consultation in summer and outline the final changes to our rules.”


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