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Apply for restoration

If you already have an online account, you can log in with your existing details and apply to restore your application. 

Important information

If your registration has not been renewed and your status is now ‘No longer registered – failure to renew’ you must not practise as a social worker. If you want to return to the register, you must apply to restore your registration.

If you have been given temporary registration status, you are able to practise on a temporary basis as a social worker. This is in accordance with the powers we have been given by the government to operate an emergency register.

Temporary registration does not give you the same rights as a social worker who has a registration status of 'registered'. Temporary registration can be removed at any time, so if you wish to use the protected title of ‘social worker’ in the future, you must apply to restore your registration as soon as possible.

We're currently experiencing high volumes of enquiries. If you have any questions about restoring your registration, please read our updated FAQs.

Apply for restoration

Restoration is for people who want to apply to return to the register.

If you already have an online account, you can log in with your existing details and apply to restore your application. 

Log in to apply for restoration

If you do not have an online account, you can email [email protected]. Please make the subject of your email ‘Request restoration account’. In your email, you should confirm:

  • the name you were last registered under
  • your date of birth
  • your previous registration number
  • the home postcode we’re likely to have on our system.

This will help us ensure that we’re giving access to the right person. You will then be able to apply online.

Information you need to have ready

To complete your application to restore your registration, you’ll need to provide:

  • certified colour copies of ID and proof of address documents, so we can confirm your identity;
  • proof of any name changes that have occurred since you were last registered, such as a marriage certificate (this must be a certified colour copy);
  • details of the qualification that entitles you to join the register;
  • evidence of updating your skills and knowledge (if you have left the register for more than 2 years)
  • information of your employment since you left the register;
  • information about any other regulators with whom you hold registration;
  • details of any criminal convictions or cautions that you have not yet disclosed to Social Work England, the HCPC or the General Social Care Council (GSCC), except those that are protected;
  • details of any health conditions you have not yet disclosed to Social Work England, the HCPC or GSCC that could affect your practice as a social worker;
  • details of any occasions when your fitness to practise has been found to be impaired by any regulatory body that you have not yet disclosed to Social Work England, the HCPC or GSCC; and
  • up to date evidence of your knowledge of English (in some circumstances)

If you left the register for failure to provide continuing professional development (CPD) we will request this.

You can also download the restoration application form. Please note that this route may take a little longer.

If you have not been practising as a social worker for 2 or more years

If it has been 2 or more years since you were registered, you’ll also need to complete the updating skills and knowledge form. This is to let us know how you’ve kept your skills and knowledge up-to-date. You will need to upload this form as part of the online application process.

You can read more about how to update your skills and knowledge.

You may also want to read about the Return to Social Work programme. This national scheme supports councils to recruit social workers who have taken a 2 to 10 year break from work. It provides free, high-quality training to former social workers helping them to return to the profession.

Read more about Return to Social Work.

If you need help or have any questions at all, please call us on 0808 196 2274 or email [email protected].

Last updated: 17 December 2020

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