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Guidance for applicants who qualified in EEA/Switzerland

Information about applying to join or rejoin the register and managing your registration.

Guidance for applicants who qualified in EEA/Switzerland


Please note, this guidance is only for people with an EEA or Swiss qualification who apply to join the register before 1 January 2021. Anyone with an EEA or Swiss qualification who applies to join the register after 1 January 2021 should apply via the overseas application route.

Last updated: 20 November 2020


About this guidance

All social workers who want to work in England have to be registered with Social Work England. This guidance is for people from the EEA and Switzerland, or who have EU enforceable rights, who would like to apply to join the register.

If you’re a citizen of Switzerland or a European Economic Area (EEA) member state, or if you have EU enforceable rights (for example, through marriage), you can use your social work qualifications to practise social work in England.

You can find more information about who is entitled to apply using the EEA route in the ‘qualifications’ section.

If you are, or have been, registered with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), Social Care Wales or the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC), you should apply via the UK route and will not be required to pay a scrutiny fee.

Please note, this guidance is only for people with an EEA or Swiss qualification who apply to join the register before 1 January 2021. Anyone with an EEA or Swiss qualification who applies to join the register after 1 January 2021 should apply via the overseas application route.

For more information see:

Our register

The Social Work England register is publicly available.

Anybody can search the register to check that a social worker is registered and to find out:

  • their Social Work England registration number
  • whether they’re subject to any registration conditions
  • the postal town in which they work
  • whether they have additional qualifications enabling them to act as an approved mental health professional (AMHP) or best interests assessor (BIA)
  • whether they’re subject to any fitness to practise sanctions or proceedings

‘Social worker’ is a protected title, meaning that only people on the register can practise as a social worker in England. Anyone who uses the title of social worker but is not registered is committing an offence and can be prosecuted.

For more information about our register see:

Professional standards

In order to apply for registration, you’ll be asked to confirm that you’ve read, understood, and will comply with our professional standards.

These are the standards we expect you to meet and uphold throughout your registration and are necessary for safe and effective practice. They set out what a social worker in England must know, understand and do throughout their career.

Compliance with these standards is a requirement for continued registration, and any failure to do so may be taken into account in fitness to practise proceedings.

Read the professional standards.

For more information about the professional standards see:

How to apply for registration

If you are applying to register with us for the first time you will need to create an online account. Please contact us if you need any help with this.

You can use your Social Work England account to:

  • apply to be a registered social worker
  • pay your registration fee
  • record your continuing professional development (CPD)
  • renew your registration annually
  • update some of your personal details when you need to

You can also make an application to join the register using a paper application form. To request a form, please contact us.

To complete the application process, you will need:

  • a personal email address that we can use to contact you
  • to verify your identity via GOV.UK Verify, or send us certified colour copies of ID and proof of address documents so we can confirm your identity
  • evidence you’re a citizen, or married to a citizen, of Switzerland or an EEA member state
  • details of the qualification that entitles you to join the register
  • evidence to demonstrate your knowledge of English
  • Details of any criminal convictions or cautions except those that are ‘protected’ – see protected convictions and cautions
  • Details of any health conditions you have that may 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

Your documents

Throughout the online application process, you can upload supporting documents such as your qualification certificate. These must be certified colour copies.

If you’re unable to upload your documents, you can send your supporting documents to us by post. Please do not send original documents unless we’ve specifically requested them.

To certify your documents, you will need to ask a person of standing in the community to confirm that any copies are true copies of the original documents. The person you ask should not be related to you, living at the same address, or in a relationship with you.

A ‘person of standing in the community’ includes a:

  • lawyer or notary
  • regulated health or social care professional
  • bank manager or other bank official
  • member of the judiciary or other judicial official
  • minister of the church, rabbi, imam or other recognised religious official
  • member of a parliament, other legislative body or local government authority
  • consular officer
  • teacher or lecturer
  • member of a regulated profession

To certify your documents, the person certifying your documents must compare each original document with the copy and write on the copy:

  • ‘I certify that this is a true copy of the original document seen by me’
  • Their signature and full name
  • The date of certification
  • Their occupation, professional address and phone number

If your copies are not clear enough, or if we are unable to verify their authenticity, we may request to see your original documents.

Documents not written in English

Any documents that’re not written in English must be accompanied by a certified translation.

This means that the translation company should confirm, by writing on the translation, that:

  • the translation is a ‘true and accurate translation of the original document’
  • the date of the translation and
  • the full name and contact details of the translator or a representative of the translation company.

Again, if your copies are not clear enough, or if we are unable to verify their authenticity, we may request to see your original documents.

For more information see:

Supporting letters

If you include any supporting letters in your application, please ensure that these are written on headed paper.

Verifying your identity

If you have a UK address, you may be able to verify your identity using GOV.UK Verify. This is a secure way to prove who you are online. It is guaranteed by the government to hold your data securely and usually takes between 20 and 45 minutes to verify your identity for the first time.

If you don’t live in the UK, or are unable to use GOV.UK Verify, you will need to provide documents that prove your identity and address. You will need to send us:

  • 1 form of photographic ID, such as your passport or driving licence and
  • 1 form of proof of address, such as a bank statement or utility bill that is addressed to you and dated within the last 3 months

We’ll also need to see additional documents to verify that you’re an EEA or Swiss citizen, or otherwise entitled to EU enforceable rights.

These documents will need to be certified colour copies and can be uploaded during the online application process. Please see the ‘your documents’ section above for more information about providing these documents.

For more information see:

Can I register in a different name to the one on my official documents?

The name that appears on the public register must be the name that you use when you are practising as a social worker. If this is different to the name stated on your official documents, you will need to provide a further document that shows the name you wish to use professionally, such as a certified colour copy of your marriage certificate or birth certificate.

Fees

Scrutiny fees

You’ll need to pay a non-refundable scrutiny fee of £495 when you submit your application.

This pays for the time and resources it takes us to process this type of application. We cannot begin processing your application without this payment.

If your application is successful, you’ll also need to pay a registration fee.

For more information see:

Registration fees

If your application to join the Social Work England register is successful, we’ll let you know through your online account that you’ll need to pay a registration fee.

When you first join our register, your registration fee will be calculated based on the length of time remaining before the end of the current registration period.

Each registration period runs from 1 December to 30 November. If your application is approved between:

  • 1 December and 28 February, you will pay £90.00
  • 1 March and 31 May, you will pay £67.50
  • 1 June and 31 August, you will pay £45.00
  • 1 September and 30 November, you will pay £22.50

You must pay this fee in full within 10 working days of our first request for payment. If you do not pay your fees within 10 working days, we’ll close your application.

If you still wish to practise as a social worker, you will need to make a new application to join the register. You’ll need to pay a £90 registration fee annually when you apply for renewal.

The renewal period is 1 September to 30 November. Read more about fees.

How to pay

The easiest way to make the above payments is via your Social Work England online account, which uses GOV.UK Pay. If you are unable to use GOV.UK Pay, please contact us

For more information about fees see:

Qualification requirements

To register as a social worker, you must have completed a recognised social work qualification. If you gained your qualification in the UK, you should read the UK applicant guidance and apply through the UK route.

Mutual recognition of professional qualifications

The mutual recognition of professional qualifications (MRPQ) directive 2005/36/EC enables people to have their professional qualifications recognised across the EEA and Switzerland.

This is to allow citizens to move freely between these states to practise their profession. You’ll be eligible to apply for registration under recognition of professional qualifications legislation if the following applies:

  • You’re a citizen of an EEA member state or Switzerland or you have EU enforceable rights that mean you can be treated no less favourably than an EEA or Swiss national (for example, through marriage)

Please note this is a complicated area of law and we suggest seeking independent legal advice if you think this applies to you.

And either:

  • You’re a fully qualified social worker in an EEA member state or Switzerland (if social work is not regulated in that state you must also have practised there for at least one year within the last 10 years)

Or:

  • You qualified outside the EEA and Switzerland, and your qualification has been recognised by an EEA state or Switzerland. You must also have practised as a social worker in the recognising state for at least three years within the last ten years.17If the above statements do not apply to you, you will need to apply as an overseas applicant.

For more information see:

Evidence of your qualification

As evidence of your qualification, you’ll need to provide:

  • your certificate
  • the name and address of your course provider
  • the name and address of the awarding body and
  • a full transcript showing all the modules you studied

Your certificate must show the date your qualification was awarded. If your certificate does not show the date, you’ll need a letter from your institution confirming this date.

We will ask for information from your course provider about the areas you covered throughout your social work qualification. We will also ask you to provide details of any relevant training and experience.

To support your application, you will be asked to write a letter explaining how your education, training and experience meet our professional standards. You may wish to submit this with your application. View our professional standards.

Our registration advisers, who are qualified social workers, will assess whether your qualification is of an equivalent standard to those we recognise in England. If there are any shortfalls, our registration advisers will consider whether your experience makes up for these.

If we feel there are significant areas in which your skills, knowledge and experience do not meet our standards, we may ask you to undertake a period of adaptation.

This is a period of supervised practice and/or academic training intended to make up for the shortfalls that have been identified. Alternatively, you may wish to take a test of competence. Read more about periods of adaptation and how we test competence.

For more information see:

Qualifications awarded more than 5 years ago

If you have been practising as a social worker

If you have been practising as a registered social worker outside of England, you will need to tell us:

  • The regulatory body you were, or are, registered with
  • Your registration number with that body
  • The dates of your registration period

If there was not a regulatory body in the country in which you practised, you must provide us with information about the work you were doing. For each role, you should provide:

  • Your job title
  • The name, address and email address of your employer
  • The dates of your employment
  • A description of your duties
  • Dates and details of any training, relevant study or CPD you completed

Our registration advisers, who are qualified social workers, will then make a decision about whether this work is enough to exempt you from a period of updating your skills and knowledge.

If you have not been practising as a social worker since you qualified

If you gained your recognised social work qualification more than 5 years ago, and you have not been practising as a registered social worker for at least 12 months with the last 5 years, you will need to give us evidence to show how you have kept your skills, knowledge and experience up to date.

You can do this by providing evidence that you have completed relevant education and/or training. This must cover at least 60 days within the 12 months before you make your application.

A day is defined as a minimum of 7 hours. The 60 days do not need to be continuous.

You can use 1 or more of the following 3 options to update your skills, knowledge and experience. However, private study can make up no more than half of the required period of updating your skills, knowledge and experience. This means that you can undertake private study for up to 30 of the required 60 days.

For more information see:

If you are currently regulated by another UK social work regulator

If you currently hold registration with Social Care Wales, the Northern Ireland Social Care Council or the Scottish Social Services Council please let us know as part of your application. We will contact the other regulator to confirm that your qualification has been assessed.

If we get clarification that an assessment was carried out resulted in registration and you being able to use the protected title “social worker” in Northern Ireland, Wales or Scotland we will not carry out a second assessment and we will not charge you a scrutiny fee. 

Supervised practice

Supervised practice involves working with the supervision of a registered social worker in a social work role. You can undertake supervised practice in the UK or another country.

Your supervisor must be registered with the relevant regulatory body for the duration of your supervised practice, and have been registered as a social worker for at least 3 years. They must also not be subject to any fitness to practise sanctions or proceedings.

For each period of supervised practice you undertake during the 12 month period, you will need to provide:

  • The contact details of your supervisor
  • The name of the regulatory body they are registered with
  • Their registration number
  • The dates, and number of hours, of your supervised practice
  • Details of what your supervised practice involved

We will contact your supervisor so that they can confirm this information. We do not set detailed requirements for the level of supervision needed, or the tasks that you need to carry out. We believe that this is best decided between you and your supervisor, based on your learning needs.

If social work is not regulated in the country you wish to undertake your supervised practice, you can be supervised by another social worker, but you must provide full details of what your supervised practice involved.

Our registration advisers, who are qualified social workers, will then make a decision about whether what you have done is enough to update your skills and knowledge.

Formal study

A postgraduate course will be accepted as formal study as long as a qualification in social work was necessary to enrol on the course. You will need to send us a certified copy of your certificate or upload a scan of the original so that we can verify your qualification. We may also contact your course provider for confirmation.

Private study

Private study is a method of updating your skills and knowledge through self-structured learning. Some examples of the types of activities that you may include in your period of private study are:

  • Reading journal articles or library books
  • Reading information on relevant websites
  • Observing or shadowing a social worker (this is different from supervised practice as there is no formal supervision arrangement)
  • Attending training courses
  • Reflecting on, and recording, your learning

Private study can make up no more than half of your 60 day updating period. You will need to keep a record of the activities you undertake throughout any period of private study.

When you apply to join the register you will need to demonstrate how each aspect of your private study has contributed to your learning and enabled you to meet our professional standards.

In relation to each day, or activity, that makes up your private study, is important that you keep a record of:

  • The date
  • The number of hours spent
  • What you did
  • How this helped you meet our professional standards

Your responsibility

It is your responsibility to ensure that what you learn during a period of updating your skills, knowledge and experience is enough to ensure that you meet our professional standards. View our professional standards.

Knowledge of English

Before we can add you to our register, we need to be confident that your English is of a suitable standard. This means that you need to be able to speak and write in English, understand people when they speak to you in English, and understand documents written in English.

Why have we introduced English language controls as a new registration requirement?

The proposal to introduce English language requirements for social workers follows the Law Commission’s recommendation that regulatory bodies should carry out proportionate language controls on those applying to join professional registers.

In its response to the Law Commission’s review the government agreed, stating this was a priority given the need to ensure public protection. This recognises that in order to practise safely and effectively it is vital that every social worker is able to understand and communicate effectively with the people they work with, those involved in their care and other professionals.

This proposal follows the introduction of language controls for other regulated professionals including doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists, as well as a code of practice on English language requirements for public sector workers.

For more information see:

Evidence to demonstrate your knowledge of English

You can give us any evidence you feel demonstrates your knowledge of English. If your evidence is not recent, it’s more likely to be accepted if you provide additional evidence showing you’ve kept your English skills up to date.

This could include a reference from an employer or evidence that you’ve recently worked in a country where English is the first and native language. We’ll consider all the evidence you provide when making a decision about your application.

There are certain types of evidence that are more likely to satisfy us that your knowledge of English meets the necessary standard. These are outlined below.

For more information see:

IELTS certificates

For us to accept an international English language testing system (IELTS) qualification, your certificate must show:

  • that you took the academic version of the test
  • that you got an overall score of at least 7.0
  • the original stamp and test report form number

If you received your IELTS qualification more than 5 years ago, your application is more likely to be accepted if you also provide more recent evidence of your knowledge of English.

Social work qualifications gained in the UK

If you have a UK social work qualification that’s recognised by Social Work England, you can use it as evidence of your knowledge of English. If you received your qualification more than 5 years ago, you should also provide more recent supporting evidence.

Social work qualifications gained outside the UK and taught in English

If you have gained a further recognised social work qualification outside the UK, it may be possible to use this as evidence of your knowledge of English. To do this, your qualification must have been obtained both:

  • within the last 5 years and
  • in a country where English is the first and native language

We’ll contact your course provider directly to confirm that the qualification was entirely taught and examined in English.

Practising social work in English

If you’ve been registered and practising as a social worker in a country where English is the first and native language, this can be used as evidence of your knowledge of English. We’re more likely to accept this evidence if: 

  • You were registered and practising for at least 1 year in the last 5 years
  • An English language assessment was required for registration

You’ll need to provide details of the regulatory body you were registered with as well as contact details for your employer. We’ll contact your employer directly to confirm you’ve been practising using English.

First and native language

View a list of the the countries and territories we currently recognise as having English as their first and native language. Please note that a first and native language is different to an official language.

Convictions, cautions and penalty notices

Convictions and cautions

You must declare any convictions or cautions that have been issued in the UK or any other country. We have powers to require all applicants to disclose these matters.

You must declare all:

  • convictions and cautions, including spent convictions and cautions, issued in the UK or any other country unless they are ‘protected’ (see protected convictions and cautions)
  • road traffic convictions or cautions unless they are ‘protected’ (see protected convictions and cautions)
  • offences for which you have been convicted in a military court or tribunal.

You should provide as much information as possible about any convictions or cautions you have to enable us to make a decision about your application. If we need to ask for additional information your application will take longer to process.

You must provide the following information in relation to each of the convictions or cautions you have:

  • Whether you received a caution or were convicted of an offence
  • The offence the conviction or caution relates to
  • The date of the conviction or caution
  • The name and address of the issuing court or police authority, if known
  • Any other information that you believe will help to explain the circumstances that led to the conviction or caution

For more information see:

Penalty notices

You must also declare any fixed penalty notices, penalty notices for disorder, or harassment notices issued to you in the UK or any other country, with the exception of any:

  • road traffic offences where you have paid a fixed penalty notice, for example issued for speeding offences or civil matters such as parking tickets
  • fixed penalty notices, penalty notices for disorder, or harassment notices issued in Scotland (these are protected from disclosure by amendments to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974)

Please provide the following information in relation to each of the above notices you have received:

  • The offence the notice was issued for
  • The date you received the notice
  • The name and address of the authority who issued you with the notice, if known
  • Any other information that will help to explain the circumstances that led to the notice being issued

Protected convictions and cautions

Some convictions and cautions are protected by law meaning you do not need to declare them to us. If you do tell us about a protected offence, we will not take it into account when we assess your application for registration.

Protected cautions

A caution is protected and you do not need to tell us about it if both of the following apply:

  • More than 6 years have passed since you received the caution (or more than 2 years have passed if you were under the age of 18 at the time of the caution) and
  • It is not for a ‘listed offence’ (see below)

Protected convictions

A conviction is protected, and you do not need to tell us about it if all of the following apply:

  • More than 11 years have passed since the date of conviction (or more than 5 years and 6 months have passed if you were under the age of 18 when convicted)
  • It is not for a ‘listed offence’ (see below)
  • You did not receive a custodial sentence
  • You have not been convicted of any other offence at any time

Listed offences

The offences we recognise as listed offences are specified in our legislation and include serious violent or sexual offences. They also include other offences that are relevant to the role of a social worker. View a list of these offences.

You will not be eligible for registration if you have been convicted of a listed offence, unless this conviction has been quashed or overturned.

You must also tell us if you have committed an offence abroad that would be considered a listed offence in England. If you are aware that you have committed an offence overseas that may be equivalent to an offence in the UK, you should seek independent expert or legal advice to check whether you need to tell us about it.

For more information see:

What happens if I disclose a conviction, caution or penalty notice?

If you disclose a conviction, caution or penalty notice we will assess whether this is likely to impact on your ability to practise safely and effectively. We will take into account the nature of the offence, when it occurred and whether you have committed any other offences.

We will also take into account any details you provide about the circumstances surrounding the offence. We will contact the police to verify any details you provide about your convictions, cautions or penalty notices to help us determine whether your fitness to practise will be affected.

Safeguarding vulnerable groups legislation

During the application process you will also be asked to disclose whether you are, or have ever been:

  • listed on the adults’ or children’s list under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007.
  • listed on the adults’ and or children’s list under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (Northern Ireland) Order 2007.
  • subject to a barring order under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act (2006).
  • barred from working with vulnerable people in any other country.

If any of these apply to you, you will need to provide us with full details.

For more information see:

Health conditions

When you apply to join the register, you will also need to tell us about any physical or mental health conditions which may impact on your practice as a social worker. We use the term ‘health condition’ to mean an illness, injury, disability, or impairment.

Why we ask about health conditions

We ask about health conditions because we need to know that the people on our register are able to fulfil their role as a social worker safely and effectively. Our focus is whether you have a health condition that could adversely affect your practice, not whether you have a health condition that you are able to manage effectively.

Many people with health conditions are able to practise safely and effectively. You may receive support or treatment from a health care professional. Additionally, your employer has a responsibility to discuss what reasonable adjustments they can provide to support you at work.

Which conditions do I need to disclose?

You must tell us about a health condition if both of the following apply:

  • Your health condition affects, or could affect, your ability to perform your role as a social worker safely and effectively (this includes any episodic conditions that may affect your ability to practise safely and effectively if you experience a recurrence) and
  • You do not have arrangements in place that manage the health condition and enable you to perform your role as a social worker safely and effectively.

If the above criteria apply to your health condition, we will need to know more about the effect that your health condition may have on your ability to perform your role, and what steps you are taking towards managing the condition. You should include the following information in your application:

  • The nature and seriousness of your health condition
  • Whether it is an ongoing or episodic (occasional) condition
  • How your condition may affect your ability to practise safely and effectively
  • What steps you are taking to manage your health condition (for example medication, reduced hours) and how effective these are
  • Whether you have made your employer aware of your condition
  • Any relevant dates of occurrences and treatment

What happens if I disclose a health condition?

If you declare a health condition to us, we will need to be sure that you have insight and understanding into your condition and its effects. We need to know that you have considered the ways in which certain aspects of your practise may be affected, and that you have taken appropriate steps to ensure that you do not put yourself or others at risk.

We consider each application on a case by case basis. In some cases, we may need to speak with your doctor or other treating clinician, but we will never do this without your permission. All information regarding your health will be treated in the strictest confidence and will only be shared with those who need it to deal with your application.

For more information see:

Fitness to practise history

During the application process we will ask you whether your fitness to practise has ever been found to be impaired. You must tell us if any regulator has ruled against you in fitness to practise proceedings either in the UK or abroad. This includes regulators outside of the social work profession.

If a regulatory body has ever found your fitness to practise to be impaired, you must provide the following information:

  • The name of the regulatory body.
  • The date that they made their decision.
  • The outcome of your fitness to practise case (for example whether you were suspended or removed from the register).
  • Any further details about the case that will help to us to understand the circumstances that led to the decision.

For more information see:

Submitting your application

You can submit your application via your Social Work England online account. Alternatively, you can post your paper application form to: Social Work England, Registration and Advice Team, 1 North Bank, Blonk Street, Sheffield, S3 8JY.

Declaration

Before you submit your application, you’ll be asked to complete a declaration to confirm the following:

  • I confirm that I have read, understood and will comply with Social Work England’s professional standards.
  • I confirm that I have read and understood the privacy notice and understand that Social Work England will process my data as required by the Social Worker Regulations 2018 and associated rules.
  • I agree to pay the fees for my registration.
  • I understand that Social Work England may contact other relevant person(s) or organisations to obtain further information about my application or to verify the information that I have provided and agree that any person who is so contacted may provide Social Work England with any information about me which that person holds.
  • I confirm that the information I have provided in this application is correct and understand that fraudulently procuring an entry in the Social Work England register is an offence under the regulations for which I may be prosecuted.

Honesty and integrity

It is important to be honest when applying to join our register. If you give false or misleading information, we may deny your application for registration or remove you from the register.

You must tell us as soon as possible if any of your details change. It is your responsibility to ensure that all the information we hold about you is up to date and accurate throughout your registration. This includes your personal and employment details as well as any information relevant to your fitness to practise. This is required by standard 6.6 of our professional standards.

Failure to inform us of any changes could lead to you being suspended or removed from the register.

For more information see:

Making a decision about your application

Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review the information you’ve provided. We’ll let you know the outcome of our assessment within 60 days and will contact you if we need any additional documents or information. You must make sure we receive these within 14 days if you’d like to continue with your application.

Following our assessment of your application, we may ask you to undertake a period of adaptation or an English language assessment before we can make a decision about your application.

When making a decision about your application we have 3 options. We may:

If your application is accepted, we will inform you via the message centre and request payment of your registration fee. You will then need to pay your registration fee within 10 working days from the date of our request.

Once we have received your registration fee, we will add you to the register within 10 working days of your payment.

You must not carry out any work as a social worker until you have received confirmation that you have been added to the Social Work England register.

For more information see:

Appealing a decision

If we refuse you entry to the register you are entitled to appeal this decision, except where this decision was based on the fact that you did not pay the relevant fee within the required timeframe. Read more about making an appeal.

For more information see:

Further information

For any further information or support with the application process, please call us on 0808 196 2274 or email us on [email protected].

Countries where English is the first and native language

These are the countries and territories we currently recognise as having English as their first and native language. Please note that a first and native language is different to an official language.

  • Ascension
  • Australia
  • Bermuda
  • British Antarctic Territory (BAT)
  • British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT)
  • Canada
  • Falkland Islands
  • Gibraltar
  • Guernsey
  • Guyana (formerly British Guiana)
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Jersey
  • New Zealand
  • Pitcairn
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia on Cyprus (CBA's)
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • St Helena
  • Tristan da Cunha
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • US Virgin Islands

Caribbean Islands

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Anguilla
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Grenadines
  • Jamaica
  • Montserrat
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands

Listed offences

1. Murder.

2. An offence under any of the following provisions of the Sexual Offences Act 2003(1)—
(a)section 1 (rape),
(b)section 2 (assault by penetration),
(c)sections 5 to 8 (rape and other offences against children under 13),
(d)sections 9 to 12 (child sex offences),
(e)sections 30 to 33 (offences against persons with a mental disorder impeding choice), or
(f)sections 47 to 50 (abuse of children through prostitution and pornography).

3. An offence under any of sections 9 to 12 of the Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2005(2) (sexual services of children and child pornography).

4. An offence under any of the following provisions of the Sexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 2008(3)—
(a)article 5 (rape),
(b)article 6 (assault by penetration),
(c)articles 12 to 15 (rape and other offences against children under 13),
(d)articles 16 to 19 (offences against children under 16),
(e)articles 37 to 40 (abuse of children under 18 through prostitution and pornography), or
(f)articles 43 to 46 (offences against persons with a mental disorder impeding choice).

5. An offence under any of the following provisions of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009(4)—
(a)section 1 (rape),
(b)section 2 (assault by penetration),
(c)sections 3 to 6 (sexual assault and sexual coercion) committed against a person who is, by virtue of section 17 of that Act (capacity to consent: mentally disordered persons), treated as incapable of consenting,
(d)sections 18 to 26 (rape and other offences against children under 13), or
(e)sections 28 to 33 (offences against older children).

6. An offence under either of the following provisions of the Modern Slavery Act 2015(5)—
(a)section 1 (slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour), or
(b)section 2 (human trafficking).

7. An offence under either of the following provisions of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015(6)—
(a)section 1 (offence of human trafficking), or
(b)section 4 (slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour).

8. Extortion (in Scotland).

9. An offence under section 21 of the Theft Act 1968(7) (blackmail).

10. An offence under section 20 of the Theft Act (Northern Ireland) 1969(8) (blackmail).

11. An offence under section 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (sexual assault).

12. An offence under article 7 of the Sexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 2008 (sexual assault).

13. An offence under section 3 of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009 (sexual assault).

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