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Guidance on leaving the register voluntarily

Guidance for registered social workers considering leaving the register

This guidance is for people who are currently registered with Social Work England and are considering leaving the register.

Your decision to leave the register

There are a number of reasons why you may wish to be removed from the register, either temporarily or permanently. For example, you may want to take a career break, practise abroad, make a career change, or retire.

If you plan to re-join the Social Work England register in the near future, you might want to consider staying on the register as you will be charged a restoration fee when you apply to re-join. If you do choose to stay on the register, you must make sure you continue to meet our CPD requirements throughout your registration.

View or download the guidance on leaving the register voluntarily

Last updated: 27 November 2019