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Pay your registration fees

Annual registration fees are usually paid by card in full (£90) when you renew your registration or by Direct Debit in 2 instalments, 1 October (£45) and 1 April (£45).

How to pay your registration fees

Annual registration fees are paid:

  • in full (by card) when you renew your registration (£90), or
  • in 2 instalments (by Direct Debit) on 1 October (£45) and 1 April (£45).

Pay by Direct Debit

We will let you know when your registration fee is due via your online account.

The next payment date is 1 October 2021.

We will send you a message before the Direct Debit payment is due, so you can make sure there are enough funds in your account. 

Direct Debits are handled by GoCardless

Our Direct Debits are handled by GoCardless, an ISO certified secure solution authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). They will send you an email a couple of days before the money is due to be requested from your account.

Change a Direct Debit

To make a change to your Direct Debit, you need to cancel it and set up a new Direct Debit on your online account.

The deadline for setting up a new Direct Debit for the 1 October payment has passed (24 September 2021).

If you set up a Direct Debit now, you will have missed the deadline for the 1 October payment. This means you will have to pay the 1 October payment by card. Your next Direct Debit will be for the 1 April payment.

Setting up a new Direct Debit

You can set up a new Direct Debit on your online account. If you paid your registration fee in full when you last renewed your registration, your next Direct Debit will be for the 1 October payment.

Pay by card

If you normally pay your registration fee in full, the next time you will be asked to pay is when you renew your registration. Renewals take place annually from September to December.

Outstanding payments

If your Direct Debit fails, you will receive instructions on how to make a card payment through your online account. You will then have until 31 November 2021 to make the outstanding registration fee payment. If, after this time, if you have not made the payment, you will be removed from the Social Work England register.

If you are unable to pay online, someone in the registration and advice team will be in touch about making a payment. You can also email us on [email protected]. Please note that we cannot take payments over the phone.

Voluntary removal

You can submit a request to leave the register through your online account. If you submit a request to leave the register before a payment date, we recommend that you cancel any active Direct Debit mandates. We will not refund any portion of your registration fee regardless of when you leave the register.

If you are removed from the register, you will not be able to practice as a social worker. Read our guidance on leaving the register voluntarily

Contact us

If you believe that there is an error with a charge, please send an email to [email protected] with further information and evidence of payment of your registration fees. We will then investigate this and contact you with our response.

If you need to speak to someone on the phone, please request a call back in your email.

We understand that you may be feeling anxious about your finances during the time. It’s important that you seek support if you are struggling to pay your registration fees. If you do not pay your registration fees, you are at risk of being removed from the register. Read more about organisations that may be able to support you.

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