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Registration guidance

Registration guidance, including guidance for new applicants and social workers who want to renew their registration. 

New applicants

Guidance for social workers who want to apply to register, including fees, timelines, English language and qualification requirements.

Renewals

This guidance is for social workers who currently hold registration with Social Work England and who want to renew their registration.

Fees

This guidance is for applicants and registered social workers who would like more information about fees.

Leaving the register voluntarily

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

Safe and effective practice

This guidance is to help registered social workers decide whether to make a self-referral due to a change in circumstances and provide information about how to do this.

Registration with conditions

This guidance is for people who have been offered registration with conditions.

Applying for restoration

This guidance is for people who have previously been registered with the HCPC or Social Work England and would like to re-join the register.

Temporary registration guidance

Guidance on our emergency powers, returning to practice as a social worker with temporary registration and leaving the register after the emergency has ended.

Visiting European Professionals

This guidance is for people who are qualified to practise as a social worker in the EEA or Switzerland, and want to practise in England on a temporary and occasional basis.

Periods of adaptation

This guidance is for people who’ve applied to join the register and have been asked to undertake a period of adaptation.

Practising outside England

This guidance is for people who are registered, or who have been registered, with Social Work England and want to practise as a social worker outside England.

Registration annotations

This guidance is for registered social workers who have completed AMHP or BIA training and would like to apply for their entry on the register to be annotated to reflect this.

Registration appeals

This guidance is for people who want to appeal a registration decision made by Social Work England.

Test of competence

This guidance is for people who’ve applied to join the register and been asked to take a test of competence.

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