What each registration status means
Social work is a regulated profession. This means that to be able to practise as a social worker in England, individuals must be registered with Social Work England. Once registered, all social workers are listed on our public register.
Our register is a statutory list of individual social workers who practise in England. It provides assurance that the people who practise as social workers in England have the right skills and qualifications and are capable of safe and effective practice.
Every social worker on our register has a registration status. You can read more about what each registration status means below.
Social workers on our register who are able to practise without restriction have a status of ‘registered’.
Temporary registration - coronavirus
Social workers play a vital role in helping communities during the coronavirus emergency.
Due to these exceptional circumstances, we've been given emergency powers by the UK government to allow us to invite previously registered social workers in England who have left the register since 18 March 2018 to return to practice should they wish to do so.
Temporary registration can be removed at any time and does not give an individual the same rights as a social worker who has a registration status of 'registered'.
This is a temporary measure. Anyone who wants to use the protected title of ‘social worker’ in the future, must apply to restore their registration.
Temporary registration will only remain in place until we are advised that the emergency is over from the Secretary of State. Once this happens, all temporary registrations will end 14 days after the date we are notified. We are not able to advise when the temporary register will close.
Registered, subject to conditions
A registration status of ‘registered, subject to conditions’ means that the social worker was added to our register with some conditions that they have to meet.
No longer registered
If a social worker has a status of ‘no longer registered’, their status will include the reason they are no longer registered, for example ‘failure to renew’ or ‘voluntary removal’.
Fitness to practise sanctions
We also publish outcomes of fitness to practise investigations on the register. If a social worker has fitness to practise sanctions, the dates over which that outcome applies will be displayed on the register.
Read more about what happens when a concern is raised about a social worker.