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Restoration

Returning to the register, or restoration, is for social workers who want to return to social work practice in England.

If you want to return to social work practice

Returning to the register, or restoration, is for social workers who want to return to social work practice in England.

You can apply for restoration if you were previously registered with:

  • Social Work England
  • The Heath and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

If you were only ever registered with the General Social Care Council (GSCC), you will need to apply to register as a new applicant

Apply for restoration

How much you need to pay and when

Once we have received your application, and any supporting documents, we will email you to confirm receipt.

We will also ask you to pay a restoration fee of £135 through your online account. This will help us fully review your application and complete any required checks. For this reason, the restoration fee is non-refundable, even if your application is not approved.

Registration fees

If your application to restore your registration is approved, you will need to pay the registration fee. The full registration fee is £90, but the amount you pay will depend on when in the year your application is processed. Once we have received your registration fee, you will be added to the register within 10 working days.

You can read more about how registration fees work.

More information 

For more information about the application process and what information you need to provide, please read our guidance on applying for restoration

If you have any questions about your application, call our registration and advice team on 0808 196 2274 or email [email protected].

Last updated: 25 November 2020

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