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Visiting European professionals

Visiting European professionals

Social work professionals established in the European Economic Area and Switzerland can make a declaration to provide temporary and occasional services in England.

We do not assess the professional knowledge and skills of these professionals against our professional standards, so there are limitations on how they can practise in England.

Visiting European professionals can:

  • practise on a temporary and occasional basis only

  • use the professional title in a language of their home state

  • practise within the scope of their home state profession

  • either renew their declaration, or

  • apply to register if they want to practise in England for more than one year

Visiting European professionals cannot:

  • use the designated title ‘social worker’

  • practise in England on an established basis, such as in a full time permanent position

  • perform temporary work where the job title for the post uses the title ‘social worker’

You can view and download our register of Visiting European Professionals 

Make a declaration

To make a declaration, please email [email protected] to request a declaration form.

You may want to read our guidance for Visiting European Professionals

The declaration is valid for one year, but professionals can renew their declaration. We may ask for more information about the nature of their practice in these cases.

If a professional wants to practise their profession in England, they must apply to join the register.

This provision is governed by the European Union Regulations 2015 (recognition of professional qualifications), which gives effect in the UK to the EU Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EC).

If you have any questions, please call us on 0808 196 2274 or email [email protected].

Countries covered by the agreement:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.


Last updated: 28 November 2019

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