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Work outside England

Practising as a social worker abroad

If you are thinking about practising as a social worker in another country, you will need to apply for registration in that country.

You do not need to tell us if you are planning to practise as a social worker outside England, but please keep your contact details up-to-date on your online account.

It is up to you whether you stay registered with us while you are working outside England. When making this decision, you should consider whether you plan to return to social work practice in England. You may want to stay registered if your move is not permanent. 

You can read more about leaving the register

Practising in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales

Your Social Work England registration only allows you to practise in England. This means that if you want to work as a social worker in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, you will need to apply for registration with one of the following regulators:

Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)

Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC)

Social Care Wales

If you live or work on the border, you may need to be registered with more than one regulator to be able to practise.

If you are unsure about which regulator you need to be registered with, you can call us on 0808 196 2274 or email [email protected]

Practising in the EEA on a temporary or occasional basis

If you want to practise as a social worker in an EEA country or Switzerland on a temporary or occasional basis, you can make a visiting professional declaration.

Leaving the register temporarily

If you are thinking about leaving the register temporarily and returning to social work practice in England at a later date, you may want to read about the conditions and fees associated with returning to the register.

Proof of registration certificates

It is not possible to transfer a registration from one regulator to another, but we are able to provide proof of your registration with us.

If you need a letter to confirm the details of your registration with Social Work England, we can provide this on request. There is no fee for this service.

Please note that the letters only certify registration for the dates on which you were registered. Letters will include any information on your fitness to practise history, if relevant.

While these letters will demonstrate that you have the appropriate qualifications in England, other countries may require you to do additional training.

If you have conditions on your registration, you may not be able to register with other regulators. We can provide details of your conditions, but it will be up to the other regulator to decide whether you can practise as a social worker in that country.

Please email [email protected] to request a registration certificate.

Further information about practising outside England

If you have any further questions, you may want to speak to the social work regulator or professional body in the country you are planning to practise in. They will be able to best advise you on registration requirements.

If you are unsure about which regulator you need to be registered with, you can call us on 08081962274 or email [email protected]

 

Last updated: 28 November 2019