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What we do
How we collaborate with people from across the social work sector, including people with lived experiences of social work.
How we operate
How we make decisions and carry out our functions as the regulator for social workers in England.
For more information about how to contact us, get support using the website or provide feedback.
View and apply for vacancies, learn about our application process, or read about what it's like to work at Social Work England.
The professional standards set out what a social worker in England must know, understand and be able to do.
Education and training
The education and training standards are the standards against which we assess and approve social work courses.
Guidance on the professional standards, education and training standards, practice placements and assessments of students.
Apply to join the register
For people who have completed their social work qualification and would like to apply to join register.
For previously registered social workers who want to return to social work practice.
You need an online account to record CPD, renew your registration annually and pay your registration fees.
Manage your registration
For more information about what you need to do to manage your registration as a social worker.
Search approved courses
Qualifying education and training courses that have been through the approval process.
Information for providers
Resources for providers and information about how we approve courses, changes to courses, inspections and monitoring.
Concerns about a course
We investigate concerns if there is evidence that a course is not meeting our education and training standards.
Students and graduates
Information for students and graduates, including what you should know about our standards and when to apply for registration.
What you need to do
CPD is an important part of our professional standards, which aim to improve public safety and confidence in social work.
You need to record CPD on your online account. Watch our video explaining how to record your CPD.
What counts as CPD?
What each part of the standard means and what you could do to show that you meet the CPD requirement.
These examples illustrate what a completed CPD record could look like.
Raise a concern
Raise a concern about a social worker by giving us information about them or telling us about something they did.
How we deal with concerns
How we investigate serious concerns about the behaviour and competence of social workers.
Hearings and decisions
For details of upcoming hearings and decisions made by our case examiners and adjudicators.
Information about organisations that may be able to support you when a concern is raised.
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