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Professional standards

Our professional standards are specialist to the social work profession and apply to registered social workers in all roles and settings. The standards are the threshold standards necessary for safe and effective practice. After engaging with thousands of professionals, our standards reflect the value and diversity of social work practice and the positive impact it has on people’s lives, families and communities. 

Our professional standards

The standards set out what a social worker in England must know, understand and be able to do

Guidance on the professional standards

The standards are underpinned by guidance intended to support social workers to understand the standards and to uphold them in their practice so that social workers can continue to meet the professional standards and maintain their registration.

Read the professional standards guidance

View or download the professional standards as a PDF

Professional standards for social workers
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