Welcome to Social Work England

Every day, social workers support millions of people to improve their chances in life.

Social Work England is a specialist body taking a new approach to regulating social workers in their vital roles.

We believe in the power of collaboration and share a common goal with those we regulate⁠—to protect the public, enable positive change and ultimately improve people’s lives. 


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Join us

We’re currently looking for a range of exceptional people to help build our organisation.

Transition information

Are you currently registered as a social worker with HCPC or planning to apply to the register soon? Find out more about the transition to Social Work England.

Current regulator

The Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) is the current regulator for social workers in England.

Latest news

Nurturing an inclusive organisation

At Social Work England we’re committed to collaboration and working with the sector to deliver regulation differently. We’ve worked hard to make this commitment a reality and one of the ways we have done this is to involve people with expertise in social work, wherever possible. However, expertise in social work goes beyond this and […]

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The role of our case examiners

The past nine months have flown by in a wave of activity since I joined Social Work England as head of adjudication. In this role, I have overall responsibility for both our case examiner function and hearings function. Our aim is to make the fitness to practise process less stressful for everyone involved, whilst fulfilling […]

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Board meeting – 25 October 2019

We will be holding our next board meeting on 25 October from 10.00am-11.00am at Archbishop’s Room, Millbank House, London SW1P 4RP. We are committed to openness and transparency, and welcome people to attend and observe the board meeting in an open session. By necessity, discussion of matters of policy in development, commercial or staff confidentiality, […]

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Continuing the conversation

From the very beginning and moving forward, we have given a commitment that our regulation will be rooted in the values and principles that underpin the social work profession. Central to our work is collaboration and dialogue with everyone with an interest in social work. Our six regional engagement leads have been out and about […]

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