Welcome to Social Work England

Social Work England will be the new, specialist regulator for all child, family and adult social workers in England. We will take over responsibility from the current regulator, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). We are a non-departmental public body, operating at arm’s length from government. 

Our main objective will be to protect the public. We will do this by setting the standards for social workers, ensuring they meet our standards, are fully qualified and remain fit to practise.

We do not expect to begin regulating the profession before spring 2019. As such, we are currently working in readiness to launch this brand new organisation including a recruitment drive, premises and creation of digital services.

We are based in Sheffield, and will employ in the region of 120 people when we’re fully staffed.

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Join us

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


Over the coming months, we will be consulting with the social work sector to help shape the development of our key regulatory areas.

Current regulator

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

Latest news

Guest blog: Lyn Romeo on regulating the social work profession

Our guest blog this month is from Lyn Romeo, who has acted as Chief Social Worker for Adults since September 2013. In this role, Lyn continues to champion the highest standards of person-centred practice, continuing professional development and social work’s capacity to transform lives for the better. In this blog, she explains her involvement with Social Work England, […]

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The first steps to building an efficient and proportionate fitness to practise process

I’m delighted to join Social Work England as executive director of fitness to practise at such a critical time in our journey to become the new specialist regulator of the social work profession in England. I have worked in health and social care regulation for over ten years and have contributed to a range of […]

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Our identity

Social Work England are delighted to announce the appointment of  Hemingway Design to develop our visual identity and communicate our mission. Hemingway Design are a multi-disciplinary design agency committed to working with people through co-design and listening. They have a unique philosophy that sits well with our ethos –  “design about improving things that matter in life”. Hemingway […]

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The Chair’s update

I was delighted that Parliament approved regulations to give Social Work England the opportunity to pioneer new approaches that will bring significant improvements to the way social workers are held to account, supported and recognised for the vital work they do for the most vulnerable people in our society. The regulations provide a strong foundation […]

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