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. 


 Read more about Social Work England and our priorities

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Join us

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


The consultation on rules and standards closed on Wednesday 1 May at 5pm. Find out more.

Current regulator

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

Latest news

Board meeting – 26 July 2019

Social Work England will be holding a board meeting on 26 July from 11am-1pm at our head office – 1 North Bank, Blonk Street, Sheffield, S3 8JY. Social Work England is committed to openness and transparency, and the public are welcome to attend and observe the board conducting its business in an open session. By […]

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Launch date announced for specialist social work regulator

At a national Association of Directors of Children’s Services conference, the Minister for Children and Families, Nadhim Zahawi has announced Monday 2 December 2019 as the date when Social Work England will take over from the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as the new social work regulator. In preparation for the announcement, significant progress […]

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IT from the ground up

Having worked in IT for over 20 years, most of my work has been in support of incremental improvements or, where a new capability is being launched, integrating new functionality into existing processes. Things are very different at Social Work England – we are building everything from the ground up – the team, the infrastructure […]

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Reshaping standards, enabling change: a first look

Following our first major consultation on our draft rules and standards, I am really excited to be able to share a headline document with some of the feedback we received. The response has been fantastic, and we heard from so many people who all have an interest in social work.  The consultation was an opportunity to introduce ourselves as the new, specialist social work regulator. It was our first opportunity to speak to our colleagues across the profession, and those […]

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Board meeting – 14 June 2019

Social Work England will be holding a Board Meeting on 14 June from 1-3pm at Millbank House, Westminster, London, SW1P 3JU.  Here at Social Work England we are committed to being open and transparent. The public are welcome to attend any of our ‘open’ board meetings.    By necessity, discussion on policy development, confidential commercial or staff matters, emerging regulatory issues, future announcements or publications will be dealt with in a private session.  We are sorry but we are unable to reimburse any […]

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