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.

Getting your views

In 2018, we will be consulting on our standards and regulatory rules.

Current regulator

The Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) is the current regulator for social workers in England. This includes the upcoming registration renewal which will run from 1 September to 30 November 2018.

Latest news

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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Welcome from the Chief Executive

I am delighted to be appointed as the first Chief Executive of Social Work England. As a registered social worker and someone who has led the professional regulator for social work in Northern Ireland for the past 5 years, I know first-hand the complexity and challenge in social work as well as its reward and […]

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Welcome from the Chair

I am delighted to be appointed as the Chair of Social Work England and I am grateful for all the messages of support that I have received. To be successful and effective, SWE must have the confidence of the public.  I am determined that in setting standards for the profession we will provide assurance for […]

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