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

Board meeting – 25 October 2019

We will be holding our next board meeting on 25 October from 10.00am-11.00am at our head office – 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, […]

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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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Launching our rules and standards

It is barely a year ago that Social Work England completed its final legislative journey through parliament to become the new specialist regulator for social workers.    It’s been a busy 12 months since then and we have set up an organisation from scratch, including finding and establishing a brand new office in the city of Sheffield, developing our organisational systems and governance processes, and the not so small task of building new and fit for purpose IT systems.   In addition […]

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Collaborating across the country

So much has happened since my last blog and we’ve been moving forward at a frenetic pace, hitting numerous milestones. Two weeks ago we heard the Minister for Children and Families announce that we will take over as the regulator from the HCPC on Monday 2 December 2019, another key moment for us.  I have talked a lot about our commitment to speaking with our colleagues and […]

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