About Social Work England

Social work is about people.

Our purpose is to regulate and lead social workers in England so that people receive the best possible support whenever they might need it in life.

We are committed to raising standards through collaboration with everyone involved in social work.

We will work closely with the current regulator (the Health & Care Professions Council) to ensure a smooth transition to Social Work England.

Helping to improve the sector

As a single-profession regulator focussed solely on social work, we will be able to utilise the data and evidence we gather through delivering our core regulatory functions:

  • Maintain a register of all 95,000 social workers in England.
  • Deal with concerns raised about social workers.
  • Set standards of proficiency.
  • Set initial education and training standards and approve career entry courses.
  • Set and audit continuous professional development standards.
  • Have a role in approving post-qualifying courses.

This will allow us to gain an expert understanding of the challenges facing the social work profession in England and enable us to feed learning back into the wider social work sector.

Consulting with the sector

We believe in the importance of collaboration and share a common goal with those we regulate—to protect the public, enable positive change and ultimately improve people’s lives. We will do this in a number of ways, including through consultation. This is an opportunity for everyone with an interest in social work, including colleagues, partners and people with lived experience, to help test our thinking and help shape the regulator we will become.

We will soon be announcing our next consultation focusing on rules and standards.