Continuing professional development (CPD)

Continuing professional development (CPD) describes the reflection and learning activities which social workers undertake and record throughout their career to improve their practice and keep it up to date.

As part of our recently published registration rules, social workers have to undertake CPD to maintain their registration. Standard 4 of our new professional standards also outlines the areas of CPD that social workers should consider when reflecting on their learning activities.

To support our rules and standards, we have put together a proposal with more detail on the process for how professionals should carry out and record their CPD. We are sharing these proposals with you so you can have your say.

Documents for feedback

CPD Consultation

This gives an overview of our strategic approach to CPD, provides an outline of the proposals for year one (2 December 2019 to 30 November 2020) and summarises the research and engagement we have done so far.

How to respond

Please read the above document before completing the survey. All questions in the survey are optional and you can choose to remain anonymous if you wish.

If you would like a copy of the questions by email or post, please contact us at or Consultation Responses, Social Work England, 1st floor, 1 North Bank, Blonk Street, Sheffield, S3 8JY.

If you need any reasonable adjustments to help you respond, please contact us at

Please complete the survey or return your response by Thursday 17 October 2019 at 5pm.