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Now is an incredibly exciting time to join Social Work England, the new specialist regulator for social workers in England.

We’re doing things differently.

Social work is about people. Our purpose is to regulate 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 are constantly growing and learning, and we will continue to evolve as we learn from experience. 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.

We need people with a range of expertise – people like you are key to our success.

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Working at Social Work England

You’ve picked a brilliant time to join us.

You will be at the forefront of developing a brand new organisation. Your role may be challenging, but you’ll use your creativity to find solutions. You will join a team of multitalented and passionate people and be part of our learning and development culture. Your voice will have an influence, and you will make a real difference to people’s lives.

As well as being part of a team helping to build Social Work England, we offer a range of benefits including competitive salaries, flexible working and ongoing training and development.

If that sounds exciting, then we’d love to hear from you.


Recruitment events

As a new organisation, we understand that you might want to meet us before applying for a position. We visit a number of job fairs and hold monthly recruitment events to enable you to find out more about us and the roles we are recruiting.

You can find out more about these events here.



We are based at 1 North Bank, Blonk Street, Sheffield, S3 8JY.

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Organisational structure

Every team at Social Work England is invaluable. Find out more about the different roles and responsibilities within our organisation:

Business services
From business planning and project management to risk and insight, our business services directorate is the engine of the organisation.

Finance, commercial and procurement

This team manage all areas of finance, including commercial and procurement. They ensure that the wider organisation is adhering to financial guidelines and are held accountable.

Fitness to practise
From investigating concerns and making evidence-based decisions to assessing risk and developing and improving processes, our fitness to practise directorate deals with concerns raised about social workers.

Triage, fitness to practise law, data information and internal quality management are just some of the areas that our legal directorate is responsible for.

Our people team ensures we recruit multi-talented and passionate people whilst ensuring the smooth running of our HR function in-house, including the learning and development of our staff.

Registration and quality assurance
Assessing and approving social worker applications to the register, working with training providers and quality assuring education programmes are just some of the areas that our registration and quality assurance directorate is responsible for.

From policy development and consultations to communications and engagement, the standards directorate is responsible for developing and implementing social work standards and continuing the conversation, both internally and externally.


Application and interview process

We will assess you against the evidence you provide in your application form. That evidence should address the criteria in the person specification and give examples of how you meet the requirements of the role. Please note it will not be possible to give feedback at sift stage.

Interviews will seek to further understand your skills, knowledge, experience and motivation and test the key competencies of the role:

  • Leading the way
  • Working as one team
  • Being a business
  • Focusing on people, including those with lived experiences of social work and registrants
  • Embracing change
  • Respecting each other

Take a look at the competency framework to get a better understanding of our recruitment aims.

If you are successful, we will undertake routine security checks.



If you have any queries about the recruitment process, please contact