Quarter of social workers in England have yet to renew registration

The Health and Care Professions Council has been forced to extend the deadline for renewals past the original date of Friday, 30 November, rather than removing tens of thousands of social workers from the register.


More than 20,000 social workers in England – a quarter of the workforce – have so far failed to renew their registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) ahead of Friday’s deadline.

A significant number of social workers are part way through the process, according to the regulator: 5,900 people have paid their fees, but failed to sign a declaration that they meet the HCPC’s standards, and 4,350 have signed their declaration but failed to pay.

The HCPC has therefore decided to extend the deadline for completing the renewal process to 2 January; anyone who fails to fully renew by the this date will be removed from the register and banned from practising as a social worker. 

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