Half of social workers still to renew a month from registration deadline

Social Work England reiterates call for practitioners not to leave renewal until last minute and risk losing right to practise

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Half of social workers in England are still to renew their registration with a month to go until the deadline.

Social Work England said that, as of today, 50% of practitioners had renewed their registration for the next year.

The remainder must complete their renewal application and pay the £90 fee by 30 November or they will be removed from the register. Those who have done so but not fulfilled the requirement to submit a piece of CPD will have 21 days to do so.

Social workers whose registration lapses but who want to continue practising will have to pay £135 to restore their registration.

Registration brings ‘reassurance’

Social Work England called on practitioners still to renew to do so immediately to give “reassurance to their employers, colleagues and the people they support that they will be able to continue to practise”.

Philip Hallam, executive director of registration, education quality assurance and legal at Social Work England, thanked the 50% of practitioners who had renewed.

He added: “We urge that social workers don’t leave applying to renew until the last minute. Renewal is a straightforward process, and taking action and completing an application now means that you, your employer, and the public can be assured that social workers have taken all the steps needed to be able to continue to practise from 1 December.”

Find out more about how to renew your registration.


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5 Responses to Half of social workers still to renew a month from registration deadline

  1. Flint November 2, 2021 at 3:08 pm #

    Here we go again , more pressure on what is left of the dwindling social work force. How about them saying , its ok , we know you all have been under extreme pressure over the last few years, we will leave the red tape for another time. Why cant this be worked based assessed over periods of supervision ? instead of London based centralised bureaucracy ? . I know of nine Social workers who have left our authority and vowed never to return back to the pressure that they left behind, that’s nine Social work posts in adult social care in one small authority that there jobs are still being advertised ? . People are struggling with high case loads , high levels of stress and a CPD who care more about the paper work and finance than the people who actuality do this job. Rant over lol .

  2. A Man Called Horse November 3, 2021 at 9:54 am #

    Social Work England exists to protect the public from Social Workers, no such organisation exists to protect us from Social Work England. Its core aim is to say to Social Workers you are our puppets, you will dance as we see fit. It is about power and control over us not for us and if you don’t dance to our tune you are out, understand your place Social Workers.

    No other profession would stand for this nonsense and it is a mark of our low status in society that they can get away with this. Social Work now is a very difficult job made harder by SW England.

  3. Anthony November 3, 2021 at 10:14 am #

    Unless SWE can show that there is real worth in registration social workers will continue to regard it as an additional bureauctic activity. Until that culture shifts there will be last minute pleading, cajoling and threats. I do wonder why all of the PSWs, Practice Educators, Team leaders and assorted ‘seniors’ can’t exemplar tangible improvements to our practice and knowledge. Until the edifice convinces us otherwise this is a yearly two step in perpetuity I fear.

  4. Cathy November 11, 2021 at 6:56 pm #

    Gloucestershire judgement a shining example of how CPD is so vital to ensuring public are safe and social workers are competent and compassionate. That’s the narrative PSWs right?

  5. Steve B November 18, 2021 at 8:31 am #

    It’d be good if the SWE website hadn’t been inaccessible for the last 12+ hour. Do we get an extension?