One in nine social workers are yet to renew their registration, less than two days from the deadline.
Of those who need to renew in order to remain in practice, 89% had done so as of this morning, said Social Work England.
The deadline for renewal is 11.59pm tomorrow (30 November). Anyone who needs to renew, and has not done so by then, will be removed from the register. The only exception to this, under Social Work England rules, is if registrants were prevented from applying due to any error by the regulator, in which case it may extend the timeframe for them*.
Anyone who has submitted their renewal application and paid their £90 – or already set up a direct debit to pay in two installments – will have a further 21 days to submit their required piece of continuing professional development if they have not already done so.
Social workers on extended leave, such as maternity leave, and those who are not currently working, still need to complete the process to remain registered.
Those who join the register, or are restored to it, between September and November 2021 do not need to apply to renew or record CPD, but do have to pay registration for the upcoming year.
Those who want to leave the register can apply for voluntary removal. If they do not, and do not renew, they will be recorded as having failed to renew on the register.
Those social workers who are removed from the register because they haven’t applied to renew by 30 November will be charged a £135 restoration fee to apply to rejoin.
Value of registration
“When someone asks me “what does regulation do for me?”, my answer is that regulation helps emphasise the importance of the work of social workers,” he said. “It provides them with specialist standards to meet so the public can see how they will act and gives everyone confidence that those on the register maintain their skills and knowledge. Above all, it allows all of us to be assured that the public, including some of the most vulnerable people in society, remain protected.”
* This story has been corrected to make clear that, for anyone who does not apply to renew their registration by 30 November, they will be removed, with the only exception being if they were prevented from applying by the deadline due to any error by the regulator. In such cases, Social Work England may, under its rules, give them more time. The story previously said that people would be removed for not applying “unless there were exceptional circumstances”. We apologise for the error.