More social workers in England renewed their registration than last year, following last night’s deadline, meaning less than 3,000 are set to be removed.
Provisional data from Social Work England shows that, out of 96,948 practitioners needing to renew, just 2,869 (3%) failed to do so, compared to 4,590 last year and lower than the 4,000 to 6,000 leaving the register annually in recent years.
The regulator said 93,253 (96%) completed their renewal applications, compared to 91,720 last year. Another 826 have applied and paid their fee, but have not submitted the required piece of continuing professional development (CPD), down from 1,349 last year. They have until 21 December to submit their CPD or else face removal too.
Social Work England will now email all practitioners who have applied to renew to confirm their registration status. It has published information on what happens next on its website.
A week ago, more than a fifth of the 96,948 social workers required to renew had yet to do so, with one in nine having still not completed their applications two days before the deadline.
This mirrors a last-ditch surge from last year, when almost 20% of practitioners (18,000) completed the process in the five days before the deadline.
Social Work England said it was pleased with the final number of renewals and thanked social workers for making time to apply and share their CPD.
Philip Hallam, executive director of registration, education quality assurance and legal at the regulator, said registration was important for members of the public with whom practitioners worked.
“Registration is a legal requirement for social workers as it is for other professions, such as midwives, doctors, and dentists,” he said.
“The process of registration renewal helps members of the public, and in particular those with a social worker in their life, be reassured that social workers continue to meet the professional standards, and are capable of safe and effective practise.
“As communities face new challenges every day, it is vital that social workers continue to maintain their registration to ensure they can support those with whom they work.”