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We currently regulate 16 health and care professions, click on each profession for more details:

Arts therapists, biomedical scientists, chiropodists / podiatrists, clinical scientists, dietitians, hearing aid dispensers, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, paramedics, physiotherapists, practitioner psychologists, prosthetists / orthotists, radiographers, social workers in England, speech and language therapists.

Social workers in England

The social work profession promotes social change, problem solving in human relationships and the empowerment and liberation of people to enhance well-being.

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Social worker

The Register first opened for social workers in England on 1 August 2012.

Number of registrants: 97,829 (03/09/18)

Professional bodies:

Each of the professions regulated by us has at least one professional body and/or association. These organisations do work which may include promoting the profession, representing members, curriculum frameworks, post registration education and training and continuing professional development. Whilst these organisations are separate from the HCPC, their role may be complementary to ours, which is why we have provided their contact details below:

The British Association of Social Workers
Wellesley House
37 Waterloo Street
B2 5PP
0121 622 8411

Current renewal start date: 01 December 2016

Current renewal end date: 30 August 2018

Next renewal start date: 01 September 2018

Next renewal end date: 30 August 2020

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