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Information for social workers in England regarding the transfer of regulation to Social Work England

On Monday, 2 December 2019 Social Work England will take over from the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as the new regulator for social workers. 

In preparation for the announcement, significant progress has been made to ensure a smooth and safe transition for social workers. Social Work England will become the new regulator later this year subject to this successful development continuing.

Current registrants do not need to do anything as the transfer will be automatic for everyone on the register.

Those wishing to join the Register should apply to the HCPC until the transfer date.

Until Monday 2 December 2019, the HCPC will continue to be your regulator. If you wish to raise a concern or check any details on your registration or fitness to practise status, please check the register or contact us as you normally would.

If you have any questions about the transfer, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions below. For more information on the new regulator, please view the Social Work England website.

FAQs on the transfer of regulation to Social Work England

  • No you do not need to do anything. The transfer, including your payment of fees by direct debit if appropriate, will be automatic for everyone on the Register.

    Social Work England will welcome you to their register week commencing Monday, 2 December 2019 to reassure you this has taken place.

  • Until Monday, 2 December 2019, please continue to raise any concerns with HCPC. Any work to address your concerns that has not been resolved at the point of transfer will be handed over to the appropriate teams at Social Work England.

    Both HCPC and Social Work England are committed to a smooth transfer to ensure registrants and service-users continue to experience a good service through the transition.

  • This change will not affect you as Social Work England will be your regulator when you next renew in 2020.

    For any newly qualified social workers registering between today and October 2020, the fee will remain as per current HCPC fees.

    Should Social Work England consider a change to fees, they will consult before any changes are made.

  • All remaining balances will be transferred to Social Work England around the date of transfer.

  • No. If you cancel your Direct Debit without setting up alternative payment for the full two-year period before the deadline you will be removed from the Register and will not be able to practise as a social worker in England.

    We are working with Social Work England to transfer Direct Debits. This is subject to arranging banking permissions and the transfer of data. We will provide further information nearer the date of the transfer.

  • In its January 2016 paper, A vision for change, the Department for Education announced it would set up a new regulatory body for social work in England. The new regulatory body would have a “wider remit” than HCPC to look at post-qualification, accreditation, and potentially CPD.

    Social Work England has since been established and is readying itself to deliver the regulatory function. In the meantime, HCPC continues to deliver the regulation of social workers.

Page updated on: 04/07/2019