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Social workers urged to answer questions on diversity and equality during registration renewal

The re-registration period for social workers to renew their registration with Social Work England is now open.

Social workers have between 1 September and 30 November to renew their registration with the regulator.

However, each year, Social Work England urges social workers to complete their registration as early as possible to ensure that their renewal can be processed and to ensure that there is no hold up in their ability to practice.

This year, social workers are being urged to answer questions on equality and diversity when they renew their registration.

The regulator says that “this vital data will help them build an accurate picture of the workforce, and to understand and reflect the identity of this complex, often misunderstood and multifaceted profession that improves the lives of millions of people every day”.

Sarah Blackmore, executive director of professional practice and external engagement at Social Work England, said: “During our first few years of operating, we have continually been reminded of the importance of gathering data.

“Social Work England is in a unique position to capture information about the profession.

“Over the last year, we have engaged and carried out research to help us to build a rich picture of the workforce. 

“However, we know that so much more needs to be done to properly address issues of equality, diversity and inclusion. Working with the profession and other organisations is critical to ensure we succeed in our collective ambition to improve our services for social workers,” she added.

The call is backed by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW), Social Workers’ Union, UNISON, ADASS (Association of Directors of Adult Social Services), and ADCS (Association of Directors of Children’s Services).

In order to renew a social work registration, social workers need to create an online account.

You can then use your online account to:

  • Apply to be a registered social worker
  • Pay your registration fee
  • Record CPD
  • Renew your registration annually

Social Work England have produced a guide about how to record CPD.

For further information, check the Social Work England website

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