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I have not practiced as a Social worker for over 2 years, how do I get back on the register?

In order to return to the register, social workers need to meet the following requirements, depending on how long they have been out of practice, please note that this may change in light of current legislation around registration ( correct as of April 2020 Coronavirus Act 2020 changes to social work temporary registration)

0-2 years – no requirements
2-5 years – 30 days of updating their skills and knowledge
5 years or over – 60 days of updating their skills and knowledge

These requirements also apply to someone who has never been registered with as a social worker and who has never practised (or who has not practised in the last two years) but who holds an approved qualification which is over five years old.
Please click on this link or the Social Work England guidance on returning to practice.

Programme FAQs Return to Social Work

Where is the training taking place?

 Online in the comfort of your home.

What if I can't attend all the dates in the programme?

In order to re-register with Social Work England, you will need to complete the required number of days.
You will be required to complete all the sessions on this programme. If there are emergencies for any reason and you cannot attend, you will need to make up any shortfall. Please discuss this with the Programme manager.

If you do not complete the required number of days on this programme, you will need to complete them independently. You do not need to complete your period of updating all at once, however you do need to complete them within the 12 months before you apply to Social Work England and in order for us to endorse your 30/60 days need to be completed before the end of August.

Will I get a job at the end of the programme?

We cannot guarantee a job at the end of the programme, however, you will be offered some coaching to help prepare you to apply for work and re-register with Social Work England should you complete the entire programme.

We hope that you get the most out of this programme, and that it enables you to plan a career back into social work.

The project team and partners look forward to working with and supporting all of you over the next couple of months.

Please visit this page for regular updates on the programme.

Contact information

For all programme queries please contact

Stephanie Brown: Programme administrator


or call 0345 222 0524