Social Work England has laumched a consultation on proposed changes to its requirements for carrying out and recording continuing professional development (CPD).

CPD is the reflection and learning activity that social workers do to improve their practice and keep it up to date. As part of Social Work England’s regulations and registration rules, social workers are required to record CPD

The proposals include:

  • one of the 2 pieces of CPD recorded each year should be on a broad theme that is determined by Social Work England.
  • For the themed piece of CPD, SWE propose setting the theme based on our insight into social work practice, or areas of practice that have emerged as a concern through our regulatory activity.
  • to require a social worker to confirm they have spoken with a manager or social work peer about the impact that learning has had on their practice when recording CPD.
  • to make changes to the way SWE review CPD. At the end of the registration renewal period (30 November), SWE will continue to select 2.5% of social workers who have renewed, for CPD validation.
  • to determine the focus of any targeted sampling based upon insight and areas of concern that may pose a risk to public protection.
  • that the social worker is asked to submit a new piece of CPD within 2 months of being given advice.
The new requirements that would come into effect on 1 December 2021.
Social Work England has laumched a consultation on proposed changes to its requirements for carrying out and recording continuing professional development (CPD).
CPD is the reflection and learning activity that social workers do to improve their practice and keep it up to date. As part of Social Work England’s regulations and registration rules, social workers are required to record CPD.
The proposals include:
  • one of the 2 pieces of CPD recorded each year should be on a broad theme that is determined by Social Work England.
  • For the themed piece of CPD, SWE propose setting the theme based on our insight into social work practice, or areas of practice that have emerged as a concern through our regulatory activity.
  • to require a social worker to confirm they have spoken with a manager or social work peer about the impact that learning has had on their practice when recording CPD.
  • to make changes to the way SWE review CPD. At the end of the registration renewal period (30 November), SWE will continue to select 2.5% of social workers who have renewed, for CPD validation.
  • to determine the focus of any targeted sampling based upon insight and areas of concern that may pose a risk to public protection.
  • that the social worker is asked to submit a new piece of CPD within 2 months of being given advice.
The new requirements that would come into effect on 1 December 2021.

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