The Professional Standards Authority has published its annual performance review of Social Work England for the period 1 December 2020 to 30 November 2021. The performance review assesses whether we are meeting the Professional Standards Authority’s Standards of Good Regulation that assess regulators’ performance.

Social Work England met 16 of our 18 Standards. It did not meet Standard 3, because the PSA were concerned about the lack of EDI data Social Work England held on its registrants. It did not meet Standard 17, because the PSA were concerned about how long it took to make decisions about interim orders.

Colum Conway, chief executive of Social Work England, said:

“We welcome the Professional Standards Authority’s review highlighting both positive feedback and areas for improvement. We’re continuing to work hard in addressing the challenges highlighted in the review.

“By continuing our conversations with the sector and learning from feedback, we will create an ambitious new corporate strategy that delivers further and meaningful improvement to our regulation. This will include further focus on equality, diversity and inclusion throughout as we seek to lead the way and influence change across the social work profession. We’re soon to be engaging on this strategy, providing opportunity for people to have a say in future social work regulation and influence our strategic direction.”

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