Over 2000 social workers were removed from Social Work England’s register for failing to renew their registration.

Social workers in England must apply to renew their registration between 1 September and 30 November. Social workers must be on Social Work England’s register to practise legally. They must renew annually, so the public can be sure they continue to meet the professional standards and practise safely.

Social workers who renewed and were retained on the register, by year:

  • 2023: 100,495 (97.3%)
  • 2022: 96,886 (96.3%)

Social workers removed from the register for not completing the registration renewal process, by year:

  • 2023: 2,256 (2.2%)
  • 2022: 3,740 (3.7%)

Of those social workers who were removed from the register, for social workers that we have known employment data for:

  • 550 (31.4%) work in adults services, compared to 899 (32.1%) in 2022
  • 997 (57.0%) work in children’s services, compared to 1,593 (56.9%) in 2022
  • 202 (11.5%) work in ‘other’, compared to 310 (11.1%) in 2022
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Social workers removed from the register after requesting voluntary removal during the registration renewal period, by year:

  • 2023: 1,365
  • 2022: 1,744

Social workers who have requested their registration status to be restored, since the end of the registration renewal period (30 November), by year:

  • 2023: 319
  • 2022: 842

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