Tuesday 5 December

From Social Work England

A new regulator, responsible for driving forward improvements in social work practice, will be set up in Sheffield, the government has announced today.

Social Work England, established through the Children and Social Work Act 2017, will be responsible for regulating all social workers in England.

The new regulator will prioritise public protection and support social work practice improvement – from initial education and training, to continued professional development – and is a key part of the government’s ambition to make sure vulnerable children and families and adults receive the best support.

Social Work England will be based Sheffield, providing a jobs boost for the area.

Robert Goodwill, Minister for Children and Families, said:   “Excellent social workers transform lives, and this is a key part of our ambitious reform agenda to raise standards across the country and create a world-leading profession.

“Social Work England will play a pivotal role in this work driving forward improvements including ensuring new social workers have access to high-quality initial training and professional development throughout their careers.”

Health minister, Jackie Doyle-Price, said: “We know social workers do incredible work in making sure that vulnerable people, their families and carers, receive the best possible care and support.

“This new regulator is central to the Government’s plans to improve the standards of social work and will play an invaluable role supporting best practice, ultimately making the lives of those in need better. We look forward to continuing to contribute to the development of the regulator, ensuring social workers’ views and concerns shape the future.”

The government is currently recruiting for a Chair and Chief Executive Officer to oversee its set-up and drive forward the development of the new organisation.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Cabinet Member for Business & Investment, Sheffield City Council, said: “I am really pleased to hear that Social Work England has chosen Sheffield as its new home.

“The city has well-established links with the social work profession and our two universities offer a range of social work courses and each year produce a good number of graduates in these disciplines.

“There are more than 23,000 people employed within social work or associated roles in the Sheffield City Region. The city is also home to a number of significant law firms and is a natural fit in establishing a new regulatory body here. We look forward to working with SWE to ensure a successful implementation.”