03/01/2013 - 09:47
80,049 social workers have renewed their registration. This represents 90.5% of the profession.
However, 8,425 did not renew their registration, despite being given several opportunities to do. We have now removed these individuals from the Register. This means that they can no longer practise as social workers in England.
The process for readmission to the Register is now open. We have sent readmission forms to all those who failed to renew. If a social worker returns a completed readmission form by Friday 1 February 2013, we will put them back on the Register provided they have paid their registration fee.
Anyone readmitting after Friday 1 February 2013 will need to complete our more detailed readmission forms, which includes the requirement to submit certified documents to verify their identify. This form is more detailed and carries an additional charge. The cost of readmitting to the Register after 1 February 2013 is £191, which includes the first year’s registration fee of £76. Therefore, we strongly recommend social workers readmit before Friday 1 February 2013.
1. Under Article 13B(1) of the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001, a person may not practise as a social worker in England unless they are registered with the HCPC. Further, the title ‘social worker’ is protected by law.
2. We have written to employers, where known, to advise them of the social workers who are no longer HCPC-registered.
3. Further information on social worker readmission is here: www.hcpc-uk.org/apply/socialworkers/