Social Work England: consultation on secondary legislative framework

Closed 21 Mar 2018

Opened 8 Feb 2018


The Children and Social Work Act 2017 sets out the broad legal framework for Social Work England, but much of the detail of the legal framework is to be set out in regulations. This consultation seeks views on the policy underpinning those regulations, which cover the full range of Social Work England’s regulatory functions. It sets out:

• the policy background to the reform of social work regulation;
• our approach and aims in setting up Social Work England;
• our approach to establishing the secondary legislative framework for Social Work England; and
• the key propositions that we are consulting on.

This consultation may be read in parallel with draft illustrative regulations, which set out how the proposals in this consultation document are likely to appear in the legislative framework. We have included indicative provisions to aid the consultation process and indicated in square brackets where further provisions are likely to be added following the consultation. The final regulations will change as a result of the consultation.


  • Training providers
  • Local authorities
  • Adult education providers
  • Further education colleges
  • Pupils
  • Young people
  • Parents
  • Foster carers
  • Adoptive parents
  • Employers
  • Community representatives
  • Volunteers
  • Social workers
  • Unions and representative organisations
  • Government bodies and departments
  • Universities


  • Keeping children safe in education and other settings
  • Preventing neglect, abuse and exploitation
  • Safeguarding disabled children
  • Social workers' standards
  • Adult social care
  • Adult social work