Social Work England: changes to the regulatory framework

Closed 11 May 2022

Opened 23 Mar 2022


We are seeking views from all those interested in the regulation of social workers on proposed technical amendments to the Social Workers Regulations 2018.

Why your views matter

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 set out in the Social Workers Regulations 2018.

This consultation seeks views on proposed technical changes to the Social Workers Regulations 2018. The consultation can be read in parallel with the draft amendments, which set out how the proposals in this consultation document are likely to appear in legislation. The final amendments may change as a result of this consultation.

What happens next

The results of this consultation and the Government's response will be published on GOV.UK in due course, alongside the final draft regulations.


  • Local authorities
  • Unions and representative organisations
  • Social workers
  • Principle social workers
  • Directors of children's services


  • Social workers' standards