Taking a break from social work can be refreshing, but many social workers eventually feel a strong pull back to the sector.

If you're ready to return to the field, know that you're not alone! There are a number of things you must do to strengthen your comeback.

Re-registering with Social Work England

One of the first steps in returning to social work is re-registering with Social Work England, the regulatory body for the profession in the UK. This process involves completing an application form, paying a fee, and providing proof of your continued professional development (CPD). If you have been out of the sector for a while, you may also need to complete some additional CPD activities to meet the requirements of Social Work England.

Continued Professional Development

Social work is a dynamic and rapidly evolving field, so keeping your skills up-to-date is essential if you want to return to practice. There are a number of ways to do this, including formal and private study such as attending training sessions, workshops, and conferences, and reading relevant journals, books, and articles. You can also take online courses and attend webinars.

Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)

If you have been out of the sector for more than three years, you may need to complete an Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). This process is designed to assess your knowledge and skills, and to help you demonstrate that you meet the standards for re-entry to the register. The APC can take the form of a portfolio of evidence or a supervised practice assessment.

Find your new social work role

London offers a welcoming and innovative environment for anyone looking to return to social work. View our current opportunities across all of our local authorities.

Return to Practice

Re-commence making a difference to the lives of young people, in your rewarding career as a social worker.