As the government gets ready to overhaul the social work sector, Researching Reform has created a petition calling on the government to make registration with new monitoring body, Social Work England, a legal requirement for anyone engaging in social work.
At the moment not everyone who is carrying out social work needs to register with an independent monitoring body. Despite there being a large range of titles used by social workers, the current guidelines only cover people calling themselves a ‘social worker’, which is what’s known as a protected title. This loophole means a significant portion of social workers engaging in a variety of social work roles are not required to register.
You may think that only minor social work roles are affected by the current registration policy, but that’s not the case. Titles like senior practitioner are not protected, although the duties and responsibilities of a senior practitioner are complex…
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