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New independent body set up to oversee social workers becomes operational.

Social Work England, which has been established by the government to take over regulatory responsibilities for social workers from the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), has gone live.

The new regulator assumed responsibility from the HCPC on the 2 December and will be responsible for the administration of the social work register in addition to the regulation of degree courses provided by higher education institutes and CPD activities. It will also enforce professional conduct standards and fitness to practice rules for the 100,000 social workers on the register.

Colum Conway, Chief Executive of Social Work England, said: “It’s a landmark moment for the sector as our organisation takes over as regulator. We have been established under new legislation which allows us to be a modern, specialist regulator that builds and promotes confidence in the sector.”