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Regulation of social work education and training
Information on how we regulate and set the standards for social work education and training in Wales. Some standards have been reviewed in 2018 and are available here.

Why we regulate social work education and training

The Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016 allows us to approve qualifications in social work. It is through this process that we ensure social work qualifications across Wales are consistent, high quality and meet the needs of the people of Wales.

We do this by setting standards for social work training at qualifying and post qualifying levels which are contained in rules described below. We approve programmes against the rules and continue to quality assure them to make sure the standards are maintained.  

The information gained from our regulation provides valuable information about social work education and social work students and is published each year in an annual report, the most recent report can be found below.

Qualifying social work programmes

The framework for the Degree in Social Work in Wales sets out the standards for the professional qualification and includes:

  • the rules governing the approval and regulation of the social work qualifying programme
  • a schedule that sets out more detailed requirements for the approval of programmes.

We have also published a separate document providing supplementary guidance to the rules with interpretation of the rules and a framework for the assessment of students.

Supplementary guidance should be read alongside the rules as it:

  • Provides further explanation of the rules
  • Provides a framework through which all social work students successfully completing the social work degree in Wales will demonstrate they meet the minimum requirements of competence described in the rules.

The practice education guidance for the social work degree in Wales provides more information about the expectations for supporting student learning and assessment in practice.

There are standards for practice learning in the degree in social work this is to ensure consistency and equity in practice learning for all students throughout their time on a degree programme.

Post qualifying social work programmes

The Approval and Inspection of Post Qualifying Courses for Social Workers (Wales) 2018 sets out the standards for post qualifying education and training and includes: 

  • the rules governing the approval and regulation of the social work post qualifying programmes
  • a schedule that sets out more detailed requirements for the approval of programmes.

There are also specific sets of requirements for some post qualifying programmes; these specific requirements are in addition to the overarching post qualifying requirements. 

Social work programmes must involve people with social care needs in the management and delivery of approved programmes. Our standards for involvement are to be reviewed in 2019–20 and will be published in due course.

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Last updated: 30 April 2019