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Information and advice about applications to register with us, including guidance for those who wish to return to the Register and social workers who qualified outside of the UK.

Who can register

The Register is open to the following groups of workers:

  • social workers
  • social work degree students

Social care managers

  • residential child care managers
  • adult care home managers
  • domiciliary care managers
  • adoption service managers (mandatory from 2022)
  • adult placement managers (mandatory from 2022)
  • advocacy managers (mandatory from 2022)
  • fostering service managers (mandatory from 2022)
  • residential family centre managers (mandatory from 2022)

Social care workers

  • residential child care workers
  • domiciliary care workers
  • adult care home workers (mandatory from April 2022)
  • residential family centre workers (mandatory from April 2022)

All social workers and social care managers must register once they have completed their qualification or they start in their post.

Social care workers must register within six months of starting in post.

Applying for the first time

If you’re applying for the first time you’ll need to create a SCWonline account to manage your registration with us.

SCWonline will allow you to:

Information you will need to apply

  • a personal email address
  • your national insurance number
  • employment details (including address, job title and start date or future start date if it’s a new job)
  • your employment history for the past five years
  • your bank details to setup a Direct Debit to pay your fees
  • your qualification certificate (accepted qualifications can be found on our qualification finder)
  • the date of your most recent criminal records (DBS) check
  • confirmation that you intend to practise in Wales
  • verified copies of your ID documents, unless you have had DBS check within the last three years or are on the DBS update service (not required for students).

Disciplinary record and criminal offences

You must tell us if you:

  • have a disciplinary record
  • are currently the subject of an investigation
  • have a criminal record.

Endorsing your application

Applications to register must be endorsed to confirm your good character and that there aren’t any reasons why you shouldn’t be on the Register. On your application you will be asked to select a person, from a list of approved people (signatories) for your organisation, to endorse your application.

Your endorser will be able to view all information on your application apart from your health and equality and diversity answers.

Your endorser must be a professional individual who isn’t a relative and doesn’t have a personal relationship with you.

If you’re qualifying in social work in Wales, select a signatory from the degree course provider or current social care employer. If you get employment by the time we receive confirmation of your qualification, we’ll contact your new employer. This happens before we complete your registration.

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Verifying and endorsing guidance

Your health

You must tell us if you have any physical or mental health conditions that may affect your ability to work in social care.

Your documents

Send us copies of the original documents verified by your endorser.

You can send us your documents by selecting ‘My Profile’ > ‘Upload a document’ in your SCWonline account.

Social work degree students

If you've been offered a place on a social work degree course in Wales you will receive an email from us to create an SCWonline account that will allow you to apply to register.

You must be registered with us before starting your social work degree in Wales.

If you’re thinking of studying a social work degree at a Welsh university, there is a social work bursary available.

Social workers returning to practice

If you’re a qualified social worker returning to practice you will need to demonstrate current knowledge and understanding of social work practice to apply for registration.

If you’re returning to practice you will need to provide evidence of PRTL for the period since you last registered.

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More information on Post Registration Training and Learning (PRTL)
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How to return to social work practice in Wales a guide for social workers
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Return to social work in Wales my portfolio of evidence

Social workers who have qualified outside the UK

If you qualified outside Wales you must contact us before you apply internationallyqualified@socialcare.wales

If you qualified in the EU, EEA or Switzerland and want to work in Wales on a temporary or occasional basis, see the guidance below.

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Advice for social workers with qualifications gained abroad who are applying for Registration as a social worker in Wales
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Guidance note for Social Workers from the European Union (EU) the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland applying to join the Register for visiting Social Workers
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Guidance note for social care manager from the European Union/ European Economic Area or Switzerland applying to work in Wales on a temporary and occasional basis

Removal from the Register

If you’ve been removed from the Register by a fitness to practise panel (removal order) you can apply to come back onto the Register five years after the date you were removed.

To re-apply for registration, you will need to complete an application on SCWonline. A panel will then decide if your registration should be granted.

Working outside Wales

If you decide to work outside of Wales, you will need to contact the regulatory body for that country.

In the UK these are:

Contact us

If you have a question you can Contact us.