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Temporary registration of social workers

Here is the information you need to register temporarily as a social worker with us.

How to temporarily register as a social worker

There is no application form and it’s free.

If you’ve left our Register in the last three years and wish to temporarily return to practise as a social worker, e-mail our enquiries team at and let us know that you’d like to be temporarily registered.

In your email include:

  • your name
  • phone number
  • the county you intend to practise in.

Also, you must confirm that you:

  • are not on a barred list
  • have not been convicted of any offences since leaving our Register
  • are not currently subject to a removal order from a regulatory body.

You will then be added to the temporary register. The temporary register will include:

  • your name
  • registration number
  • county where you intend to practise
  • the date you joined the list of returning social workers.

This information allows employers to check your registered status. The list of temporary registered social workers will be made available online at temporary register of social workers.

We don’t know how long the current situation will last, but we expect to keep social workers who have registered on a temporary basis on the list for the entirety of the Covid-19 emergency.

We know that local authorities in Wales are keen to bring back experienced professional staff to support the collective efforts to tackle this unprecedented emergency. We recommend you visit your local authority website to make enquiries – they will be delighted to hear from you.

Following the Code of Practice

Even though this is a temporary register, you will have the same responsibilities as any other registered person, which include:

  • following the Code of Professional Practice for Social Care Workers and the practice guidance for social workers. Failure to comply with any standard in the Code may result in your registration being withdrawn
  • informing us of any changes in the details you’ve provided making sure any information you provide is true and accurate.

More information on the Code of Professional Practice and Practice Guidance.

If a concern is raised about you while you’re on the temporary register

If a concern is raised with us, we may investigate, and you could be removed from the Register if the concern is of a serious nature.

More information about how we deal with concerns.

Information for social work employers

We opened this Register in response to the public health emergency. We are registering social workers on the basis that nothing has changed to their status since leaving the Register.

It is your responsibility as the employer to to make sure that anyone you employ on the temporary register is safe to practise.

Data on the temporary register of social workers

New data about the number of social workers on the temporary register is now available. The information is updated at 8 am daily.

The information shows the area a worker has expressed they intend to work in, in some cases a worker has selected more than one local authority. This means that the total number of workers by local authority is higher than the total number of individuals on the temporary register.

View the data on location of those on the temporary register of social care workers

Emergency Registration of Social Workers Rules 2020

These rules have been put in place to give effect to a change to the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016 that is part of the Coronavirus Act 2020.

They are temporary rules only and the effective dates will be announced by the Registrar when the rules are in use or are taken out of use.

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