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Free training to Return to Social Work

If you’re a qualified social worker and you’ve been out of social work for less than five years you may be eligible for free training to return to practice via the Return to Social Work programme.

Getting back into social work after a period away can be tough but with the right support, you can regain the confidence, experience and knowledge you need to get back to making a difference to people who need it most.

The Return to Social Work programme is a free training programme which enables former social workers to re-register and return to practice. If you are based in or near London, the West Midlands or the East of England you may be eligible for a free place on the programme, where you will complete 12 weeks of high quality training to update your knowledge in order to renew your registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Return to Social Work provides hands-on work placements, specialist training, comprehensive coaching and mentoring, including dedicated interview preparation once you’re registered and ready to re-enter social work – all completely free. You’ll gain the skills to ensure you’re at the forefront of social work knowledge, and the expertise to excel in an interview and secure a role that you really want.

Social work is a challenge, but social workers who are returning are benefitting from practical changes that better support them, such as opportunities for personal development training, more manageable caseloads and flexible working.

Visit for more information and to apply. You can apply from your mobile device and the application will take you less than 20 minutes to complete.

If you’ve got questions email and we will do our best to help.

Deadline for applications is midnight 15 January 2018.