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Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work in England

The 2018 Refreshed PCF, Level Descriptors for all Domains

The Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) is the profession-owned, overarching framework of social work education and professional development in England.

In this document you will find the refreshed PCF 2018 domain level descriptors from entry to strategic level. 

This document should be read in conjunction with the Guidance on using the 2018 refreshed PCF which provides further information about the revisions to the PCF Domains, the addition of three ‘super-domains’ – Purpose, Practice, Impact – and the new fan graphic

Together, these documents provide guidance on the introduction of the 2018 PCF refresh.

The refreshed PCF domain level descriptors should be used from June 2018 by Universities and other providers of qualifying and post qualifying training. They should also be used by employers and workforce development leads, Teaching Partnerships and providers of ASYE programmes.