Social Work England partner recruitment


Social Work England is the specialist regulator for social work in England.

We believe in the power of collaboration and share a common goal with those we regulate—to protect the public, enable positive change and ultimately improve people’s lives. To help us deliver on that ambition we’re recruiting to several varied, challenging and rewarding roles that play a critical part in making a lasting difference to people and communities in England.

As these partner positions will play a key role in our fitness to practise functions, we’re looking for people with a broad range of backgrounds that represent the diverse communities we support.

This is your opportunity to be part of a unique organisation taking a new approach to regulating social workers in their vital roles.

Delivering safe and effective practice

Our partners help us make decisions at fitness to practise hearings should a concern be raised about a social worker’s professional conduct, competence or health. We will be looking for people with and without social work experience to chair hearing panels and be panel members. We will also be looking for legal advisers to listen to individual cases and provide independent legal advice to panels of decision makers and hearing participants.

If you’ve never considered this type of work before, please don’t let that stop you from applying. If you want to help shape effective social work practice in England, this is your opportunity. Our training and support will help you along the way.

Partners should represent the communities we support

We want to reach out to people from as many different backgrounds as possible, particularly those from Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities to ensure our panels are diverse. We’d welcome anyone from these communities interested in the Fitness to practise partner roles to attend our workshop where candidates can informally meet our employees and ask any specific questions. If you would like to contribute to Social Work England as a partner, you can apply for a role until 12 midday Friday 28 January 2022. More information is also available about the application process and any questions you may have.

If you would like to find out more about us and browse further vacancies, then please visit the Social Work England website.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a partner.

Jonathan Dillon, Executive Director, Fitness to Practise

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