This information is for workers who we have removed from our Register following a hearing or decision, who now wish to reapply.

The earliest you can apply to be restored to our Register is three years after the date that your previous registration was removed unless your registration was removed because of your health and for no other reason. In these circumstances, you can apply to be restored at any time.

If you apply to be restored before this time, we will return your application and tell you the first date on which you will be able to apply.

If your application for restoration to our Register is not granted, you can make another application after two years

If you apply to be restored before this time, we will return your application and tell you the first date you can reapply.

If you are a social worker you do not need to be working to apply for restoration. If your application for restoration is granted, you will be registered.

For all other roles you must apply for restoration before gaining employment in a registerable role. The application for restoration must be to the part of our Register that you were removed from.

If your application is granted, your registration will end immediately because you are not currently working in the role you were registered for. You can then look for employment in a registerable role and if you gain employment you can then apply to the relevant part of the Register in the usual way. 

It is an offence for an employer to employ you in any post which requires registration until you have been restored to our Register, regardless of the part of the Register you were removed from.

If you apply to a part of the Register which requires certain qualifications we may grant your application subject to a qualification condition if you do not have the qualification.   

You must apply to be restored to the part of the Register you were removed from and be restored to that part before you can apply to any other part of the Register. 

If you make an application for restoration to our Register, our Fitness to Practise Department will consider it and carry out any investigations we consider necessary. You can submit any evidence in support of your application. 

We can decide to:

  • grant your application for restoration
  • grant your application for restoration and impose conditions on your registration (if you accept)
  • refer your case to a Fitness to Practise Panel who can grant your application, grant your application and impose conditions or refuse your application.

You must pay a restoration fee when you submit your application for restoration. The fee will depend on which part of the Register you are applying to be restored to. This fee is non-refundable regardless of the outcome of your application.

If your application for restoration is granted and you need to apply for registration to our Register, the usual application fees will apply.   

You have the right to appeal to the Sheriff Court. Appeals must be made in writing to the court within 14 days of the decision being sent to you.