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Social care roles now have 12 months to register

The Coronavirus Act 2020 has extended the time period for social service workers to get registered from six months to 12 months. 

If you’ve already submitted your application to us, we’ll continue processing it. 

If you’re new to the workforce or redeployed into a new role, you can apply for registration if you want, but we know that may not be a priority just now.

Workers registered to work in one kind of service can be immediately redeployed to work in another kind of service without any need to change their registration status with the SSSC. They would now have 12 months to register to work in a different service. 

  • For example, a care home worker could be immediately deployed to work in a care at home service, as long as the provider is satisfied they have the appropriate skills and experience for the work. 
  • Similarly, a healthcare worker can be redeployed immediately into a registered care service and would now have 12 months before there was a requirement to register with the SSSC. 

Prioritising registration of social workers 

Social workers have to be registered with us before they can practise. We have prioritised processing social work applications. 

Temporary register for social workers 

The Coronavirus Act 2020 creates a new part of our Register for temporary social workers. 

People who can apply for registration are: 

  • social workers who left the Register in the last five years 
  • final year social work students who have completed 75% of their practice placements and reached the required academic standard. 

Find out more and how to apply on the Temporary registration for social workers page

Fees, renewing registration and qualification conditions 

We have information about Fees, renewing registration and qualification conditions on a separate page.