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Social Work England: consultation on secondary legislative framework

teenager and female support working
Consultation opens
21 March - 8 February 2018
Deadline to submit comments to Together for Short Lives
20 March 2018
Deadline to submit comments to Department for Education
21 March 2018

The Children and Social Work Act 2017 sets out the broad legal framework for Social Work England, but much of the detail of the legal framework is to be set out in regulations. This consultation seeks views on the policy underpinning those regulations, which cover the full range of Social Work England’s regulatory functions. It sets out:

• the policy background to the reform of social work regulation
• the approach and aims in setting up Social Work England
• the approach to establishing the secondary legislative framework for Social Work England; and
• the key propositions that the Department for Education are consulting on.

This consultation may be read in parallel with draft illustrative regulations, which set out how the proposals in this consultation document are likely to appear in the legislative framework. The Department for Education has included indicative provisions to aid the consultation process and indicated in square brackets where further provisions are likely to be added following the consultation. The final regulations will change as a result of the consultation.

You can read all the documents for this consultation on the Department for Education’s website.

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