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A new “Return to Social Work” programme has been launched by the Local Government Association in association with central government and the Government Equalities Office in a bid to encourage former social workers who have taken a career break to re-join the profession.

The programme, which is being trialled in the West Midlands, East of England and London, is looking to recruit 100 experienced social workers into critical roles, and will provide them with fifteen weeks’ training to prepare them for re-registration with the HCPC. The scheme will be open to all social workers across children’s and adult services, and has been designed specifically for those who have taken a career break of between two and five years.

The campaign aims to get the returning social workers back into practice from early 2018.
Applications for the Return to Social Work programme can be made online, and the deadline for applying is 19 November 2017.

This is the second recruitment campaign led by the LGA following last year’s “Come back to social work” appeal which retrained 30 social workers, and Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the LGA’S Children and Young People Board says “It’s easier than people think to come back to social work. Social workers are extremely motivated by their passion for the profession and we hope that those who are contemplating returning take up this offer, as they can definitely make a difference for people.”

If you’ve left the profession and would like to return, or you know a friend or colleague who would like to find how more information about the requirements of returning to social work, why not take a look at the resources available in our careers hub?

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