Information for councils

The Return to Social Work programme offers councils a unique opportunity to hire experienced social workers from a national pool of candidates.


The #ReturnToSocialWork programme is an initiative developed by the LGA and Government Equalities Office, designed to support councils with social worker recruitment. The scheme will run a national recruitment drive on their behalf and carefully select, retrain and support 200 former social workers to return to the profession.

Councils who sign up to this programme will have the opportunity to hire these carefully selected and experienced individuals, who are all committed to getting back to making a real difference to people's lives.

To provide you with more information about the scheme, and to give you the tools to share the opportunity, we have developed the following materials:

To sign up to this unique opportunity, please click the button below and complete our council application form. You will be taken to our job vacancies page, where you will be asked to register before gaining access to the form.

Sign up

ForĀ informal queries, please email us.