Continuing Professional Education and Learning (CPEL)

Continuing Professional Education and Learning Framework for Social Workers

The CPEL Framework is designed for social workers in practice roles which include different levels of complexity and breadth of tasks. The Framework aims to equip social workers with the advanced knowledge, skills and qualifications they need as they progress from newly qualified to experienced practitioners and, for some, as they take on more senior practice roles.  

The Framework is relevant to social workers in the statutory, third and independent sectors. It is intended to support the retention of experienced social workers at the front line. Most importantly, it aims to equip social workers to work effectively alongside individuals, families and communities to promote well-being. 

> CPEL - Your Questions Answered

The Care Council has developed guidance to employers and social workers on the comparability of previous and other professionally regulated post qualifying training with the CPEL framework.

> Comparing predecessor and other post qualifying awards with CPEL Programmes

Consolidation Programme for Newly Qualified Social Workers

The Consolidation Programme for newly qualified social workers is the first part of the CPEL Framework.

> Consolidation Programme

Experienced Practice in Social Work Programme

The Experienced Practice in Social Work Programme is for social workers in their third year of practice and beyond. Some social workers will undertake the full programme and others will choose to undertake relevant modules.

> Experienced Practitice in Social Work Programme

Senior Practice in Social Work Programme

The Senior Practice in Social Work Programme is designed to equip senior social work practitioners for their role undertaking complex social work practice and supervising others.

> Senior Practice in Social Work Programme

Consultant Social Work Programme

The Consultant Social Work Programme is designed to equip consultant social workers for their role as expert practitioners and leaders of the profession.

> Consultant Social Work Programme