An American Social Worker in London

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Well I'm moving the to UK.

Well I'min the process of moving the to UK. HCPC is the certifying agency in the UK. Yes there are a number of LinkedIn UK Social Work groups and recruitment agencies. But as I have been doing my research UK leaving the EU has its issues as well as new laws regarding immigration an temporary workers. Do your research as a non-student moving to the UK

Morton 154 days ago


hi, just curious as you're in the stages of moving of how your job search went? 108 days ago

Licensing in the UK

I am currently living in London with my husband under a Tier 2 Visa (my husband has a new job here). I am an American, and am wondering what steps I need to take to be able to apply for social work jobs in London. I have a Masters Degree, and a license in Pennsylvania which will expire in January, as I did not keep up with CEUs- we had planned to be in Brazil, so I wasn't expecting to be able to work (bc of the language barrier).

Anyway, with a license in PA and a Masters Degree, what do I need to do to be qualified to apply for jobs here? I am almost four years out of school.

Elisabeth 320 days ago


Did you ever find out how to do this? I'm in the same situation as you & live in PA.

Katarzyna Sadowska 204 days ago

Getting Licensed

I am here in the UK for a US company. I want to transfer my LCSW to be able to practice in the UK and it is such a quagmire to contact anyone to give you any guidance. The multiple agencies do not return calls or emails. IT would be interesting to hear anyone's advice on how to get your license here so I can work some part time clients

Josh 343 days ago


I am an MSW student and completing my degree in December. I am looking at PhD/Doctoral programs in the UK and want to take some time off and work in the UK before I start school again. I have 5 years of working in the field and have a great deal of experience. I would like to know how to go about finding a job and obtaining a work visa or get my footing in the UK before I start school. Anything would be greatly appreciated.

Romel 354 days ago


Hi, Romel. Thank you for reading this article. It has been quite a while since the writer of this article worked in the U.K. There are U.K. recruiters who look for U.S. social workers to work in the U.K. You may be able to find them on LinkedIn or through a Google search. Also, you may want to try asking your question in a LinkedIn group (we have one) or elsewhere on social media. 354 days ago


Hi there, my long term partner is from the USA and is trying to move across to the UK to practice social work. I am a UK citizen but as I am currently in medical school and live on my loans I don't meet the governments requirements to sponsor her, so a Tier 2 visa is our only hope and shot at the moment. We have searched the length and breadth of the internet applying for jobs with no success so far. I was just wondering if you had the names of any recruiters who sponsor USA social workers to come and work in the UK, and also where I can find you guys on linkedin to ask on there - I can't seem to find the forum?

Paul 273 days ago

LinkedIn Group

Paul, we do not have the names of specific recruiters. Our LinkedIn group is under "The New Social Worker Magazine." Try this link: 272 days ago

Francis Waldo

Hi, I am Francis Waldo Juanillo, I am a medical social worker here in our country as well as I am a licensed social worker. I've been doing case management and field during my internship in college and was assigned to any various places that has various problems, interms of economic, social, emotional and mental aspects. I also have my internship in Parole and Probation office under Dept. of Justice. Now, I am a medical social worker here in the Philippines I never call it a dream to work abroad as a social worker instead I call it as a plan to work abroad. This is to enhance and learn more about different cultures in the world and understand the broad meaning of a generalize social work. This is also to gain more knowledge about the different agencies and people that could become the possible resource person and help as through our strategic and justfied service in the near future, so Please help me or guide me where I could possibly apply for abroad as a socil worker.

Thank you and Godbless.

Francis Waldo more than 1 year ago

about serve as a social work

I´m Carmen, Brazilian, just graduated on Social work and look forward to work on it. I connect well with people, also speak Spanish, plus Portuguese and English...I´ve been living in África in different countries, doing a volunteer work for several years...I´d love go out of my country, live and work abroad.

Carmen Caldeira more than 1 year ago

Fellow LUC Grad(to-be)

I am going to be graduating from LUCSSW this May with my MSW and CADC. I have been increasingly looking into the option of working abroad after graduation. Would you be willing to talk with me about how the process worked for you and any part Loyola played in it? I'd love to have a support that has been through it, so far I've been going it alone.

Mary D. more than 1 year ago

Clinical DIfferences

I am a UK native living and working in the US. My undergraduate education was completed here as well as my professional experience. I'm curious to know if you felt there were any obvious clinical differences, especially with presentation and diagnosis. I have my own feelings about this, of course, but I'd be interested in your insight. Obviously, this is an old article and may not herald a response.

Greg more than 2 years ago

Working in the USA

What is the process for a UK qualified Social Worker trying to secure work in USA or is this not possible?

Nicola Madge more than 1 year ago

Social Work in The UK

I got my MSW a year ago and have been working in downtown Atlanta but am very interested in working in the UK for social work. It is a place I have always wanted to live in and I think it's important for this profession to have as much experience working with different cultures as possible. Please let me know what I would have to do to possibly work in the UK. Thanks!

Meghan Murphy more than 2 years ago


Hi Meghan. my name is Angela and I am a Social worker in Edmonton, Canada. I am interested in moving to England as well. Im curious as to what advice you have received about how to go about finding jobs. Any advice/suggestions would be great!!!!
did you land a job? are you in England now???

angela more than 1 year ago

International Social Work

I am very interested in international social work, especially in London. I have recently graduated from Georgia State University with my BSW. Please email me and let me know what i need to do to get more info on working abroad.

Natalie Johnson more than 2 years ago

The other way around!

So I came the opposite way to you. I am from the UK and will be graduating with my BSW from the USA in 2016. At the moment I'm undecided on what I wan to do and was wondering if you had any information on how transferable the degree is from country to country? my big debate right now is to either stay in the USA and try and get my masters degree, or return to family and apply at home in the UK! Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Kirsten Rendall more than 2 years ago

International Social Work

Can you email me I have a few questions about your work outside the USA

Mildred Reyes more than 2 years ago


This article was published several years ago, so its author may not see your request. more than 2 years ago

Living rate+wages

How affordable is living in the UK as a single person? I'm having some difficulty finding up to date numbers. Hopefully someone will notice this soon...?

Mallory Hudson more than 2 years ago


I will be graduating with my MSW within the year and just stumbled upon this article. While obtaining my BA, I studied abroad in London and fell completely in love. I've been looking for a way to move back and this article just made me so excited with the limitless possibilities! Thanks so much :) Hopefully my transition over the pond will be a smooth-ish as yours!

Sarah more than 2 years ago

Any Help is Appreciated!!!

Hello I have been working as a Clinical Social Worker for about two years. I have my MSW but am very interested in working in the UK. If anybody has any helpful information on how I can get started please any help is grateful. I also am trying to find a job which will sponsor me.

Marivel Pelaez more than 3 years ago

Better late than never

I know your blog is posted years ago, but I still find it helpful. I am still in the beginning stages of getting a degree in social work (AA). My goal is get a bachelors and get a feel of the social work field. My goal is to move to London and work as a social worker. However, I am a single mother and I have a heck of a lot of planning and saving to make it doable and a safe experience for my daughter. I think it is really cool that you took the opportunity and went a step up in your field. It is annoying when people question on why would you go out of your comfort zone to live in another country. I get that all the time and it can be disheartening. I hope wherever you are that you are successful and doing well. Thanks for writing this blog. :)

Nicole more than 3 years ago

Follow Your Heart Nicole

I am a single mom living in Japan with my 7yr old daughter and it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I plan on moving to England to also work as a Social Worker just for a year so I can experience the UK. Don't let anyone make you feel that it cannot be done. Many people cannot imagine living outside their comfort zone. If you can afford it do it!! Your child will have a great experience exploring a new culture. Good Luck.

Petrish more than 3 years ago

I need help.

I was enrolled in a college in my town. But dropped out because I was told UK has different requirements than we do in America and it would be a waste of time. Is this true ?

nikki more than 3 years ago

Social work in the u.k.

Good on you Nicole, wonderful experiences when you live and work abroad! I lived and worked in the u.k. From 2004- 2006 iam Australian, it was the best years of my life. The ease of travel and the friends you make, is the icing on the cake. Now, 10'years later I want to do it again. Does anyone have the info on re applying for GSCC registration. Last time I ad a work permit, had o get the job first.

Kym Alexander more than 2 years ago

Social work in the UK

Nice article. I too am a LCSW interested in working in the UK. I am also certified to evaluate and provide treatment to sex offenders. Do you have information to share that could help me achieve my dream of working in the UK.

Marcus Goff Jones 283 days ago


Hi! I work as a social worker in mental health here in the US. I have visited Ireland twice and it has been my dream to live there since that first visit at 18. Well, I am ready to start doing that! I am more than willing to accept a social work position anywhere in the UK though. I am not a recent student and so I need help finding a job that will sponsor me! I know this is tough, which is why I am writing. Any help or connections you know of would be great! In the mean time I am researching visas and starting to apply! I am thrilled to begin the search and have set a move over there date of September if I haven't found anything. Any resources you have would be fabulous!

Heidi Welsch more than 3 years ago


Heidi - sounds like we are in the same situation. I'm looking for SW jobs in the UK. Would love to info share with you.

Tori more than 3 years ago

I can relate!!

I am graduating with my Master's in Social Work in less than two months and I'm seriously struggling to find a legitimate placement agency to work in the UK as well. :( I really hope I can connect with someone soon on how to work through this process of being sponsored and registered.

Kari Goudge more than 3 years ago

Looking for a Sponsorship Social Work Job in the UK

Could you please provide the name of a few Social Work Job recruitment agencies in the UK. I am exploring the possibility of working overseas.

Lucia Vargas-Jimenez more than 3 years ago


Lucia, I don't have any firsthand knowledge about the UK recruiting companies. If you Google "social work UK recruitment," you can find info about some of them. more than 3 years ago

Better late than never

Hello Nicole, I am wondering if you were able to figure out a plan to work abroad. I too am a single mother and will be graduating with an MSW in the spring. I am interested in working in England. Like you - I am concerned about the safety of my daughter. I would greatly appreciate any feedback you might have to offer. Thank you!

Georgia more than 1 year ago

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