Skip to main content
Mark Harvey

Mark Harvey

Mark Harvey is the interim joint Chief Social worker for Adults at the Department of Health and Social Care. He shares the role with Fran Leddra, Principal Social Worker and Strategic Lead of Safeguarding and Adult Social Care in Thurrock Council.

Mark is also Operations Director for adult disability services in Hertfordshire County Council.

Making the most of uncertainty

Posted by: and , Posted on: - Categories: Coronavirus, Education and training, Innovation, Knowledge and skills
two hands reaching out of smartphones towards each other

Meet Carmen Colomina, social worker and Practice Development Manager at the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). In this guest blog, Carmen reflects upon the pandemic's effect on her life and work, the wider profession's adaptability, including the technological adjustments many of us have had to make to keep delivering for those who need our help.

Coronavirus and health inequalities: supporting BAME communities

Posted by: , and , Posted on: - Categories: Care and support, Consultation and engagement, Coronavirus, Society
BAME people wearing covid-19 face masks

Throughout this coronavirus pandemic, we have been reminded again of the devastating impact societal inequalities have had on the health and wellbeing of Black, Asian and ethnically diverse (BAME) citizens. The recent Public Health England report highlighted the need for us to finally act and consider the unacceptable impact such inequalities have always had on our communities...

A message of hope, support and solidarity

Posted by: , and , Posted on: - Categories: Coronavirus, Our profession
Social workers in training

This year marked 50 years since the creation of local authority social services, a milestone we had hoped to celebrate with all social workers and those in training on World Social Work Day. We have written to the profession in these uncertain times to reaffirm our continuing support, guidance and – we hope – inspiration, during this pandemic and way beyond.

Social work bohemians

Posted by: , and , Posted on: - Categories: Education and training, Knowledge and skills
Meditation and mind expansion image

Over the last few months, we have seen social workers and social work students coming together to support one another.
Not only that, they are also coming up with ways to develop and shape new ideas in social work and broaden the resources they use to enhance their practice thinking.

In this context, the Student Social Work Hub has exploded onto our social media and into the rich discussion about social work and the future of the profession.

Learning Disability Week: our role in ending discrimination

Posted by: , Posted on: - Categories: Autism, Education and training, Knowledge and skills, Learning disabilities

It's Learning Disability Week. BASW (the British Association of Social Workers) and SCIE (the Social Care Institute for Excellence) have launched new resources to support the capabilities of social workers in their work with autistic adults and adults with learning disabilities. These resources are freely available on the BASW website and will support individuals and organisations to implement the capabilities statements and CPD pathways.

Black lives matter...

Posted by: , and , Posted on: - Categories: Communities, Society
George Floyd mural

Over the past few days, those of us in the Office of the Chief Social Worker for Adults and the Office of the Chief Social Worker for Children and Families have been shocked and horrified by the death of George Floyd. The subsequent outpouring of anger, despair and emotion that has followed has focused our minds once again on the presence of racism and intolerance in our societies.

Lightbulbs, leadership and being true to yourself

Posted by: , and , Posted on: - Categories: Communities, Our profession, Viewpoint
lightbulb drawn in chalk on blackboard

For a uniquely personal take on matters of race, discrimination, unconscious bias and the many other issues thrown into sharp relief by recent events in the US, we are proud to present this excellent blog from Nadia Khan.

Nadia is a registered social worker, AMHP and Interim Service Manager for Mental Health with Bradford Council - her words are honest, powerful and inspiring.

Adult social work is fifty years young

Posted by: , Posted on: - Categories: Coronavirus, Our profession
Fredric Seebohm

50 years ago this week, the Local Authority Social Services Act received royal assent and with it the creation of a new approach to social services. The act was the culmination of over two years work by Fredric Seebohm and his committee and the publication of the pivotal Seebohm Report.

This report set out the recommendations and aspiration for the foundations of a modern, forward thinking, independent and responsive social services system. Joint Chief Social Worker Mark Harvey reflects on the distance travelled since then.

Mental health social work's time is now

Posted by: and , Posted on: - Categories: Mental health
Mark Trewin presents

Another Mental Health Awareness Week is almost over – its importance given added resonance by the way the coronavirus pandemic has affected the physical and mental wellbeing of each and every one of us.

Of course, supporting people to maintain good mental health is a continuous and collaborative effort. Our colleague Mark Trewin, the Mental Health Social Work lead in the Chief Social Workers for Adults’ office has been proving the truth of this statement.

Our relationships are more important than ever on World Social Work Day

Posted by: and , Posted on: - Categories: Events, Information and access, Our profession, Society
World Social Work Day 2020 poster

A month ago, Mark Harvey and Fran Leddra, Joint Chief Social Workers for Adults, were finalising their annual report and filming a video message to release on World Social Work Day.

Like the rest of us, they now find themselves in a period of uncertainty and worry. With this in mind, they reflect on what it means to be a social worker in these unusual times and how we can all prepare ourselves for the challenges to come.