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Meet our new Mental Health Social Work Lead

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Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults, is delighted to confirm the appointment of Jason Brandon as the Mental Health Social Work Lead, following recruitment into a two year secondment. Jason will provide professional leadership support to her office to improve social work across mental health services, delivered in local authorities and NHS trusts.

Opportunities expand for teaching partnerships

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Teaching partnerships, to improve placement opportunities and the quality of learning and development students experience on placement, have been a great success. So much so, government funding, channeled through the Department of Education and the Department for Health and Social Care, is now being expanded.

Chief Social Workers for Adults present their annual report for 2020/21

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The Chief Social Workers for Adults annual report 2021 is an opportunity to look back over the last year and reflect on the progress made on the priorities set out in last year’s plan and to celebrate collective achievements.

However, 2020 was a year like no other and one which proved enormously challenging to the social work profession. We saw first-hand the devastating effects of COVID-19 on the people and communities we support, including our colleagues, loved ones, friends and families...

Social Work Week 2021: learn, connect and engage

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Social Work Week 2021 is the first event of its kind in England. It is a chance for everyone with an interest in social work to examine its growing importance in society as a regulated profession. Social Work England's Chief Executive Colum Conway reaffirm's the event's focus and reflects on a positive week so far.

Striving for access, equality and respect in our profession and beyond

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As Chief Social Workers for Adults, part of our national leadership is to role model anti-racist and anti-discriminatory practice. We are therefore looking forward to working together to implement the social care Workforce Race and Equality Standard (WRES) in 18 local authorities from April 2021.

In this blog, Isabelle Trowler, Chief Social Worker for Children and Families, shares her reflections on the challenges in children’s social care and why it so important to make sure this work takes place and drives positive change.

A message from Lyn Romeo

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Fran Leddra and Mark Harvey were originally due to end their time as joint Chief Social Workers for Adults (CSWs) in October this year, yet you may have noticed they are still here.That's why they want to share with you an update from Lyn Romeo, the original Chief Social Worker for Adults currently on sabbatical, to explain why and let you know they will be continuing in their roles until March 2021.

Commissioning equality in mental health

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Challenging poverty, discrimination and inequality are core elements of the ethical and professional standards underpinning modern social work.
For this reason, all social workers - and especially mental health social workers and approved mental health professionals - should welcome the launch of the Centre for Mental Health Equality report. Our Mental Health Lead, Mark Trewin explains more...

Webinar today: new roles in mental health social work

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Over the last year 18 months, Mark Trewin, our mental health social work lead, has enjoyed the privilege of chairing of the Health Education England (HEE) new roles mental health programme group for social work. HEE set up the new roles in the mental health (MH) programme to support the delivery and expansion of innovative roles, identified as having the greatest impact in mental health services. A final webinar at 10.30am this morning completes the journey of discovery.