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Shared endeavour, values in common and a passion for practice

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Fran Leddra (l) and Mark Harvey (r)

Mark Harvey and Fran Leddra are extremely excited to be taking on the role of Chief Social Workers for Adults and to continue the great work Lyn Romeo has led over the last six years.

In this first joint blog since taking up the post, they talk about what social work means to them, the values they share and their aspirations for the profession.

Our new social work students will have the best academic support

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Mortar board symbolising academic excellence

It's that time of year again, when new students are settling into their degree programmes and making plans for the academic year ahead. Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults is sending welcome wishes to them and a big thank you to the academic staff teaching them.

All change at the Chief Social Worker for Adults' office

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Lyn Romeo

You may have noticed this blog has changed its title and is no longer in my name, Lyn Romeo.

The reasons for this are threefold: firstly to align with the format of other GOV.UK blogs, secondly to emphasise its main focus, but thirdly to signal a temporary but significant change in my personal and professional circumstances.

On World Social Work Day, my annual report echoes themes of community and sustainable environments

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I'm very pleased to be publishing my annual report on World Social Work Day. Its theme of promoting community and environmental sustainability chimes well with the direction of travel we find ourselves on for adult social work in England. It …

Social work with adults: published resources for quality social work

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These resources provide practice and curriculum guidance for social workers specialising in dementia, autism and mental capacity. They were commissioned by me in my capacity as Chief Social Worker for Adults in the Department of Health, in partnership with the …

Celebrating our social workers and a warm welcome to fresh starters

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I have had some brilliant meetings and visits over the last few weeks, all of which continue to affirm my belief in excellent social work and the great social workers playing a vital role in making people’s lives better. I …

Our new consultation: getting it right for social workers and those we help

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Today marks another milestone on our journey to improving training, support and the overall quality of social work in this country. Our consultation on the knowledge and skills statement (KSS) for social workers working in adult social care is now …