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Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults, sets out progress in improving social work with adults in an annual report, welcomed by Norman Lamb, Minister of State for Care Services.

This report sets out progress made in improvements in the education, training and practice of social work with adults since Lyn Romeo’s appointment in September 2013.

The report looks at issues for social work with adults, including:

  • ensuring social work’s role and values are recognised in the implementation of the Care Act
  • working with ADASS, the LGA and principal social workers to create the conditions for excellent social work practice
  • improving the education and training of social workers by introducing national assessment criteria for social workers at the end of their first year in employment

Important partners from the social work sector share their thoughts on her first year as chief social worker for adults and the main challenges for social work in adult services.

“For the year ahead, we need to seize the opportunity created by the House of Lords report and the Supreme Court judgment….

Good application of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and the lowering of the threshold for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) present real challenges for local authorities, as they respond to the increased workload as a result of the Supreme Court Judgement1. Local authorities will need to be supported to manage this challenge, which will be a key priority for me and the Department of Health (‘the Department’) in the months ahead….

The past year has been an exceptionally busy one for the Mental Capacity Act (MCA). The report of the House of Lords Select Committee on the MCA in March 2014 described the poor level of awareness of the Act and the need for social workers to embrace and practice the MCA’s values. The same month, the Supreme Court judgment in the case of Cheshire West brought significantly more individuals into the remit of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) regime and local authorities are seeing considerably more applications as a result.”

Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults, Department of Health


Lyn also said:

"The Care Act, which received Royal Assent in June and which will become law in April 2015, represents the most significant reform of care and support services in England and Wales in 60 years. The aim of the Act is to focus on the whole person and their strengths and assets –that of the individual, their family and the community – to ensure that their wellbeing and the outcomes that matter are the heart of every decision made. This will mean a shift away from a top-down, reactive model of care, to one which centres on wellbeing, prevention and early intervention, helping reduce crisis and demand for acute services".


In the report, Norman Lamb, Minister of State for Care Services says:

“Social workers do one of  the most important jobs in the country. People come into contact with social workers at what is oftern the most difficult times in their lives and they deserve the best services possible from professionals who are trained, passionately  committed and strongly supported by their organisation.....

 “I welcome this report which sets out the significant progress Lynn has made in her first her as Chief Social worker”


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Revelant forthcoming events:

Masterclass: The Legal use of Control and Restraint
Tuesday 4 November 
Hallam Conference Centre


Adult Safeguarding under the Care Act 2014
Monday 17 November 
Hallam Conference Centre


Masterclass: The Legal use of Control and Restraint
Wednesday 14 January 
Hallam Conference Centre


Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults in Health Services: Implementing the New Care Act 2014: Revised Regulations and Guidance
Tuesday 3 February 
Colmore Gate Conference Centre


Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults in Mental Health Services Including Implications of the New Care Act 2014
Tuesday 24 February 
Hallam Conference Centre

Implementing the new statutory framework for Adult Safeguarding under the Care Act 2014: Revised Regulations and Guidance
Monday 2 March 
Hallam Conference Centre

Wednesday 25 March 
ICO Conference Centre

30 October 2014


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