Lyn Romeo, the Chief Social Worker for England (Adults and Communities) took part in a key session for new social work students recently.
She talked about how social workers need to take up leadership responsibilities to respond to changes brought about by the Care Act (2014). She emphasised that social workers have a vital role to play in taking forward integration, devolution and the provision of personalised, integrated, family and community orientated support. Asset orientated approaches are at the forefront of the repositioning of adult services and Lyn Romeo drew attention to the importance of positive risk taking, maximising independence and choice, working with complexity and social workers working in partnership with service users.
Social work students felt very privileged to have taken part in this important session and to have met the Chief Social Worker for England at such an early stage in their career.