Leadership in Social Work

Well-led social work services contribute to people, families and communities experiencing positive and enabling support that improves their life opportunities and wellbeing.

Leadership is consistently identified in reviews of what has not worked well in social work services. Despite this recognition, there is little knowledge about how leadership is demonstrated within social work and the most effective approaches to supporting its development throughout a professional career. It is critical that social work has strong leadership to develop and sustain the profession into the future. 

This work stream seeks to understand how leadership is conceptualised and enacted in social work services. It collaborates with national organisations such as Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), ADASS/ADCS, and has sought the input of senior social work leaders from across UK, including the Chief Social Workers in England and Northern Ireland. The project includes conceptual work, establishing sites for empirical work and evaluations, and developing new CPD and qualification programmes focussed upon leadership within social work. It is situated within the Centre for Health and Social Care Leadership.  

Learning from leaders: What does good leadership look like in social care and how it can be implemented into practice?

Professor Paul Burstow, chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults, Department for Health and Social Care
Dr Jason Schaub, Lecturer in Social Work, University of Birmingham

 

Lead staff

Simon Haworth

Simon Haworth

Lecturer

Simon Haworth recently joined the University of Birmingham as a Lecturer within the Department of Social Work and Social Care. He is involved in teaching on undergraduate, postgraduate and post qualifying programmes and currently undertaking a variety of projects for the West Midlands Social Work Teaching Partnership.

Prior to this appointment, Simon worked within the field of child protection ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 2935
Email
s.p.c.haworth@bham.ac.uk

Professor Robin Miller

Professor Robin Miller

Head of Department, Social Work & Social Care
Co-Director, Centre for Health & Social Care Leadership

Robin is Head of Department of Social Work & Social Care and Co-Director of the Centre for Health & Social Care Leadership. He leads on a variety of applied research projects within health and care, with a particular focus on evaluating and learning from change initiatives. Current research projects include the national longer-term evaluation of the Integrated Care ...

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 8018
Email
r.s.miller@bham.ac.uk

Events

2018

Resources

In June 2019, the University of Birmingham, Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and West Midlands Social Work Teaching Partnership hosted an event which invited speakers and social work professionals to come together to consider the question 'What does good leadership look like in social work?'

The event was one strand of a larger leadership in social work project incorporating empirical research and evaluations, as well as the development of new CPD and qualification programmes focused on leadership in social work.Please follow the links below to listen to presentations on the day, as well as hearing from key note speakers about what good leadership looks like in social work:

Dr. Ossie Stuart, Trustee at the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) - 'Equality and Diversity in Social Work’ 

Dr Ossie Stuart discusses equality and Diversity in Social Work

Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults, Department of Health and Social Care – ‘Leadership in Adult Social Work’ 

Lyn Romeo discusses leadership in Adult Social Work

Sean Holland, Chief Social Work Officer/Deputy Secretary, Social Services Policy Group - ‘Social Work Leadership in Northern Ireland’

Sean Holland discusses social Work Leadership in Northern Ireland

 Jason Schaub, Lecturer in Social Work, University of Birmingham - ‘What is missing from our definition of Social Work Leadership’ 

 

Jason Schaub discusses the question, 'what is missing from our definition of social work leadership'

Dr Ruth Allen, Chief Executive, British Association of Social Workers - ‘Excellence in Social Work Leadership’  

Dr Ruth Allen discusses the 'Excellence in Social Work Leadership' programme

 Caroline Pipe, Social Worker and Systemic Psychotherapist - ‘Centre for Systemic Social Work’ 

 

Caroline Pipe discusses the Centre for Systemic Social Work

Belinda Weir, Director of Leadership, Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham - ‘Systems Leadership'

 

Belinda Weir discusses systems leadership

 Tanya Moore, Principal Social Worker, Hertfordshire Adult Care Services - ‘Connected Lives and Complexity’

 

Tanya Moore discusses good practice being done in adult social work at Hertfordshire County Council

 Jenny Pitts, Community Led Support Programme Lead - ‘Leadership and Community Led Support’

 

Jenny Pitt discusses leadership and community led support in social work