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Responding to Sir James Munby's speech at the ADASS Spring Seminar, after he discussed the issue of separating couples in need of care, Margaret Willcox, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:

“Sir James Munby spoke movingly and articulated well some of the difficult issues social workers face.

“Social workers work hard and sensitively to safeguard the rights of older people and do whatever they can to keep couples together if that’s what they want.

“There are always complex issues to consider, such as how to make this work where relationships are abusive, or when one person in the couple has needs the other can't cope with.

"Social care frequently involves helping people during some of the most difficult times of their lives and the importance of social workers and social care needs to be more widely recognised.”