Annie Hudson chief executive of The College of Social Work, and Lyn Romeo, chief social worker for adults look at adult social work: its changing roles and expectations.

This workshop will explore the role of social workers as key professionals in leading on the effective implementation of the Care Bill. It will outline the challenges employers face in embedding great social work practice to enable people to achieve the lives they want for themselves. The employer standards for organisations employing social workers set out clear requirements to support social workers, including a sound framework for continuing professional development. But are the standards realistic, given reducing resources? With more social workers moving into integrated arrangements, what needs to be in place to ensure the local authority has robust professional oversight of social workers and their practice?