This statement is in response to the Department of Health's invitation to comment on the Knowledge and Skills Statement for Adult Social Care Practice Supervisors.

ADASS welcomes the opportunity to comment on the draft knowledge and skills statements (KSS) for social work supervisors in adult social care. ADASS supports any initiatives which seek to improve the quality of social work at all levels, which the KSS sets out to achieve. The role of social workers is critical in supporting individuals and their families to live the life they want to, whilst ensuring they are safe from harm or abuse. ADASS is therefore committed to ensuring that social workers have high quality guidance and support to do their jobs effectively. However, any changes need to be embedded in a sound understanding of the work undertaken in a local authority context and flexibility needs to be built in to ensure that localities can effectively respond to the needs of their local communities.

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