As the major political parties begin their campaigns ahead of the General Election in December, the strictures of Purdah are applying for me nationally and locally. Things haven’t slowed down for us though at ADASS. This week we’ve written to all the major political parties in England to ask them to keep adult social care at the forefront of their manifesto’s. The forthcoming election presents a vital opportunity to ensure that one of the most pressing domestic areas of policy, adult social care, is addressed and to give the public a clear idea about what can be expected from the next Government. This election represents an opportunity for political parties to put compassion at the forefront of their domestic agenda. Providing a tangible solution to the adult social care conundrum that transcends generations and will make a difference to people, families and their carers’.  I am sure we will all be watching closely to see whether our voice is heard and acted upon.

Earlier this week some of the ADASS central team went over to the Department of Health and Social Care to refresh and brief new and existing civil servants on all things adult social care. This was an opportunity for ADASS to outline existing adult social care legislation, facts and figures and importantly the work of ADASS, including our own position statement, with the asks of government.

Finally, on Tuesday I was delighted to spend the morning with over 100 social workers and principal social workers from the East of England who took part in a “Radical Social Work” conference. I gave a keynote on the importance of social work and social work values in driving transformation locally and nationally and “reclaiming the social work” that I knew in my younger days. Can you remember when we used to work with people that were homeless, with the Police around drugs and alcohol, engaged in community development activities? I remember running groups for carers and in the local Salvation Army hostel.  It was stimulating to spend the morning surrounded by so many passionate individuals, so enthusiastic about the difference they are helping to make every day. A big thank you to the PSWs of Southend and Suffolk who chaired the event so well.

My next blog will from NCASC 2019, which is being held this year in the wonderful Bournemouth. I hope to catch up with many of you there.