Thursday 27 February 2014

Directors of adult social services have welcomed publication of Professor David Croisdale-Appleby's report and the pursuit of higher standards in social work education that it has reflected. According to President Sandie Keene, ADASS has been impressed in particular with the broad range of stakeholders that the author has consulted with and the comprehensive analysis of issues the sector faces.  Issues surrounding the licensing of social workers and links to the registration process will need further detailed review. But the complexity of the social work role is well described and the focus of the role on practice, profession and social science is a helpful distinction.

Meanwhile Brian Walsh, joint chair of the Association's Workforce Network said: We welcome the generic focus on professional social work training although workforce planning remains a challenge for councils in terms of numbers of qualified social workers we will require in the future. Brian also endorses the report's emphasis on intellectual agility; the ability to write cogent, well articulated reports, and to have a capacity to understand the dynamic and ever-changing organisational landscapes which operate across the adult care sector. The recognition of the importance of linking to Health in education is particularly welcome at a time of massive change.

ENDS

For further information contact:
Sandie Keene, ADASS President, 01132 478700
Brian Walsh, joint chair, ADASS Workforce Network  02476 833405
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser,  020 8348 5023 /07976 837755

Editorial Notes

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents directors and senior managers of adult social services departments in English local authorities. Directors (DASSs) have statutory responsibilities for the social care of older people, adults with disabilities and adults with mental health needs. In many authorities ADASS members will also share a number of responsibilities for
the provision and/or commissioning of housing, leisure, libraries, culture, and community safety on behalf of their councils. More than a third of DASSs are also the statutory director of childrens services for their authority.