Social Work Task Force Interim Report

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Wednesday July 29, 2009
Embargo: Immediate

Directors of Adult Social Services have welcomed todays Interim Report* from the Social Work Task Force. According to Jo Cleary, joint chair of the ADASS workforce development network, its simple statement of the value social work offers to all our fellow citizens is timely but it stands in stark contrast to the difficulties the profession faces.

Ms Cleary praised in particular the continued emphasis the Taskforce has placed on developing a Royal College of Social Work - `an innovation which will ensure social work moves forward, as other professions have done, towards gaining the respect and status it very much deserves, she said.
She added that ADASS very much appreciates the direction of travel that the Taskforce is taking, and is sure that its final report, in the Autumn, will be a landmark in helping us secure a professional workforce, confident in its role, its identity, and its ability to help contribute substantial care, support and protection to citizens at various stages of their lives.

ENDS

For further information contact:
Jo Cleary, Joint Chair, ADASS Workforce Development Network, 020 7926 4788
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755
Portrait photographs of Ms Cleary available on request

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents directors of adult social services in local authorities in England and Northern Ireland. DASSs have statutory responsibilities for the social care of older people and adults with disabilities, while over 50 per cent also run social housing departments. ADASS members might also share a number of responsibilities for the provision and/or commissioning of leisure, library, culture and arts services within their councils.