Oct 2012 - The Role of Social Workers in Adult Services

Social workers working with adults where enabled to practice well provide a tremendously important and valued service. This paper begins to set out the BASW vision of what social work with adults in England should be about by articulating the unique skills that social workers have to offer.

This statement from BASW is a response to the concern of members nationally and in the social work with adult’s reference group about the future of social work with adult services and to inform discussion with TCSW to the Care and Support White Paper and draft bill.

BASW recognises the need to support the role of social work as a qualified and regulated profession. Social Workers need to be able to use their professional skills to support the most vulnerable people and agencies need to ensure that they can receive this service.

BASW does not recommend that social workers are limited to narrowly prescribed tasks. Employers need flexibility to deploy social workers according to the needs of service users and social workers need the opportunity to develop their skills and improve practice in response to the development of knowledge.

Published : 26th September 2012*

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