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DH Considering Accreditation Status for Adult Social Workers
Lyn Romeo’s consultation on skills statement for supervisors will explore whether children's social work accreditation system could be applied to adults' staff
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The Department of Health is set to consider the possibility of introducing a new version of the accreditation system to adult social work, which is already planned for children’s social workers. Chief Social Worker for Adults, Lyn Romeo, has revealed that she will soon be consulting on a knowledge and skills statement for a new ‘practice supervisor’ status in adults’ services.
Romeo’s report said that this consultation “will take into account” whether the Department of Education’s accreditation system “could be applied to social work with adults” and will take a look at how the ‘practice supervisor’ status should be assessed.
Romeo commented in an interview with Community Care, that the consultation was an opportunity to explore whether the sector would favour an external system of assessment to establish the new status or whether current approaches in practice, such as the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment, could be developed instead.
“We need to look, learn, listen and hear what might be the right approach before we do anything on that just yet”, she said. “The first step is getting recognition for the role, and the knowledge and skills needed”.
According to Romeo, it is “essential” for social workers to have access to strong social work supervision, especially if they are being line managed by non-social workers, as the importance of good supervision and practice leadership in social work is “more compelling than ever”.
Romeo expressed that she felt the past year had experienced a significant “strengthening” of the role of social workers in adult services, telling Community Care, “The work that the Adult Principal Social Workers Network has done has been fantastic”.