Major Adult Social Work Survey Launched in England

A major survey has been launched to find out what research needs to happen in future to further improve social work in England and our understanding of what works for people.

The survey asks adults and those approaching adulthood who have been in contact with social workers in England, social workers themselves, and other professionals who work alongside social workers, to talk about their experiences and what they think should be priorities for future social work research.

It is part of an Adult Social Work Priority Setting Partnership, started by the Chief Social Worker for Adults in the Department of Health, in response to the 2016 report: “Social Work: the state we’re in” by the Social Care Workforce Research Unit at King’s College. The report recommended that research priorities for adult social work are identified by following the tried-and-tested methods used by the James Lind Alliance.

Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults in England said:

“We want to understand more about what works best when social workers work with adults and their families.  Research evidence can help with this but first we need to know what is important to people and therefore what to research.  That is why this survey is vital.  It will help us to make sure that future research answers the questions that are important to social workers themselves and anyone who has been in contact with them.  We want future research to make a real difference to improve the quality of care and support that people receive.”

Please complete the survey here!

South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership social workers recognised in national Social Worker of the Year Awards

Dean Radford, Sheffield City Council – Gold award in the Newly Qualified Social Worker category

 Sheffield City Council social worker who helped a terminally ill woman from Africa and her seven-year-old child to secure housing and support in the city has won a national award.

Dean Radford has won Community Care’s Gold award for Newly Qualified Children’s social worker of the year after helping the family who had been moved to Sheffield by the National Asylum Support Service.

Dean stood out to the judges as someone who is “tenacious, creative and passionate”.

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Suzannah Rockett, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council – Silver award in the Practice Educator category