Isabelle Trowler took up her post as the government’s first Chief Social Worker for Children and Families in September 2013.
She is a founder member of the What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care, a member of the National Panel for Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews and the National Stability Forum. She also sits on the ministerial-led Family Justice Board and the Partners in Practice Governance Board.
Since qualifying as a social worker in 1996 from the London School of Economics, Isabelle has held a variety of practice and senior leadership roles within the voluntary, statutory and private sectors, both in education and social care settings.
Chief Social Worker for Children and Families
The Chief Social Worker for Children and Families works collaboratively with the Chief Social Worker for Adults. Together they work from the Office of the Chief Social Worker to:
- support and challenge the profession to ensure that children and adults get the best possible help from social workers
- provide independent expert advice to ministers on social work reform, and the contribution of social work and social workers to policy implementation more generally
- provide leadership and work with key leaders in the profession and wider sector to drive forward the improvement and reform programme for social work
- challenge weak practice to achieve decisive improvements in the quality of social work
- provide leadership to the network of principal social workers