Independent report

Chief Social Worker for Adults’ annual report for 2015 to 2016

Chief Social Worker for Adults Lyn Romeo sets out progress in improving the education, training and practice of social work with adults.



This report sets out progress made in improvements to the education, training and practice of social work with adults since the Chief Social Worker’s first annual report in October 2014.

The report highlights the main priorities and issues for the profession, including:

  • working with local authorities to implement the Care Act by supporting social workers to think innovatively and creatively to meet people’s needs
  • achieving recognition and investment in social work’s contribution to primary care and a greater emphasis on a social approach to treating mental health
  • improving social work education, training and practice through development of a career pathway and specialisms for adult social work and improving professional leadership and supervision

The report also includes views of partners from the sector on the work of the Chief Social Worker for Adults and the main challenges for social work in adult social care.

Published 18 March 2016