Chief Social Workers debate on the future of social work

Posted on 9 May 2014

Top social workers answered staff, students and practice educators' questions prior to keynote presentations for MRC

Visit of Chief Social Workers to the Department - 9 May 2014. Back: Dr Martin Webber, CSW Isabelle Trowler, HoD Nick Ellison, Vice-Chancellor Koen Lamberts. Front: CSW Lyn Romeo, MA Social Work Programme Coordinator Pat Walton

The Department and University were delighted to welcome Isabelle Trowler (pictured, back second from left), Chief Social Worker for Children and Families, and Lyn Romeo (pictured, front left), Chief Social Worker for Adults for an informal discussion and debate about the social work profession with current students, staff and practice educators.

They were welcomed to the University and Department by Vice-Chancellor, Professor Koen Lamberts, with Head of Department, Professor Nick Ellison, Academic Lead for the Making Research Count initiative, Dr Martin Webber, and MA Social Work Director Patricia Walton.

We are extremely pleased to welcome Isabelle Trowler and Lyn Romeo to York. The MRC seminar will be a great opportunity for experienced and recently qualified staff to debate current policy and practice with two of England’s top social workers.

Dr Martin Webber

Their role as Chief Social Workers is to support and develop the profession, providing expert advice to ministers and create a network of social workers to improve practice. As part of their visit, Lyn and Isabelle met with BA and MA Social Work students and practice educators to discuss current issues in social work education and practice. This was an excellent opportunity for our students and staff alike to debate first-hand the developments in social work with leading figures of the profession.

Isabelle Trowler and Lyn Romeo went on to present at a Making Research Count (MRC) seminar, held at the Priory Centre in York. MRC is a national initiative to promote research run by a number of universities including the University of York. It works in partnership with local authorities and other bodies in regional sites to contribute to the development of research-informed, evidence-based practice.