Chief social worker for England visits Dudley
England’s first chief social worker for adults, Lyn Romeo, visited Dudley today (Thursday 3 April) to learn how social work and helping people to live independently is being transformed in the borough.
During her visit Lyn witnessed the community, access and dementia social work teams in action. She also had a chance to talk directly with social workers and learn from their experiences.
Lyn Romeo said:
“As Chief Social Worker my role is to support and challenge the social work profession and to make sure that people get the best possible help from social workers.
“I have enjoyed my visit to Dudley and have been impressed as to how social workers are working with people to help them make the right choices about their care, support and quality of life”
Lyn also provides independent expert advice to ministers on social work reform as well as providing leadership within the profession and wider sector to drive forward the improvement and reform programme for social work.
Councillor Dave Branwood, cabinet member for adult, community and housing services, said:
“We are very pleased that Lyn has spent some time with us and got to understand the kind of work we do here in Dudley.
“Working with our partners, our vision is that people should have choice and control over how they receive support, based on prevention, on promoting independence, better quality of life and personal budgets. Our social workers play a vital role in making this a reality and we are very proud of them.”
Lyn was appointed in September 2013 by the government. Previously she worked as the Assistant Director for Social Care in the London Borough if Camden. She has also worked as an inspector with the Social Services Inspectorate, as well as working in Yorkshire for over 20 years as both a field social worker and in a variety of social work management roles.