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We previously asked our community of social workers to let us know what you think the government should be prioritising to improve social work delivery across the country.

You answered in your droves and it is clear that you are all incredibly passionate about the work that you do and the families that you support. It was also clear from your responses that there are a wide range of opinions as to what needs to be tackled as a matter of urgency.

We have listened to what you have to say, and we have shared your thoughts and opinions with those responsible for the profession.

In the forthcoming issue of Social Work News (due in October), you can read exclusive interviews with Caroline Dinenage MP, Minister of State for Care, and the British Association of Social Workers (BASW), so please keep a look out for what they have to say.

Let’s find out what you think should be key priorities for the current government...

“Continued degree education for all social workers. Work should also be done to raise the profile of social work as important and rewarding” Anonymous, Worcester

“Tackling high case-loads and releasing funding for early intervention services to prevent things escalating and services firefighting situations when it is too late.” Corinne, Bristol

“Preventative work with parents – we need to start building networks of community support; pooling resources/services/expertise within different local authorities. We also need to allow social workers to deliver therapeutic interventions” Derek, Lumsden

“The government should recognise the impact social work has on social workers and prioritise the resources to improve children and adults. We need more CAMHS and not have a long waiting list for children to access the services.” Annie, Great Yarmouth

“Putting more funding into charities that provide a number of services for vulnerable adults. We also need to provide more support and services which caters for vulnerable adults.” Jasmine, Middlewich

“There should be more positive debate in Parliament – it’s vital that we raise the profile of the social work profession” Sarah, Lewisham

“We need to provide services which cater for children and carers in an integrated way. For example, we need to be able to join up appointments with other agencies such as GPs, to cut out unnecessary visits to obtain services.” Sharon, London

“Ultimately, we need more money for a better service which provides more option.” Nathaniel, Amesbury

What do you think should be the key priorities to improve social work services? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.

Stay tuned to the next issue of Social Work News magazine (out in October) where you can find out what the government and BASW have to say about their priorities for 2019.
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