Adult social care users and practitioners will have a new champion following the appointment of Lyn Romeo as Chief Social Worker for Adults by Minister for Care and Support, Norman Lamb.
The new Chief Social Worker for Adults will help to improve the quality of care across adult services and act as a champion for those who receive services and the professionals who work in the sector.
The post will work closely with a Chief Social Worker for Children to be announced shortly.
Together they will lead social workers in protecting the safety and welfare of the most vulnerable in society and make sure the views of social workers are heard at the highest levels of Government.
They will advise Health and Education ministers on how best to improve standards in social work, looking at areas like training and professional development. They will also explore how social workers can best work with leaders of other professions to give the best possible services.
Lyn Romero is currently Assistant Director of Adult Social Care and Joint Commissioning at the London Borough of Camden. She has more than 35 years experience of social work practice, both as a frontline social worker and at management level in organisations delivering social work and social care services.
Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb said:
“I am delighted that Lyn has accepted this new and exciting role. She brings with her a wealth of experience from Camden and other areas. Her expertise will make her a strong and effective advocate for people who use services, their carers and social work practitioners working with adults.”
Chief Social Worker for Adults, Lyn Romeo said:
“As a social worker myself, I know how challenging it can be on the frontline, but I also know what a hugely positive influence a good social worker can have and the amazing difference they can make to people’s lives.
“It will be my aim to boost the profile of adult social work, support social workers in improving the quality of their practice and to make sure social workers can support the people they work with to achieve the outcomes they want for themselves.”
Lyn will take up her role by the autumn and initially be on a two-year secondment from the London Borough of Camden.