We are very pleased to note that the Chief Social Worker for Adults’ Annual Report acknowledges the incredibly hard work of the sector, and its stakeholders, in addressing social care needs. The report exemplifies the vital work that the Chief Worker for Adults and Mental Health Social Work Lead are doing to address the current challenges in the sector; the report’s focus on strengthening Safeguarding Adults Boards, and on making social care a key part of the statutory care planning arrangements for the Mental Health Community Transformation are particularly welcome. It is also gratifying to note that the importance of listening to those with lived experience of mental health issues is highlighted, as is the need for more approved mental health professionals, and improved training in equality, diversity and inclusion.
Association of Mental Health Provider’s Chief Executive, Kathy Roberts, commented:
“As ever, collaboration is key in moving the needs of those with mental health needs forward, and we are very pleased to continue to work with the office of the Chief Social Worker for Adults. Their team are very supportive and active participants in our own Mental Health & Wellbeing Policy & Oversight Group, and their expertise and focus on making social care work as well as possible, for those with mental health needs, is incredibly welcome.
“In welcoming this report and its acknowledgment of the hard work done to date, we are also glad to see that the report also recognises the difficult challenges ahead for the social care sector, particularly in the area of workforce provision. We share the desire of the Chief Social Worker’s office, in seeking to ensure there will be sufficient workforce to deliver services, so that those with poor mental health and illness are able to receive the care and support that they need – and we look forward to continuing our close collaboration and partnership to help bring about that provision.”
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About Association of Mental Health Providers
Association of Mental Health Providers is the only national representative organisation for voluntary and community sector providers of mental health and wellbeing services across the country. With over 300 members, The Association works with local, regional, and national service providers to support the development of the sector, amplify its voice, and ensure the sector informs and influences all mental health policy and practice.