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Isabelle Trowler on practice, professionalism and private influence in social work

Great article by Community Care: Isabelle Trowler on practice, professionalism and private influence in social work 

The Children and Social Work Bill allows government to ‘exempt’ some children’s services from certain statutory duties.

Isabelle Trowler was recently interviewed by Community Care about her take on the reforms, her response to some of the concerns these have generated and the opportunities available to authorities and practitioners including IROs.

Here’s a short extract with reference to IROs:

‘Often some of our most experienced, talented practitioners are IROs. Could we use that skill, resource differently?’

I’ve discussed this with the national group, it’s not news to them. I’ve certainly been in authorities where if you are really struggling then the role of the IRO is really, really important. It can be the most stable part of your system and the children in care have solid relationships with them.

But at a different point in that organisation’s journey, where you have really strong relationships between social workers and with looked-after children, and really good checks and balances and supervisors, then having that third pair of eyes is sometimes, but not always, necessary. It’s about being able to manage your professional resource in the way you need to depending on your local circumstances’.

Read the full article at source: Isabelle Trowler on practice, professionalism and private influence in social work

Read Isabelle Trowler’s oral evidence to the Education Select Committee: 04 May 2016 – Social work reform – oral evidence |

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