Adults Principal Social Workers

The Role of this Network:

Within the Professional Capabilities Framework, the role of Principal Social Worker is

described as multifaceted and includes the following;

 Taking the professional lead across an organisation, with responsibility for

supporting and advising on the quality of practice, continuing to directly engage and

work with people who use services, families and carers

 Drawing on professional experience to influence strategic decision making across the


 Developing and sustaining partnership arrangements with stakeholders

 Promoting and participating in developing the body of social work knowledge and



Key Aims for 2017/18

Originating in the recommendations of the Social Work Reform Board. Most areas now have PSW for Adults’ and Children’s services, supported by national and regional networks. Our West Midlands Adults regional network key aims are; 

  • To develop greater clarity and consistency around the PSW role, providing support to newly appointed PSWs
  • To share practice learning, new approaches, information exchange and address common challenges
  • To facilitate consistent approaches and good practice
  • To strengthen the profile of adult social work across the region
  • To develop a common annual work plan to achieve the objectives of the network


Our Work Plan


Chairing arrangements and key contacts

Chair: Andrew Errington, Adults Principal Social Worker, Coventry City Council

Vice Chair: Mandy Appleby Adults Principal Social Worker, Herefordshire Council



The network is open to all Adults Principal Social Workers in the West Midlands region

Meetings and events

The network meets on a quarterly basis.



Some links may be unavailable if you are not registered with the appropriate network

  • Social work resources

  • Adults Chief Social Worker

  • Knowledge and Skills Statement for Social Workers in Adult Services(DH)

  • Professional Capabilities Framework

  • The Standards for Employers of Social workers in England (LGA)

  • Skills for Care Monthly Social Work briefing