DOH Approved Social Work Online Conference - 26 October 2021

The conference formally launched the newly published Approved Social Work (ASW) Quality Standards and is applicable to all ASWs; their line managers; ASW candidates in training and ASW Professional supervisors.


This event offered participants the opportunity to reflect on the complexities and challenges of the role and provided information on the detail of the Quality Standards and implications for ASW practice.

The conference also included a focus on the supports ASWs need to ensure that they can continue to offer the human rights centred practice that is so important to their role.

Links to the presentations are below:

Approved Social Work Quality Standards and ASW workforce planning - Aine Morrison, Deputy Chief Social Worker Officer, DOH and Gavin Davidson, Professor of Social Care, QUB.

Development and contribution of the ASW rolePhil Hughes, Former Director, NHSCT

High-Risk Professional Decision-Making in Mental Health - Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President, Provost & Professor of Social Work, University of Toronto

The impact of ASW practice on service users and carers Lisa Morrigan, Training & Consultancy

Creating Hope through Action - James Gallager, Lifeline

Rethinking Mental Illness: Developments in the Approved Mental Health Professional role and context in England Mark Trewin, Head of Alliance Building, Rethink Mental Illness and former Mental Health Social Work Lead, Department of Health and Social Care (England)

Emotion management and complexities of the role Dr. Sarah Vicary, Senior Lecturer & Associate Head of School, Open University

Approved Social Worker (ASW) workforce planning estimates - Professor Gavin Davidson and Dr. Claire McCartan, School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, QUB.

Click on the image below to see ASW Conference film.