Welcome from the Chair

I am delighted to be appointed as the Chair of Social Work England and I am grateful for all the messages of support that I have received.

To be successful and effective, Social Work England must have the confidence of the public.  I am determined that in setting standards for the profession we will provide assurance for the public that those registered to practise meet the standards, are suitably qualified and remain fit to practise throughout their careers.

As a social work practitioner, a manager, an academic and a parliamentarian I have always been committed to ensuring that the needs of those who are most vulnerable in our society are understood and can be met effectively, based on evidence of what works.  As Chair of Social Work England, I will continue with this commitment and seek to ensure that we set and maintain the highest professional, education and training standards for social work practice.

I want to hear what the challenges are, what people are feeling concerned about, as well as what the opportunities are.  I want to listen to social work sector groups and other regulators to understand their perspective on the challenges facing both the profession and the regulatory landscape, as well as find out what is working well.  Most importantly, I want to meet service users to find out about their experience of social work and how Social Work England can ensure that those individuals and families who are on the receiving end of social work support remain at the heart of what we do.”


Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE
Chair of Social Work England

Lord Patel of Bradford

Lord Patel of Bradford

Lord Patel is chair of Social Work England. A qualified social worker, he worked in inner city Bradford and then established a number of Third Sector agencies working with those misusing drugs and those with mental health problems; later moving to academia working with a number of universities.