The General Social Care Council this week launched a draft statement describing the roles and tasks of social workers after the government commissioned the project to help shape the modernisation of social care services for children and adults.
The aim of the work surrounding the document is to improve the status of the sector and increase the confidence of people using services.
At the same time this week, the Conservative Party launched the findings of their policy review into the role, status and image of social workers who work with children.
At this crucial time of change, we attended the annual National Children and Adult Services Conference 2007 in Bournemouth and asked a range of experts how they think the role of social work will change over the next few years.
Listen to our various video clips of what the experts including shadow health minister Tim Loughton, ADASS president Anne Williams, ADCS president John Coughlan and BASW chief executive Ian Johnston think about the future of social work.