Independent Social Work Services for Adults and Older People



Firstly, for self-funders or people experiencing difficulties with statutory services, we offer a wide range of independent advice and support to assist them, their relatives and advisors to make the right choice and decisions about their local care, nursing or accommodation needs.

Our support ranges from telephone, email or face-to-face consultations to full, comprehensive assessments and court reports.

Secondly, for Solicitors, Courts, Local Authorities and Private or Voluntary sector Agencies, we offer Independent Social Work services including; Expert Witness Reports, Mental Capacity Assessments, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, (DoLS), Best Interests Assessment Reports, and NHS Continuing Health Care assessments.

ISWP is an affiliation of self-employed social work practitioners and social care consultants, who will negotiate and agree terms and conditions and fees individually with prospective clients.

All independent Social Workers who are affiliated to ISWP are registered with Social Work England. They hold their own Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance policies. They are members of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and subscribe to the BASW Code of Ethics for Social Work. They hold enhanced DBS checks.

The Care Act 2014

1st April 2015 saw the implementation in England of The Care Act 2014. This Act, together with its 21 sets of regulations and extensive statutory guidance, was the biggest change to the law governing Adult Social Care since the birth of the welfare state in 1948. It introduced significant reforms to the duties, powers and responsibilities of Local Authorities. It is important that self funders and their representatives are fully aware of these changes. ISWP are able to advise on how these changes may affect you, your relatives or your clients.

ISWP offer a ‘Briefing Session’ tailored to your area of work, using examples of case scenarios to illustrate the impact of the changes and how they may affect your clients' circumstances.


April 2020 – The current COVID-19 crisis presents a unique set of challenges for Adult Social Care and we know that many of our clients and carers will be facing unexpected and highly challenging circumstances. None of the regular health or social care problems that people experience will have gone away and many will have been exacerbated by social distancing or shielding. There are important temporary changes to The Care Act 2014 and to NHS Continuing Healthcare introduced by The Coronavirus Act 2020.

Please be assured that ISWP practitioners are following Government, professional and sector wide guidance about COVID-19 and we have adapted working practices as necessary. We are available to discuss potential work and will provide services remotely, where possible. Please contact us for further information.

ISWP does not have any connection to any other company which has a similar name.