Independent Social Work Services for Adults and Older People



ISWP is an independent professional
social work service
which was established in 2010

We offer a wide range of independent advice and support to assist self-funders or people experiencing difficulties with statutory services, their relatives and advisors to make the best 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.

We work with solicitors, courts, local authorities and private or voluntary sector agencies to provide independent social work services including; Expert Witness Reports, Mental Capacity Assessments, Best Interests Assessment Reports, and NHS Continuing Health Care assessments.

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

We are registered with Social Work England and are members of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and subscribe to the BASW Code of Ethics for Social Work. We hold Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance policies. We 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 and it is important that self-funders and their representatives are fully aware of the duties, powers and responsibilities of local authorities under the Care Act.

ISWP are able to advise on how the Care Act may affect you, your relatives, or your clients and offer a ‘Briefing Session’ tailored to your area of work, using examples of case scenarios to illustrate how the Act may apply to you or your clients' circumstances.


The COVID-19 crisis has presented a unique set of challenges for adult social care since April 2020. We know that many of our clients and carers have faced unprecedented and highly challenging circumstances. The COVID-19 response has also included significant temporary changes to the Care Act 2014 and to NHS Continuing Healthcare.

Please be assured that ISWP practitioners have followed government, professional and sector-wide guidance about COVID-19 and we have adapted working practices as necessary. As the country emerges from the pandemic and its aftermath, it is inevitable that many people’s needs will have increased, or gone unrecognised, without the usual oversight and scrutiny. We are available to discuss ways to assess and address unmet needs and will work with you to establish the most appropriate and safe way of providing our services. Please contact us for further information.

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