Isabelle Trowler

Chief Social Worker for England (Children & Families), Department for Education

A qualified social worker, Isabelle has worked within the voluntary, statutory and private sectors both in education and social care settings, in a variety of practice and senior leadership roles. She is well known for co-designing a new model of delivering child and family social work, Reclaiming Social Work, which has had an enduring influence on the children’s social care practice system across the UK and internationally.

Isabelle took up the role as the Government’s first Chief Social Worker for England (Children and Families) in 2013. Since then she has been instrumental in the introduction of national practice standards and post qualification accreditation for child and family social work, the development of nationwide teaching partnerships and the creation of a new professional regulator, Social Work England. She has also played a central part in the national improvement programme “Partners in Practice” and the roll out of the Department for Education’s Innovation Programme.