As the world marks World Social Work Day (Tuesday 17 March), Somerset County Council is celebrating the dedication of Social Workers who work with children, young people and families.
Currently Children’s Services works with around 3,700 children and families across Somerset. This includes around 600 children with disabilities, around 350 young people who are leaving care and just under 500 children in care.
Social Workers from Somerset have spoken up to explain what keeps them motivated in what is undoubtedly a rewarding but incredibly challenging career choice.
Janine Newport, a Team Manager with the Assessment Team in the Somerset County Council’s Mendip office, said: “I really love coming in to work. I get up in the morning and I always want to come in to see what I can do to make a difference in a child or young person’s life. I think it is supported by the fact that I have a fantastic team around me, but for me it’s seeing those differences we can make as a team; sometimes those differences can be tiny and sometimes they can be massive.”
Consultant Social Worker, Danielle Aslam, works in the Council’s South Somerset office. She said: “I love the families that I work with. I love making a difference in people’s lives. I love the one-on-one work we get to do with children and young people and making a difference is the best bit of my job. I’ve been working in the South Somerset office for three and a half years now and I couldn’t work with a better team, they’re fantastic. Everyone is really supportive and the managers are really supportive too. They really promote learning, training and development which has been great for my career.”
Cllr Frances Nicholson, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “Social Workers should be celebrated, not just on World Social Work Day, but every day. We value the dedication they demonstrate, often while working in challenging situations.
“Social Workers are motivated by making a difference. They don’t work for recognition or acclaim. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our social work staff for the hard work they do every day.”
The Council recently launched a campaign searching for experienced Social Workers to add to its dedicated workforce who work with children, young people and their families.
A number of vacancies for qualified Social Workers have been posted to a special website http://carewithus.somerset.gov.uk aiming to help Children’s Services step up to the challenges ahead.