Celebrating our dedicated staff on World Social Work Day

Sedgemoor CLA team

The spotlight is on Somerset County Council’s Social Workers today as they join a global celebration of those undertaking one of the most difficult jobs in society.

Social work with vulnerable children and adults is one of the most challenging and rewarding areas of the Council’s work. And today, March 19, World Social Work Day, the Council is honouring those who make a difference every day to lives across the county.

In recognising the incredible commitment of social workers in Somerset, team leaders nominated and presented individuals and teams with special World Social Work Day awards for outstanding practice.

Social work covers everything from supporting older, vulnerable adults with complex conditions and needs such as dementia or Parkinson’s Disease, to improving the lives of children and young people and working with their families to ensure where possible they can have a stable home life.

One winner was Emily Bolton, a newly qualified Adults’ social worker.

A family member said of the support she provided to her sister during a difficult time:

“ I just wanted to say on behalf of my sister and I ‘Thank you so much’.

“You have been nothing short of brilliant in handling and helping us deal with such a complicated and upsetting situation for us both.

Meanwhile the Sedgemoor CLA Team (Children Looked After) were praised for the “brilliant work” they do, making child-centred plans for the children in their teams and ensuring they prioritise time working alongside the children and families they support, as well as going the extra mile and including raising money.

Stephen Chandler with some of his Adults’ team winners, from left: Ruth Grant, Jacqui Taft, Emily Bolton and Jane Stroud

Director of Adults’ Services Stephen Chandler said: “I’m proud of the impact that social workers have right across this county. The variety of work that they do never ceases to amaze me.

“We’ve recognised a selection of people and handed out awards but really this is about celebrating the whole team – all of whom are doing incredible work.

“On World Social Work Day I’d like to say a really huge thank you to all social workers protecting vulnerable adults – you make a difference each and every day.”

Julian Wooster, Director of Children’s Services said: “I’m proud of all our staff for having such an effect on the children and young people they work with – they are making a real difference.

“They really deserve the public recognition for they work they do improving the lives of children and young people across Somerset.

“We are continuing to improve the way we support social workers doing their difficult and vital work”

Somerset County Council is currently recruiting social workers and playing a leading role in training the next generation of social workers as part of ambitious plans to be a centre of excellence for its adults and children’s services.

This year sees the launch of a new Somerset-based social work degree course in Yeovil which offers fantastic incentives and links with the Council – for more information visit www.glos.ac.uk/swy

For more information visit www.socialcareandmore.co.uk