Today (Tuesday, 19 March) is World Social Work Day, an annual awareness day
Published: Tuesday, 19th March 2019
Organised by the International Federation of Social Workers to celebrate the social work profession, with this year’s theme ‘Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships.’
Hounslow Council celebrated the dedication of their social workers across the borough by standing together to celebrate the achievements at an event held at the Ramada Hotel. To mark the occasion the Baked Bean Company, a touring drama group made up of adults with learning disabilities, performed a short play on transitioning from children to adults and the challenges they face.
Social workers support individuals and their families through difficult times and ensure that vulnerable people, including children and adults, are safeguarded from harm. In Hounslow 165 children’s social workers currently support around 2040 children and families and around 77 social workers support our vulnerable adults, including the elderly and those with disabilities. Our social workers help to improve outcomes in people's lives by maintaining professional relationships and to act as advocates when needed.
Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Youth Services, Hounslow Council, said: "I would like to say a huge thank you to all of our social workers and support workers, who do one of the most important jobs by supporting the most vulnerable in our borough and although it’s one of the toughest jobs to do it’s certainly one of the most rewarding.
“Social workers provide a much needed and valued service to young people and their families across Hounslow.”
Councillor Candice Atterton, Cabinet Member for Adults, Social Care and Health, Hounslow Council, said “We’re all aware that there is a national shortage of high calibre social workers and in Hounslow we are focussed on keeping the high-quality social workers already in post and on growing our own.
“Testimonies from our staff highlight just what a difference a good social worker can make and we are immensely proud of the work they do.”
Nikki, Senior Practitioner, said: “Without Hounslow’s support, I would have not been able to complete my social work degree and be in practice now.
"I feel valued that Hounslow made that commitment to me to better my future and social work career.”
Sabrina, Advanced Social Work Practitioner, said: “I’ve worked in Hounslow Children’s Services for nearly five years and although the job at times can be challenging, I’ve always felt well supported by colleagues and managers alike.
"Reflection, analysis and a focus on the child’s needs are encouraged and I’ve always felt able to express my views in relation to all three.
“Professional development is championed in our team and I’ve been able to explore specific areas of interest such as teaching as well being able to support other practitioners as well as my own cases.”
Social work with vulnerable children and adults is one of the most challenging and rewarding areas of the councils work. Today, we join together to celebrate the role which is making a difference to lives across the borough.
Hounslow Council is currently searching for social care staff to join their dedicated teams. If you’re interested in making a difference, visit www.hounslow.gov.uk/careers