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Wiltshire social workers talk about their roles on World Social Work Day

Wiltshire social workers talk about their roles on World Social Work Day

Wiltshire social workers have been sharing their thoughts on how their role makes a positive difference as part of World Social Work Day today (21 March). The annual national event helps promote the work of social workers with this year’s theme focussing on community and environmental sustainability. Wiltshire Council began a targeted recruitment campaign in 2014 to help boost numbers of social workers and managers across social services which has helped lower vacancy rates and reduce agency costs.  Part of the campaign was to ensure social workers in children’s safeguarding have no more than 18 caseloads. Newly qualified social workers are also given targeted support during their first year in practice while other initiatives include encouraging internal staff to consider a new career in social work and supporting qualified social workers who may be coming back into the profession after a career break, through an innovative Return to Social Work scheme developed in-house. Trainee social worker Kaylie Chapman said the best part of being a social worker was being able to support and empower people in their individual situations. “What I like more about the job is the direct contact I have with customers and building a professional working relationship with them.” Melanie King, who has recently moved to Wiltshire explained being a social worker means you can help people get the best out of their lives. She said: “It brings you into contact with the most amazing people, many of whom are inspiring in their approach to their daily life. It makes you realise that many positive things can come out of really difficult situations.” Stephanie Hutchings said: “I became a social worker as my past experiences of the profession have always been positive which inspired me to work in this field. As a social worker in a safeguarding team, I feel every day is different and I meet different families and young people under different circumstances. A passion of mine is working with children and young people and ensuring they have the opportunity to thrive in their home environment if it is safe for them to do so.”  Wiltshire Council corporate director Carolyn Godfrey said: “We value the key role our social workers play in making a positive difference to so many people’s lives. This day is a good opportunity to recognise this while continuing to support them so they know their work is valued.”


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