Our social workers do some remarkable work

Joseph Bulmer

World Social Work Day is celebrated each year on the third Tuesday of March, with social workers all over the world celebrating and promoting the contributions of the profession to individuals, families and communities.

This year, Torbay Children’s Services will be holding their own virtual celebrations via Zoom, with social care professionals in attendance. The virtual celebrations will provide social workers with an opportunity to reflect, learn and to share best practice across services.

The theme of the awareness day this year is, “leaving no one behind”. The theme presents a vision and action plan to create new global values, policies and practices that develop trust, security and confidence for all people and the sustainability of the planet.

In keeping with the theme, SEND Strategic leads Graham Pirt and Kate Reynolds will be guest speaking on the importance of co-production; working alongside parents and carers to support the needs of children and young people in the Bay.

The celebrations will also include discussions led by Peter Heckles from Nightstop together with Shaun Evans from Torbay Early Help Service. Nightstop and Torbay Early Help Service work collaboratively to support homeless young people, whilst at the same time raising awareness of these key issues.

Cllr Cordelia Law, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Torbay Council, said; “World Social Work Day is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the remarkable work social workers do every day, supporting some of the most vulnerable children and young people in our community.

“Torbay social workers play such a pivotal role in making Torbay a more child friendly place to be. During the last year, we have seen so many of our social workers go above and beyond, demonstrating unwavering kindness and professionalism.

“We also remain committed to supporting and empowering our work force. In recent years, Torbay Children’s Services have invested millions in a completely new approach to the social worker profession. This has helped to lower caseloads, transform training, launch new supervision models, develop brilliant external partnerships, and introduce sector-leading technology.”

Torbay Children’s Services are currently recruiting a range of social worker positions. Visit socialworkjobs.torbay.gov.uk for more information.

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