Social Work promise to support children and families across Harlow

Communities / Thu 23rd Nov 2023 at 07:53am

A PROMISE setting out Essex County Council’s continued commitment to support children, young people and their families has been launched.

The Essex Social Work Promise is the result of a collective effort from social workers across the county.

It has been developed with input from children and young people, with their insights helping to shape it.

The aim of the promise is to complement the council’s outstanding social work practice in Essex by strengthening relationships between children, families and social workers.

By establishing a framework to measure success, it will also help ensure children and families receive the support they deserve.

The promise sets out eight commitments to every child or young person in Essex with a social worker. It states:

We promise to:

  1. Spend time with you and get to know you.
  2. Listen to you and learn from you.
  3. Help you understand what is happening.
  4. Ask where you would like to meet.
  5. Work with you and your family to overcome problems.
  6. Work with your school to help you achieve your best.
  7. Ask you if you would like to attend and be involved in meetings about you.
  8. Help you understand when our time working together will come to an end.

Following its launch, Essex social workers are being asked to incorporate the promise and its commitments into their work with children and young people. 

Councillor Beverley Egan, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Early Years, said: “Being a social worker is an incredibly important job and we have a dedicated and passionate workforce in Essex. But we know we can always improve the support we provide.

“We want all our social workers to be the best they can be and to be empowered to provide care that makes a real difference to the children and families they work with.

“Our promise sets out to all children and young people in Essex what they can expect when they have a social worker. By equipping them with knowledge about the social work role, they will develop greater understanding and it will help challenge some of the negative perceptions of social care.

“We want to know how we’re doing and are keen to hear from families directly, so please do let us know if we’re keeping our promise.”

The council is welcoming feedback on the promise and how it is meeting its aims. Visit https://consultations.essex.gov.uk/involvement/social-work-promise to give your thoughts.

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