Celebrating the council’s amazing employees this World Social Work Day

News / Wed 20th Mar 2024 at 07:43am

THE importance of social work is being celebrated by Essex County Council this World Social Work Day (Tuesday 19 March).

The day, organised by the International Federation of Social Workers, sees social workers around the globe come together to celebrate the profession.

This year’s theme is ‘Buen Vivir: Shared Future for Transformative Change’, which is a reminder of the transformative role social workers play in driving positive change.

Essex County Council’s social workers work across adults, families and children’s services, supporting some of the most vulnerable people in the county, building relationships and helping to change lives.

This could be by protecting vulnerable people from harm or abuse or helping people to live independently in their own home.

Councillor John Spence, Cabinet Member for Health, Adult Social Care and ICS Integration, said: “Social work is a challenging and diverse profession, but it is also one of the most rewarding. It is often misunderstood and that is why it is so important that we recognise the hard work and positive impact that social workers have on the lives of vulnerable children, families and adults.

“They are unsung heroes – extraordinary people doing extraordinary work so that we can live ordinary lives. World Social Work Day is a chance for us to celebrate all their efforts.”

Councillor Beverley Egan, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Early Years, said: “Our social work staff do an amazing job, often in very difficult circumstances. Their efforts are so important to our work supporting vulnerable adults and children in Essex and our services would not be what they are without the excellence of our workforce. Our Outstanding children’s services truly are a testament to them.

“It is important that we recognise the vital role they play, not just on World Social Work Day, but every day of the year, and I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone working in the profession across Essex.”

The Essex Social Care Academy has been marking World Social Work Day with a number of events and activities celebrating all social care staff working in social work, as well as highlighting good practice.

This includes mindfulness sessions, self-reflection activities and sharing of messages of thanks.

Find out more about World Social Work Day at: https://www.ifsw.org/social-work-action/world-social-work-day/world-social-work-day-2024/.

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1 Comment for Celebrating the council’s amazing employees this World Social Work Day:

2024-03-20 09:24:24

The council celebrating social work is a huge kick in the teeth to social workers and an insult that rubs salt in the wound to vulnerable children and adults. The fact that it is staff congratulating staff tells a huge story - why are service users not celebrating social workers? Why is the government as quite as a mouse - perhaps because social work has become an agent of the states very, very nasty agenda. Capitalism and privatisation breeds poverty. Poverty breeds abuse and neglect and hunger. Tory Austerity policies originating in 2009 have made relative poverty (that has existed throughout modern history) rise to the most unacceptable levels imaginable for a self-proclaimed 'rich nation'...we now have so many more people living in absolute poverty (and of course more million and billionaires than ever). Sad times. Finally, a UN rapporteur this week completely damned the treatment of disabled people in the UK, the governments response at the live hearing was SO SO bad, just repeating sound bites and claiming victories that simply do not exist! All the best social workers I know have left the council to work in the charity sector, in schools or in academia.

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