Essex County Council, Social Worker
The variety of work and challenges I face on a daily basis. No two days are ever the same – people can change each time you see them. I’d recommend it to people who are comfortable working with a wide variety of people as well as dealing with unplanned incidents that could mean having to completely change your day or staying late into the evening. However, nothing else I’ve done comes close to the satisfaction I get from doing the job.
Having to hit the ground running with cases. Working with angry families as well as children who have been abused. Taking cases to court in order to ensure the longer term safety of the children by removing them from their families, including adoptions.
It’s essential to have a good support network, both within your team at work and with either your family/partner at home. Regular supervision and seeking advice from more senior members of the team helps as well.
Still working for Essex County Council, but having gained promotion.
It was essential for my job. It gave me a good understanding of the theories that underpin my role.
Fun, enjoyable and inspiring
I work in the Disabled Children and Young People's Team as a Consultant Social Worker for Suffolk County Council. I have been a Consultant Social Worker for 1 year. I have worked in the team for 3 years. Previous to this I worked in a 12 plus child in need team and started out in a local 0-18 child in need team.
I thoroughly enjoyed training to become a social worker and I am continuing my learning by working towards a masters in social work. Social work is such a diverse career choice as you can work in a range of areas from disability, mental health, youth justice, child protection and adult care. Over my 5 years of social work I have worked in 3 different areas of social work and enjoyed all areas.
Social work is the career to pursue if you enjoy helping / empowering people to make positive changes. I often receive positive feedback from families sharing how supportive I have been which affirms the work you do is making positive changes to people’s lives.
I would see myself being an independent reviewing officer. This role involves chairing child protection conferences and looked after child reviews. This role is very important and requires a lot of experience.
Studying at Anglia Ruskin provided me with a wide range of knowledge and skills. As part of my course I had several placements. I felt the social work department provided me with positive and challenging placements which I feel helped me with my understanding of what I wanted to do in the future in Social Work.
Fun, inspiring and life changing.