Social workers play a vital role in achieving better outcomes for individuals and on World Social Work Day we have an extra reason to celebrate social work. I have been working with social workers in one local authority and have taken away some key lessons about relationships in social work.
Our alternative advent calendar celebrates the people or teams who have inspired us this year
Jacky, Teresa and Tracy have inspired me greatly over the last 12 months. On top of the daily pressures of managing their part of the service, they have quietly and consistently got on with delivering the Better Lives programme in Ealing. This programme is bringing about better outcomes for service users and reducing costs. The team have empowered and supported their colleagues to deliver a strength-based approach to social care and robust performance management structures, with excellent results. Spend on placements has fallen by 5% since June and the number of people needing council support has been reduced by 3%. In other words, their commitment has shown that despite ever-increasing pressure on services, a strength-based approach and strong management can make a real difference. It is a pleasure to work alongside colleagues who are dedicated, unflappable and resolute!