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Social workers thanked as part of World Social Work day

Social workers across the county are being thanked as part of World Social Work day.

World Social Work day aims to recognise the hard work and dedication of social workers, and in a year where their support has been needed more than ever it is rightly a time of thanks and celebration for what they do.

Councillor Guy Renner-Thompson, cabinet member with responsibility for children’s services leads the thanks, he said: “Our social workers have worked tirelessly over the past year to support those children and young people who are looked after in Northumberland.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of them for their continued dedication. They help so many children, young people and families, day in, day out – so a huge thank you to all of them.”

Social workers have a varied role working with adults, children and families. They help those they work with develop supportive relationships and get the right help and support.

Cath McEvoy-Carr, executive director for adult and children’s services, said: “Our Social Workers have been tenacious and resourceful in their approach during these unprecedented times. They have all shown a ‘can do’ attitude which has been vital for those in care during this ‘crisis’. Regardless of the concerns around themselves as professionals and all that this entails, as well as factors which impact on their personal lives, they have continued to do all they can for those they work with. They have done a great job, and we as an authority are extremely proud of all their efforts.”

The council is committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and continues to look at ways to bring more Social Workers on board.

Su Kaur, Principal Social Worker for children and families, said: “My time within Social Care has meant I have been able to work with, support and care for many children, young people and their families, and to see how that support has helped them to achieve positive goals, both short term and life goals. This gives you a feeling that is hard to describe. During my career in social work, I'm also extremely proud to have worked alongside some inspirational individuals, including students, frontline practitioners and non-social work support staff - we continue to learn from each other every day!
I would encourage anyone who wants to help make a difference in people's lives; children, young people, their families or vulnerable adults who need additional support, to consider or return to a career in social care.' 
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