Kent County Council (KCC) social workers are joining colleagues across the world to celebrate World Social Work Day today (Tuesday, March 20).
KCC recognises the contribution staff have made to their community and wants them to know their hard work and dedication is recognised.
This was particularly notable during the recent cold snap when colleagues in children’s and adult social care went to extraordinary lengths to keep services running in very difficult circumstances.
Some social workers stayed overnight or took extra shifts. Others delivered food parcels, cleared paths and in one case walked across the Sheppey Crossing on foot to reach vital appointments.
Excellence in the field was also recognised in June 2017, when Ofsted concluded Kent County Council delivered good service to children and families following an inspection.
Children’s services for Kent’s 1,600 looked after children were rated as among the top 30% in the country.
Julie Davidson, Principal Social Worker, said: “I have worked at KCC for all my career and I have to say I am incredibly proud of the work that we do for the people of Kent.
“Ofsted recognised the very positive work our social workers do with children and we have to recognise the challenges social workers face improving outcomes with extremely complex needs.
“Despite all these challenges what they do is keep children safe and that’s amazing and we should be thanking social workers for the efforts they go to every day to achieve that.”
To find out more about the roles available in adult and children’s social care, visit: https://www.kent.gov.uk/jobs/careers-with-us/careers-in-adult-social-care and https://www.kent.gov.uk/jobs/careers-with-us/careers-in-childrens-social-care
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Notes to editors
The 2018 World Social Work Day is themed around ‘Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability’. This mean working with communities tackle environmental challenges and human and natural disasters such as flooding or food insecurity.
The campaign was launched by the The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) in the 1980s.