To celebrate World Social Work Day on the 17th March, we will be sharing some examples of the different social workers employed by our Trust. Before we do, here is a more general introduction to social workers and how we use their wide range of skills:
What do social workers do?
Social workers support people in meeting some of life’s biggest challenges. They play a pivotal role in building relationships to support and empower children, adults and families to make important choices about the direction of their lives. At times social workers also need to ensure that those that they serve are safe and protected from harm as well as promoting and supporting individual choice and recovery.
To get a better idea of what the role involves day-to-day, why not read about Isobel, Justin, Van and Laura’s thoughts about being a social worker at Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW).
“Social Worker” is a protected title by law therefore can only be used by qualified social workers. All practicing social workers within England are required to be registered with Social Work England, the new specialist social work regulator which came into being on 2 December 2019. Social Work England manages the social work register and requires all registered social workers in England to maintain their professional registration by demonstrating adherence to social work values and competencies and demonstrate continued professional development during their professional practice.
Social workers at CNTW:
Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW) recognises the valuable contribution that social workers bring to our teams and services, and currently employs about 75 qualified social workers in total. Within CNTW we have some social workers who are employed in specific designated social worker posts as well as social workers working in other generic posts. Our social workers use their social work qualification and skills in a variety of roles including therapists, community practitioners, care coordinators, clinical leads and managers to name a few.