17 March 2015

County council cabinet member for children’s services Cllr Heather Smith has paid tribute to the dedicated social workers who support vulnerable families across Northamptonshire.

Today (March 17th) is World Social Work Day, an annual awareness day organised by the International Federation of Social Workers to celebrate social workers' contribution to society.

Supporting families

Northamptonshire County Council’s 281 children’s social workers currently support around 4,900 children and families, and the council recently celebrated the launch of its Social Work Academy, which aims to recruit the best newly-qualified social workers to train and work in Northamptonshire.

To mark World Social Work Day, Cllr Smith said: “This event is a fantastic occasion to show our appreciation for the work of our dedicated social workers who are committed to providing the best possible support for vulnerable families in Northamptonshire.

“Social work can be a challenging career. Our staff work with some very troubled families and can sometimes have to make difficult decisions in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and families.

“I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to our dedicated social workers and let them know that their hard work and commitment is highly valued.”

Vulnerable adults

The county council also has 102 social workers who support 13,000 vulnerable adults, including elderly people and those with disabilities.

Cllr Suresh Patel, county council cabinet member for adult social care, said: “Our social workers are the unsung heroes of public services, working hard to care for some of the most vulnerable people in society.

“On behalf of the county council and the many vulnerable people they support, I’d like to thank them for their hard work and dedication.”