‘You cannot take people’s pain away': social workers share best and worst advice

Advice given to Community Care readers ranges from the optimistic to comments unlikely to feature in any recruitment campaign

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Last week, Community Care published a video about the best and worst advice some social workers had received. We asked our readers what advice they would give others, as well as to share some of the wisdom provided to them in their professional lives.

The responses ranged from the optimistic to the downright disheartening. Several people, who are unlikely to feature on any recruitment campaign posters, warned social workers off joining the profession altogether.

But aside from that, social workers did find some pearls of wisdom:

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Keep calm, use your humour,stay positive, good attitude to work helps manage the stress. – Zajac Poziomka (Facebook)

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You can only do what you can do – Aurelia Lea (Facebook)

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Management always say it’s an emergency, it usually isn’t. – James on Community Care

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The best advice I was given was to make sure you have a good reputation, listen, think and be responsive to others. – Clare on Community Care

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3 Responses to ‘You cannot take people’s pain away': social workers share best and worst advice

  1. Anne Stevens January 26, 2016 at 6:48 pm #

    Paperwork unfortunately is the most important thing to managers.

  2. Ann Lowe January 26, 2016 at 10:42 pm #

    Under promise and over deliver – never let people down

  3. Graham January 28, 2016 at 3:34 pm #

    Remember you are an officer of an elected local authority, not Robin Hood, the Lone Ranger or Zoro. This sounds boring but it will help you stay within the bounds of what is possible, rather than what you would like to do in an ideal world and if you make a genuine mistake your employer is ultimately responsible for your actions (so long as you work within their policies and procedures. Yes I know it is dull but it is the best bit of advice I ever had and has kept me safely in the profession for 35 years.