‘He always listens and I don’t feel alone': children’s thoughts about their social workers

As part of an awards ceremony for children's social care, Somerset council asked children what they felt about their social workers

Photo: WestEnd61/REX Shuttershock (posed by model, words added by Community Care)
Photo: WestEnd61/REX Shuttershock (posed by model, words added by Community Care)

Somerset council recently held an award ceremony to recognise their children’s social care staff.

Children and young people were asked to nominate social workers and leaving care workers who they felt deserved an award.

The council received 60 nominations from children and young people working with the children’s social care department. Here are some quotes from young people about what they feel about their social workers.

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Photo: Monkey Business Images/REX Shuttershock (posed by model, words added by Community Care)

He always visits me and listens to everything that I say”

Photo: WestEnd61/REX Shuttershock (posed by model, words added by Community Care

Photo: WestEnd61/REX Shuttershock (posed by model, words added by Community Care

I’ve been working with this incredible woman for 3 and a half years. She makes you feel a lot more than a young person on her caseload”

Photo: WestEnd61/REX Shuttershock (posed by model, words added by Community Care)

Photo: WestEnd61/REX Shuttershock (posed by model, words added by Community Care)

We play snooker together and we talk about my stuff and she is really sweet and confident in me.”

Photo: WestEnd61/REX Shuttershock (posed by model, words added by Community Care)

Photo: WestEnd61/REX Shuttershock (posed by model, words added by Community Care)

He always listens and I don’t feel alone”

Photo: REX Shuttershock (posed by models, words added by Community Care)

Photo: REX Shuttershock (posed by models, words added by Community Care)

2 Responses to ‘He always listens and I don’t feel alone': children’s thoughts about their social workers

  1. Adam Birchall February 12, 2016 at 7:35 pm #

    BRILLIANT!!!!

  2. Imeldafearon February 24, 2016 at 1:08 am #

    I was interested in reading the feedback regarding the positive views and feelings that many have.I Am a social worker in NI, working with adolescents and their families/carers.My service offers individual and group work to male and female adolescents and we also deliver /undertake community development initiatives with for example young mums,teen girls,marginalised and struggling with a range of issues. I have always enjoyed my work and achieve much job satisfaction. This reached crescendo levels when for Xmas 2014 a young woman whom I had worked with and supported on a number of levels presented me with a “life story book” contained in a huge gift box.Inside nestled in an array of items symbolic of our journey together was a book hand crafted and painstakingly put together ..three years work…..the most fabulous art,stories,memories,pouring her heart out in respect of the role I had played in her life ,the significant of this and her healing and strength in moving forward .I will never in my life time receive such a valuable gift .This story is something that should be read by many and is true evidence that if you can connect with those with whomever you work with it can truly make a significant difference,belief in this young woman gave her hope and hope got her through… Are there any forums where I could share this story as both I and this young woman would be delighted to share it…Imelda Fearon