Social work vlog: my first week in social work

A children's social worker reflects on their first week on the job and how that shaped her as a social worker

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Your first experiences in any job can be formative ones. They can send you down a positive path or a negative one.

Often these experiences stick with you through your career afterwards, which was true in Sophie Ayers’ case.

Sophie has spoken in Community Care’s first social work vlog about her experiences during her first week in social work almost 10 years ago, and what that still means for her now.

Sophie is an independent social worker who works with children. She tweets @sophieayers1982. She vlogs on the YouTube channel ‘weneedtotalkaboutsocialwork’.

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2 Responses to Social work vlog: my first week in social work

  1. Nevermind June 8, 2017 at 7:15 pm #

    I started at manchester in 2009. Got slapped with 38 cases and court proceedings. Your experience of a supportive manager sounds great, but i suspect that is the exception rather than the rule. I also suspect it has got worse. Honestly, the profession is on its as

  2. Gillian-Margaret June 16, 2017 at 4:48 pm #

    On my first day as a social worker in 1975 my manager gave me advice on doing home visits. He told me to drink tea or coffee without milk as “the boiling water will sterilise the inside of the cup”.