Take a Break launches Thank God For Social Workers campaign

A leading women’s real-life magazine is today launching a Thank God For Social Workers campaign in support of the profession.

Take a Break, which sells 943,000 copies a week, decided to highlight social workers’ life-changing work after hearing about Community Care’s Stand Up Now for Social Work campaign.

The latest issue, out today, includes an interview with social worker of the year Jacqui Knight and anecdotes from Community Care’s CareSpace discussion forum in which social workers talk about their proudest moments. The article is featured on the cover of the magazine while Take a Break also has 500 “Thank God For Social Workers” badges to give away.

“It’s obvious that there are many thousands of excellent social workers who are performing small miracles day after day, to whom we as a society owe a great debt of gratitude,” said Take a Break editor John Dale. “It is time to report these everyday miracles, to recognise the wonderful good which this profession achieves, to redress the balance and express our many thanks.”

Dale is keen to run more articles and is appealing for social workers to send in their stories, with a pledge that personal details will be disguised to protect clients.

“We definitely want to do at least one more piece under that banner Thank God For Social Workers,” he said. “That’s why we are appealing for members of the social work fraternity to send us stories for our campaign.”

The activity is a victory for Community Care‘s Stand Up Now for Social Work campaign, which is calling for more balanced media coverage of social work and has been working to promote positive images of social work in the mainstream press.

Meanwhile, our sister title, Personnel Today, has backed the campaign. The magazine and website  is widely read by council human resources staff, who are concerned about the impact that negative press coverage has on recruitment and retention of social workers .

More information

Take a Break‘s article is on page 17 of the 2 July edition, in shops from 25 June.

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