Today marks the end of Community Care’s Stand Up for Social Work campaign.
For over a year we have shared your views, promoted positive stories about social work and tackled issues that matter to social workers openly and honestly.
Now it wouldn’t be a true campaign about social work without some time for reflection. With more than 120 stories published under our stand up for social work tag, we have picked out 10 of of the highlights:
1. We published one of the largest studies about burnout among UK social workers
2. Social worker Kirsty Rowe challenged professional stereotypes in a frank piece about the realities of social work
3. Social workers shared their best and worst advice
4. We have celebrated 14 different social work heroes, nominated by their peers
5. A social work lecturer revealed they left the profession because the university wouldn’t fail social work students
6. Social workers told us why they joined the profession
7. A council and adoption agency, inspired by the campaign, encouraged social workers to be more open about their role by tweeting about their jobs throughout the day. Social workers also took to twitter to share their best and worst jargon
8. We have published free downloadable guides on issues important to social workers
9. We have shared the positive views of social workers from the service users they have helped, including children’s views of their social workers, and a mum’s experience of social services
10. Finally, a service user reflected for us on how a social worker saved her life
Parts of the Stand Up for Social Work campaign will continue, and of course we will never stop promoting positive stories of social work or sharing the voices of social workers and service users. But we hope the campaign has illustrated what you and others can do to stand up for social work every day. If you wish to contribute your social work story, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.