Thank you social workers: why we’re clapping for you

We asked you to tell us about the social workers you want to thank during the Covid-19 pandemic. Here's what you said

Picture coloured in by the two daughters of a social worker and an intensive care theatre assistant, who clap as a family every Thursday night. Credit: Michelle Keenan

I will be clapping for my fellow third year social work students, although not qualified, they are still on their statutory placements in the local authorities doing amazing work for families.”

I’m clapping for everyone cos I know there will be people that everyone forgets to mention. But also my daughter who has just started her first job in child protection after finishing uni.”

I’m clapping for all my social work buddies who will keep people safe in a heartbeat and go in when needed. Always under the radar of communities as front line workers.”

Each Thursday I am clapping for my fellow third year social work students. Although we are not qualified social workers we are still at the moment on our placements, in the local authorities. Doing whatever is asked of us without any pay and are very happy to do that!

As well as that, clapping for all the qualified children’s services social workers, risking themselves and their families everyday to protect other people’s families. Makes me proud to be studying and pursuing this career!”

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19 Responses to Thank you social workers: why we’re clapping for you

  1. Sandy Phillips April 16, 2020 at 3:52 pm #

    I shall be clapping for all my Social Work colleagues, workers in our Early Help Service and in Education who are continuing to offer a high quality service to children, families, parents and carers in Kent and Medway

    I also want to commend our workers in Adult Services and our Mental Health Services

    I shall be thinking of you all tonight, especially my colleagues in the Out of Hours Service who as ever are available 24/7

    A big thank you to all, for the marvellous support you continue to offer in these challenging times .

    • Carol Williams April 16, 2020 at 6:08 pm #

      I will be clapping for my colleagues in Middlesbrough lac teams who are working tirelessly to support and protect vulnerable children their families and carers. These guys are going the extra mile and covering for those who are unable to join them at work. Truly life’s Angels

  2. Marion April 16, 2020 at 5:39 pm #

    To all staff in social care, education, health, public services and other forgotten keyworker services. So many people rely on the unseen and the unknown who are trying to do their level best in challenging and difficult circumstances. A big thank you, and socially distancing hug to all involved.

  3. Isaac April 16, 2020 at 6:39 pm #

    I will also be clapping for my social worker colleagues who are working tirelessly supporting hospital discharges ,care providers, and families .Stronger together ,love my team

  4. Greg Hewitson April 16, 2020 at 7:50 pm #

    I am clapping for all social workers and social work teams who find themselves working in very challenging times.
    I am clapping for social work students completing their courses; for ASYE’s as they start their social work careers; and for those thousands of care staff in our Nursing and Residential Homes and specialist centres – for your pride, dedication and commitment to care for so many frail and vulnerable people.
    I am clapping for the Pride and Passion in our Social Work Profession – thank you everyone – God Bless you all

  5. Susan Njoroge April 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm #

    I also join my fellow socialworkers in appreciating the noble job they are doing in ensuring they give a smile on faces of the suffering. I also pray for the socialworkers who were laid off in AMPATH PLUS Kenya in2019 that God continue to open doors for them to serve humanity. What you were doing was grate

    • Daniel Rateng April 17, 2020 at 8:05 pm #

      Great. Social workers’ efforts get unnoticed in public health prevention efforts and they are ever present. Big claps to all

  6. Kathleen April 16, 2020 at 8:51 pm #

    I’m clapping for my social work colleagues across the world who continue to visit children at risk with minimal protection because we want to ensure children at risk are safe and are seen. Thank you to all essential workers, NHS, care workers, shop workers, the list goes on but not forgotten….

  7. Emmanuel Acheampong Twumasi April 16, 2020 at 11:16 pm #

    I am also clapping for social workers from Ghana – West Africa. I know how social workers are sacrificial and sacrificing

  8. Anne chep April 17, 2020 at 2:59 am #

    Am proud of my fellow social workers who are tirelessly doing what it takes to support the victims of COVID 19.

  9. Christine Williams April 17, 2020 at 8:19 am #

    I clapped for all but more so for all the social workers in Rochdale and our amazing admin teams. Our foster carers and our kids who are all hero’s. The fostering team wants to say thank you πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

    • Kathleen Hudson April 17, 2020 at 4:27 pm #

      Thank you for mentioning the Foster Carers, on call 24/7 to keep the children/young people in their care safe and well.

      Foster carers workload has increased, now also carrying out Contact and supervising with home schooling, liaising with schools and finding interesting and innovative ways to motivate and support our children and young people, as well as supporting each other through our WhatsApp groups during these unprecedented times.

      I am clapping for fellows Foster carers, our social workers, leaving care coaches and CAMH and Virtual Schools colleagues for their support and hard work. . We are all part of a wonderful team!

  10. karen beard April 17, 2020 at 3:08 pm #

    I am clapping the Social Care Business Support staff who like myself are in the office taking the calls from the customers and supporting the teams in Social Care.

    We are the back office staff still carrying on.

  11. Irene kawira April 17, 2020 at 3:55 pm #

    Am clapping for my fellow social workers….go on doing great things in our communities and may God always be with you…

  12. Stella lucie armada abaa April 17, 2020 at 11:24 pm #

    My 24/7 claps to all social workers here and abroad who selflessly extend services and risk this difficult times balancing self as a client itself and as a frontliner. Risk i may say not facing one person but people from all walks of life with varied mental health confusions anxieties anger vulnerabilities. Handling this situation not in a bit but indepth everyday to make us all safe. Amazing social worlers deserve hearty clappy days!

  13. Adedoyin Adewunmi April 18, 2020 at 12:56 am #

    I’m clapping for social workers all around the world, especially social workers in Nigeria. Though, not fully recognised and appreciated, they still risk their all for humanity. God bless them and other health care workers.

  14. Jean Ross April 24, 2020 at 12:03 pm #

    I’m trying to raise the profile of ‘risk’. Every day SWs across the world risk their own safety by completing their multiple ‘child seen’ visits with very little recognition and lack of PPE. Other community workers have a no visit policy during the covonavirus epidemic. Who else would be there to protect vulnerable children if it wasn’t for our very special unsung and unrecognised heroes.


  15. michelle corbett April 30, 2020 at 8:40 pm #

    I will be clapping for all my colleagues out there, seeing the children on their caseloads, and supporting their families. Stay strong everyone, but keep checking on you, how are you? REALLY πŸ™πŸ½πŸ™πŸ½πŸ™πŸ½

  16. Flint May 11, 2020 at 8:28 am #

    I am clapping for all the Hospital Social workers in Salford , a fantastic hospital with a fantastic Social work department.