The Job: a poem on social work

A practitioner's challenging week on a duty team inspired this poem on the highs and lows of working in social work

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by Jessica Taylor, 27, assessment social worker

This poem came about as a release of emotions after a particularly challenging week on duty. I wrote it while lying in bed, unable to sleep as the day’s events kept whirling around my head.

I suppose it was a reaffirmation that I’m doing okay – a reminder to take the good days with the bad days and remember why I chose the profession I did. It was my thoughts, feelings and justifications for putting myself through this job poured onto a page.

The Job by Jessica Taylor

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11 Responses to The Job: a poem on social work

  1. Kerry May 5, 2023 at 12:09 pm #

    Love this ?

  2. Daisy May 5, 2023 at 1:33 pm #

    This is absolutely beautiful and painfully sad at the same time. It really captures the nature of our work and why we do it.

  3. Paul May 5, 2023 at 2:14 pm #

    Glad Jessica had the time, don’ t forget the casenotes, assessments and ticking boxes on time! Ha ha

  4. Samantha Looney-Wright May 5, 2023 at 3:59 pm #

    This poem really says it all for the life of a frontline practitioner. Really poignant and absolutely brilliant

    • Joyce Sona May 5, 2023 at 6:40 pm #

      Oh wow so beautiful. The job we chose a vivid description.

  5. Sharon May 5, 2023 at 7:04 pm #

    Jessica has hit the nail right on the head. Reading The job, it made me smile, it made me wince, nearly cry.

    A lovely reflection to get you through the day , especially when one’s daily toil stretches individuals too far.

  6. Aleem toheerat oluwatoyin May 6, 2023 at 7:05 am #

    Wow this is lovely

  7. Michelle Riddall May 6, 2023 at 8:41 pm #

    What a beautiful poem, it definitely makes you realise why you do your job, it also allows you to reflect on how tough it is.

  8. sandra a smith May 9, 2023 at 7:02 pm #

    Spot on. Well done and thank you for expressing things which are sometimes hard to express!

  9. Haishat Anna Akinsoyinu May 21, 2023 at 5:38 pm #

    Beautiful poem. This would always remind me of social work in practice. Thank you.

  10. Claudia Crawley May 25, 2023 at 7:13 am #

    This poem captures the highs, the lows, and the in-betweens of the social work profession now and when I was there many years ago. Not much has changed in that respect. It remains often rewarding, often uber challenging and sometimes impossible.