A massive thank you is extended to Social Workers in the borough as World Social Work Day 2021 is marked today, Tuesday 16 March 2021.
Each year this day focuses on the theme of “Ubuntu*: I am because we are: strengthening social solidarity and global connectedness” developed by the International Federation of Social Workers to support and stand together with social workers across the world. The valuable work of social workers has been amplified this year, even more so, as we move through unprecedented and challenging times across the UK and across the world.
Councillor Tim Wilson, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Walsall Council said, “This year, even more so than usual, we celebrate and champion the hard work that our social workers do to support children needing social care and their families in the borough. Their job has not been made easier with the unprecedented challenges the pandemic has bought and has meant that they have suitably adapted and been flexible to the needs of those most vulnerable. This is a unique opportunity to offer our thanks and encourage those considering a career in social work to get involved.”
Councillor Rose Martin, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care, Walsall Council said, “Social work is a challenging profession at the best of times, however in midst of a global pandemic our social work teams have risen to the challenge, adapted to new ways of working and continue to provide high quality, cohesive and flexible social care support, much needed by those vulnerable people in the borough. They have worked with families with kindness, humility and compassion. It has been a challenging time requiring a collective effort across the council to support new ways of working. This has included ensuring that legal and professional duties are fulfilled and the exploration of new ways of meeting the practical challenges faced in a pandemic situation, especially by embracing digital and virtual technologies. Thank you for your continued hard work and efforts.”
This week, teams in adult social care have been given opportunities to meet with the Director of Adult Social Care and Principal Social worker to reflect on the social worker role, on the practice of social work and share learning from national events.
In Children’s Social Care, teams are holding a Social Work Breakfast for staff to connect and share experiences, and to reflect on the social work role and their achievements.
Notes to editors
- For more about World Social Work Day see: https://www.ifsw.org/social-work-action/world-social-work-day/world-social-work-day-2021/
- Links below provide access to a number of national events and many will be recorded to catch up on if missed.
- *Ubuntu originates from the indigenous peoples of South Africa and was popularized across the world by Nelson Mandela. The meaning of Ubuntu – that all people and environments are interconnected and interdependent – aligns with the philosophy and ethics of social work itself. It reinforces the importance of global solidarity and co-operation as a profession and as societies, particularly as we move through unprecedented and challenging times across the UK and across the world.