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Today marks World Social Work Day, and the council is recognising the important role of those working in social care. 

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World Social Work Day allows those working in social work to take a moment and reflect on the work they do, and allows others to celebrate the difference that social work can make to families and communities. 

The day was founded by the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), which is the global body of social workers. 

The council has a variety of social work roles across adults and children’s services. It also offers training programmes and apprenticeship schemes for those new to the sector, as well as those who have worked in social care before, but are looking to advance further in their career.

Caroline Williams, director of adult social care, said: “Social work is a rewarding career path where no two days are the same. Those working in social work in Warrington have a real sense of pride for the work they do in supporting others to live well, and in working with our communities to make a difference to the lives of people.”

Amanda Perraton, director of children’s services, said: “Relationships matter and social work attracts those who display real values that will make an impact on others and benefit the lives of families and children. In Warrington, we have high aspirations to help the children we support thrive, and if you think you could also help make a difference, social work would be a great career for you.” 

To mark World Social Work Day and to understand more about these careers, social workers at the council share what their social work roles mean to them:

Jackie Mahoney, team manager, said: “Social work is my club – I had a drive to make a difference, which made me pursue a career in social work. A career in social work has meant I have been able to achieve what I never thought I would and work with many different people within our community.”

Edward MacLeavy, consultant social worker, said: “While a career in social work is challenging, it is rewarding. If you can see the difficulties we face as a society from the perspective of the community’s most vulnerable people, and if you’re a caring person and a good communicator (who likes a challenge!), then social work could be for you.”

Sharon Dixon, principal social worker, said ‘’Being a social worker is one of the hardest and yet most rewarding jobs. In Warrington we work very hard supporting children to remain with their families and, where needed, offering safety for our children. I am proud to be part of the wider children’s services team, and if social work is for you, take that next step and be part of making a difference to children’s lives - become a social worker!’’ 

Margaret Houghton, consultant social worker, said: “We as social workers are privileged to work with some of the most vulnerable people in society supporting them to overcome adversity and break cycles of inequality. Here in Warrington, we work as part of a wider team to achieve safe and stable homes for our children, and aim to promote, maintain and strengthen their relationships. If you feel this is something you would like to be part of, being a social worker could be for you!’

Sophie Davies, student social worker, said: “I chose to work in social work because I have always loved working with people and I wanted to support vulnerable people within our community. Warrington is a wonderful systemic local authority, everyone is so friendly, helpful and willing to help and we are so lucky to have the extra support available to us on our journey into social work.”

19 March 2024