Tonight (Wednesday) I watched the fourth and final episode of the TV drama series ‘Kiri’ on Channel 4. Whilst the series tried to portray some of the demands placed on social workers and broached transracial adoption; overall, I have to admit that I was left somewhat dissatisfied.
However, for a very brief moment I witnessed a TV drama series capture the true essence of how I believe social work is a privilege.
It came about during the ‘Care Leavers’ group intervention. We were introduced to Paul, Maggie and Richard; three people who had received support from Miriam in the past. All three, in their own unique way, spoke of the positive influences and the impact they had all experienced as a result of Miriam’s selfless interventions as a social worker.
This I thought was great. For that brief moment, I felt that a TV drama series had got it right! That’s because it offered an insight into the ‘real’ and mostly unrecognised work social workers do every single day. For me it highlighted how social workers, as facilitators of change, embody difference and promote equality as a shared journey. We saw how it promoted positive values and how being person-centred should always be and remain at the centre of what we do.
Now I appreciate I am possibly clutching at straws here; as most will know, I was very critical of the first episode and the panel hearing during the last was very misleading. But, in that brief moment, I believe it portrayed beautifully the truth about what we do and highlighted why most join the profession.
What is also great to hear is the fact that support for the social work profession appears to be growing. Recently, we reported how councils have started to celebrating social workers so as to highlight the fantastic and outstanding achievements they do. In addition, we have also seen how councils are thinking of new ways to support and improve the confidence and skills of social workers.