Join West Sussex County Council this World Social Work Day on 19 March 2019 for our annual Children’s Social Care Conference.
The theme of this year’s World Social Work Day is all about the importance of human relationships, which got us thinking about our Social Workers here in West Sussex. That’s why we’ve chosen the theme ‘Stronger Relationships, Stronger Social Work’ for our conference.
In West Sussex we want relationship based practice to be at the heart of what we do with children and their families. With children and families, it is often not what we do, but how we do it that will affect the real change.
This year we have decided to open our conference up to Social Workers outside of our organisation as we feel this is a great way to get to know us and network with our own employees.
How we hold conversations, encourage children and families to share and reflect upon their experiences, consider their strengths and supports; reflects the importance we place on relationship based practice – respectful, purposeful, genuinely value and if these behaviours are intrinsic to how we support children and families, equally they are at the heart of how we support and behave with one another. They can enable and empower us to be better, to be purposeful and to be aspirational in our work.
The day will give social workers the opportunity to explore the strengths of their working relationships and learn how to be better equipped at maintaining them. We’ll hear from our own staff how team culture and working relationships helped them get through a difficult time and we will have workshops to showcase and share the fantastic array of tools and techniques our Social Workers use to build relationships with children, young people and their families.
Miriam Williams, West Sussex County Council Social Worker said:
“I think a good relationship makes all the difference to the families we’re working with.
“If you’re going to allow somebody into your home and talk about your private life and your children, you’ve got to have that relationship of trust and feeling listened to.”
Good relationships are also important when working with other organisations when supporting children and families.
Nicky Gregory, West Sussex County Council Social Worker said:
“A lot of the families we work with have maybe had extensive involvement with Children’s Social Services, they can be lacking in trust and they can be very nervous.
“To build a good relationship you need to be reliable, consistent and respectful, and to follow through with any actions you’ve spoken to families about.”
We’re also recruiting for a number of posts, so if you would like to make a difference to the lives of children and families in West Sussex get in touch. We are especially looking for more experienced social workers to join our teams.
If you’re interested in joining us please contact our careers team below to book a place. We can’t wait to meet you at our conference.
Contributed by West Sussex County Council.
We believe in giving something back to the social work community. To this end we are working with a number of like-minded organisations to provide you with the tools to develop good practice across the UK. Most importantly, we believe that everyone’s voice matters. We want to build our social work collective on your ideas, and champion the causes that matter to you. Join OSS Membership to actively contribute to future social work standards and policies.