Developing relationships during COVID-19
‘As a social worker in a looked after children’s team, building relationships is at the heart of practice. The Covid-19 outbreak has made this more difficult due to social distancing and the reduced number of visits to the children I support. Whilst there have undoubtedly been some challenges, I have also enjoyed finding new and creative ways to communicate with children and families in this difficult time.
As well as video and telephone calls, I have sent out letters and cards with sunflower seeds and activities in for the children to try out at home. I have had a go at growing my own sunflowers too and it creates a good conversation starter for children and young people who can be shy during calls. I have also been able to access WhatsApp which is handy for receiving pictures of lovely art work and creations that the children are making, as well as sending a quick message to check in with some of the teenagers who don’t always have credit but can connect to Wi-Fi. I feel that the current situation has given me the opportunity to communicate in a more regular and relaxed fashion with the children I work with and it’s something I hope to continue long after the social distancing restrictions are lifted’.
Newly Qualified Social Worker, Looked After Children, Dudley MBC.