Share your voice
Councils across the West Midlands have joined forces with West Midlands Employers (WME) to engage social workers to help shape the future of care for children and families.
The councils recognise they need to further transform how they operate to make things better, which is why they have joined forces to drive a new ‘BeTheFuture’ campaign. Their goal is to work together to share best practice and engage with qualified child social workers within the West Midlands and new recruits from outside.
The campaign is launched as concerns grow for children who are already struggling in the pandemic and have had long periods of time off school and lockdown to contend with. The pressures on children and families – and their professional social work support - are immense.
John Gregg, Director of Children’s Services at Coventry City Council and WM Children’s Services workforce lead, says:
“The West Midlands is on a journey to provide the very best children’s services in the UK. We know it won’t be easy and recognise we have a lot of work to do, but by coming together and engaging with qualified child social workers to understand their ideas and challenges we will be one step closer.”
The work is demanding, stretching, often frustrating and difficult. But social workers say it is exciting and deeply rewarding too, particularly when you see families turn things around and children respond positively in the hardest of circumstances.
That’s why they need you. Councils across the West Midlands want to capture your ideas to help them get better at what they do and draw on your experience and expertise to transform practice in the region.
Manny Sandhu, Director of Leadership, OD & Resourcing at West Midlands Employers, said:
“We want to work with social workers across the country to share knowledge and ideas so that we can really start to understand what needs to change and how.”
Some of you who have already spoken to WME have shared examples of transformation and also talked about some of the challenges you face. The team has captured stories of how you have adapted during lockdown and will be sharing these over the coming weeks.
You can help them identify what is working and what needs to change now – please take 2 minutes to complete their short survey: https://wmchildrenssocialwork.org.uk/ ?