Hope you are all safe and well during this challenging time. I would like to begin by telling you all a little about my journey so far as a social worker. I have been a social worker for 15 years. How time flies! I graduated from The University of Nottingham in 2005 and began my first job within Walsall Children’s Services within the Initial Response Service before moving into the Safeguarding and Family Support Service. This was a great experience and provided me with a good basis for my social work career. It was also at this time I became a Practice Educator and realised that I enjoyed assisting others achieve their full potential. By enabling others, I myself, grew as a professional.
After 6 years, I then moved on to working for an independent fostering agency as a supervising social worker and then a short time in a residential parenting assessment unit as a case manager. In 2016, I returned to Walsall Childrens Services as a Practice Development Co-ordinator where I have remained until now. I love my job as it allows me the opportunity to support children’s services in developing their workforce and enabling social workers to be the best they can.
When the role of Consultant Social Worker for the WMSWTP was advertised, I knew this would be a great opportunity to develop professionally, and to contribute to the future of social work within the West Midlands. When I was offered the secondment, I felt excited for this new challenge. I had some knowledge of the Teaching Partnership from being a member of the CPD and Practice Education workstream. This provided me with a good working knowledge of the role and the Teaching Partnership.
It is now my 6th week in the position and I have settled quickly into an amazing team. My aim from the offset was to build a rapport with my partners and make connections. By building these connections, I have been able to progress some of the key priorities within the central region. This would not be possible without the support of our partners from HEIs and Local Authorities within the Teaching Partnership.
I have had the opportunity to work alongside some influential people such as Prospera Tedam, who will be completing some training for us on culturally sensitive social work assessments and intervention, an area I am extremely passionate about. I have also recently set up our first sub-regional placement co-ordinators meeting to ensure that students are able to experience statutory social work. Moving forward, I am keen to build stronger relationships between HEIs and local authorities in order to strengthen social work practice and social work education.
I look forward to working with you all! 😊