Respect Social Workers

August 21, 2018

For my first few years as a social worker, I did not have all the confidence or the patter to do the job as well as I would have wanted. Knocking on a door to initiate contact as a result of concerns about the welfare of a child; sitting down with an older person who fears having to leave their home because living alone has become difficult; accompanying a frightened teenager from a youth court to a children’s home and away from their parents for the first time; assessing the safety and vulnerability of someone in the community having an acute psychotic crisis – all of these, and more, were part of my day-to-day work.

But I did not initially have the experience to know how best to handle these challenges and it takes time – in my case two to three years – to build the necessary competence and confidence.

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