Sutton social worker attends parliamentary reception - 01.12.09
A Sutton social workers joined members of the House of Lords at a social work reception last week (Thursday 26 November).
Lucy Titheridge was selected along with approximately 30 others to attend the event which provides an opportunity for parliamentarians to meet social workers from the frontline, learn more about the work that they do and hear about some of the challenges faced by the profession.
Lucy decided to become a Children's Social Worker to help people and ensure that as many as possible are given the same chances in life. She joined the profession in 1996 and now manages the borough's Referral and Assessment Service working with council partners to safeguard children in Sutton.
On receiving her invitation, Lucy recalls: "My initial reaction was one of shock but I am absolutely delighted and am looking forward to meeting other social workers and sharing my thoughts on the profession."
Councillor Tony Brett Young said: "Lucy is a great ambassador for Sutton's social workers and family support workers and we are delighted that she has been recognised for her efforts at this stage in her career.
"We value the hard work and dedication of all our social workers and the contribution of all professionals in safeguarding children. Social work can be an incredibly challenging but also rewarding role. The council actively recruit to vacancies and we'd like to hear from anyone interested in social work as a career."
A high profile national campaign called 'Be the difference' launched in September to help address this issue. It forms part of a wider social work reform programme led by Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC), to widen entry routes into the profession, enhance support for practitioners and encourage former social workers back into the profession.
More than 30,000 people have already registered their interest in becoming a social worker with children and families since the campaign launched. Rebecca Leete, National Programme Manager for Social Work at CWDC, comments: "The response to the 'Be the difference' campaign has been staggering and we are delighted that so many excellent candidates from a variety of backgrounds are keen to become social workers
"If we want a world-class social work profession, we need to attract the brightest, best and most committed people to the profession. Social workers are unsung heroes and do a difficult job, often in extremely challenging circumstances – but it is a great profession to join."
Anyone who would like more information about becoming a social worker can visit the website http://bethedifference.cwdcouncil.org.uk
Last updated: Tuesday, 01 December 2009