World Social Work Day
08/04/2014To mark World Social Work Day, staff members at the Southern Health and Social Care Trust have been showcasing excellent examples of a range of social work services in the area.
The Young People’s Partnership in Portadown hosted a visit by the Trust’s Chief Executive Mairead McAlinden and Executive Director of Social Work Paul Morgan. They met young people and staff at the project and found out about the exciting work in film making, art and outreach support that is on offer to young people facing difficulties in their lives.
Launching the first issue of Social Work Matters newsletter at the Partnership office, Chief Executive Mairead McAlinden said: “Projects like the Young People’s Partnership, with its skilled team of social workers working in partnership with young people, their families, other agencies and the local community, are making a real difference to the opportunities and outcomes of our young people. The work of social workers often goes unrecognised, but they play an important role in supporting people of all ages and needs to reach their potential.”
The Trust has set up a Steering Group to take forward the recommendations in the new Regional 10 year Social Work Strategy.
Paul Morgan, Executive Director of Social Work and Director of Children and Young People’s Services at the Trust adds: “The social work strategy focuses on family support and early intervention, especially in protecting children and vulnerable adults. It also sets out a strategy for change to strengthen the support for social workers in the frontline and to improve social work services. We are committed to improving social work services for our users and their carers.”
To view a short film about Bryan Gormley, Team Manager of the Young People’s Partnership, visit www.southerntrust.hscni.net/YPP
The Young People’s Partnership in Portadown was the venue for the launch of the Southern Trust’s Social Work Matters newsletter which showcases the learning and achievements in social work