Social Work … matters
11/06/2014Supporting social work staff, promoting the profession and celebrating success through learning were the key themes at the recent Social Work Matters event in the Southern Trust.
Paul Morgan, Executive Director of Social Work at the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, says that social work plays a central role in care planning in our hospitals, day care centres, with older persons, in mental health and disability, and with children and adolescent services.
“Social workers play an important role in advocating on behalf of, and supporting people, of all ages and needs to reach their potential.
“It’s reassuring when a long-stay hospital patient, now in supported accommodation in the community, says that resettlement is the best thing that has happened in their life. It’s positive when a mental health patient has their privacy, dignity, independence, choice and control promoted and protected. This is how social work has brought about positive change in people’s lives.”
Sean Holland, Chief Social Services Officer at the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, adds: “Social work can make a real difference in people’s lives, enabling them to take control and working to protect them. The event was a fantastic celebration of that work in the Southern Trust.”
Francesca Leyden, Marita Magennis and Maureen Devlin with Chief Executive Mairead McAlinden, Executive Director of Social Work Paul Morgan, Southern Trust Chair Roberta Brownlee, speakers and guests at the Craigavon Civic Centre event.