Surrey’s newest social workers were celebrated at an event to mark their first year of practice, during which they have access to regular and focused support to develop their skills, knowledge, capabilities and professional confidence.
Bishnu, a newly qualified social worker, said: “We’ve seen a lot of progress here which makes it an exciting place to come and work. There have been innovations in practice and intervention, as well as the move to the Family Safeguarding model, which is absolutely great. These are some of the main factors that tempted me to work in Surrey.
“Surrey is a great place to do your social work training. We now have the Surrey Academy in place, which is really helpful. This means we have lots of instructor-led training, as well as online training, and training at all levels. So there are a variety of courses that make this a great place to develop your skills as an effective social worker.”
The Surrey Children’s Service Academy has been working in partnership to create bespoke learning programmes for social workers which ensures everyone is well supported and supervised by experienced Team Managers. By improving the experience of social workers in training the Academy is also working to ensure consistent and stable support for Surrey’s children and families by retaining their social workers. The Academy has been key to supporting these social workers and the Council’s drive to ensure that all children and families are receiving the right help at the right time.
Director for Children’s Services, Dave Hill said: “It really matters how you practice social work. These individuals applied to be social workers to make a difference to people, and in return we are doing everything we can to be thoughtful about how we support our social workers.”
Surrey County Council Children’s Services are on a journey of transformation aimed at putting children at the heart of everything they do. To achieve their vision, the Council is working to underpin their approach to social work by focusing on building positive and trusting relationships between social workers and their families. To allow these relationships to develop the Council has been reducing caseloads, and providing extra support for its newly qualified social workers through the Surrey Children’s Services Academy.
To find out more about how to become a social worker in surrey please visit: surreycc.gov.uk/becomeasocialworker