Social work can be like a slow boat, slowly chugging along the river, all big and bulky with lots of people trying to make the boat get to where it is meant to be going. Every now and again it is felt that this is all wrong and rather than change the boat and the purpose of the vessel to save money their seems, instead to be a more ruthless practise of either asking people to jump or more unceremoniously pushed.
Like many professions change is inevitable and often good, after all social work practise has had to change and helpfully in line with the Jubilee, Community Care show the past 60 years of social work here.
Similarly when change happens some skills are lost along with knowledge, and for many professions the idea that knowledge is held within social work is a new concept. With a degree and masters degree and more social workers being able to undertake research into neglect, abuse, domestic violence, family placements and like me Age Assessments and many other social issues, this knowledge base is growing bigger.
So with change comes a lot of positivity, and a wake up call for all social workers and social work managers that our learning never stops. In order to support families a better understanding of culture and modern culture is needed. Social Workers need to be able to respond to crisis with an up to date understanding of family life and how social media affects and impacts on social relationships and abuse.
I am excited about social work and how I can be involved in shaping the future of it. Although this is slowly within my work place, each day I challenge some of those older views. Each day I learn something new that makes me read more, not that this will help me understand but it will allow me to be better prepared.
I will not see the manager that gave me my first social work job again, but I will not forget the gift I was given with my first job. I will not forget the lesson that even with many years of social work that change is not needed so rather than me being changed I will continue to adapt my practise to fit Social Work, because the change I want to make is for the young people to achieve the outcomes they want.
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