Today is World Social Work Day and Milton Keynes Council is paying tribute to its teams of social workers and encouraging others to find out more about a career in social care.
Throughout the pandemic, MK’s social workers have continued to work with the most vulnerable children, adults and families, often in partnership with NHS health professionals and other local agencies. In the past year, more than 2,200 children and young people and 850 adults have received help from Milton Keynes Council’s 200-strong children and adult specialist social work care teams.
Some residents have extremely complex needs and social workers make sure they are receiving the right support for those needs. The teams create detailed assessments and develops tailored care plans as well as providing advice and guidance to individuals, families, parents and carers. 189 children have been safeguarded through Child Protection Plans.
The adult social care team also helps MK people who are leaving hospital but need extra help, potentially permanently, potentially just for a shorter period, to settle back into their home with the right help and equipment to stay independent. More than 1,800 local people have been helped this way over the pandemic.
MK Council has recently re-launched its website for anyone interested in pursuing or developing a career in social care. There is information around support, training and career opportunities plus videos from colleagues who share their own experiences. To learn more, please visit: https://www.mkcounciljobs.org.uk/
Councillor Zoe Nolan, Cabinet Member for Children and Families said: “Today we want to recognise our social workers who do an incredible and often difficult job. I’m so proud of my colleagues who have been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic to ensure that vulnerable people of all ages are supported in Milton Keynes.”
“Social work provides opportunities to work with adults, children and families and we know the positive impact they can have. Our social workers in Children’s Services were described as committed and caring in a recent Ofsted review. If you share our passion for social care and are looking for a rewarding career, we’d love to hear from you.”
The theme of this year's World Social Work Day is Ubuntu: I am because we are. This means that all people and environments are interconnected and interdependent.