Top Social Workers Meet To Promote Social Work Strategy

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The most Senior Social Workers from across Northern Ireland have come together in a round of ‘Meet the Director’ events.

Executive Directors of Social Work from all Health and Social Care Trusts will be meeting with social care staff throughout Northern Ireland in the coming weeks to help promote and release the new 10 year Regional Social Work Strategy – Improving and Safeguarding Social Wellbeing.

[caption id="attachment_59355" align="alignleft" width="390"]From left, Arlene Garland (Project Manager, Social Work Strategy), Roslyn Dougherty (Asst. Director SW, Learning Development & Research, South Eastern HSC Trust), Brendan Whittle (Director of Children’s Services & Executive Director of SW, South Eastern HSC Trust), Noelle Barton (Programme Manager, Social Work Strategy), Marie Roulston (Executive Director of Social Work, Northern HSC Trust) & Bria Mongan (Director of Adult Services, South Eastern HSC Trust). From left, Arlene Garland (Project Manager, Social Work Strategy), Roslyn Dougherty (Asst. Director SW, Learning Development & Research, South Eastern HSC Trust), Brendan Whittle (Director of Children’s Services & Executive Director of SW, South Eastern HSC Trust), Noelle Barton (Programme Manager, Social Work Strategy), Marie Roulston (Executive Director of Social Work, Northern HSC Trust) & Bria Mongan (Director of Adult Services, South Eastern HSC Trust).[/caption]

The South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust recently hosted one of the events at the Ulster Hospital. Brendan Whittle, Executive Director of Social Work said: “In the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust area our social work staff work day and daily with people to help improve lives. They work with people of all ages individually, as families and throughout communities. This includes protecting vulnerable people from harm or abuse, supporting people to live independently and acting as advocates. They do this because they know social work works! “My Executive colleagues and I are keen to hear first-hand from Social Workers about the issues that affect them so that we can ensure the best outcomes for all as we work together to make lives better.” Noelle Barton, Programme Manager for the Social Work Strategy said: “The “Meet the Director” events provides a great opportunity for front-line staff to discuss and debate issues affecting Social Work practice and to explore together how ‘Improving and Safeguarding Social Wellbeing, a ten year Strategy for Social Work in NI’, can bring about the changes needed to support the delivery of more flexible and responsive social work services”.

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