On World Social Work Day, Sarah from the Scottish Association of Social Work talks about her career path and current role.
“I’ve always had a strong sense of social justice and knew early on that I wanted a career in which I could help make a difference. Before becoming a social worker, I worked as a support worker for people with disabilities and with young homeless people. I was inspired by some of the people I supported and by social workers I met, and this led me to work for my qualification.
Since qualifying I’ve worked mainly with children and families and in a specialised project with women and children who have experienced domestic abuse.
I currently work for the Scottish Association of Social Work (SASW). I promote the profession and support our members. I’ve been working recently with Scottish Women’s Aid to deliver participative learning events, about fair and effective practice with survivors and perpetrators of domestic abuse. This is an area I feel very strongly about, and I believe social workers have a key role in supporting people to live lives free from abuse.
If I could change anything about the profession it would be that its profile is raised. I would like there to be increased recognition of the positive work we do, and the need for adequate funding and improved working conditions to allow this work to continue.
If I could give any advice to the next generation of social workers it would be to remember that, in times of competing demands and cuts to services, your strongest resource is you and your capacity to build relationships. And remember your professional association offers a collective voice to speak up for human rights and social justice in the UK and beyond and connects you to a professional identity that goes beyond your individual workplace.”
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