Devon County Council is extremely proud to be a sponsor of Social Worker of the Year again this year and demonstrate our ongoing commitment to supporting all those working in social care.
This year more than ever people have seen the incredible work happening every day by social workers and indeed all those working across adults and children’s social care. The dedication and the commitment given and the difference that social care makes to the lives of so many children, adults and families has been in the spotlight like never before showcasing the human value of the wonderful things our superheroes have been doing in such testing circumstance.
Social care staff across the country and across our county have had to work in very different ways in very testing conditions. They have embraced new ways of working, exploring and using technology like never before, existing partnerships have grown and new ones have developed. And whilst in the middle of a pandemic, always thinking about what is being learned and what can be embedded into work beyond the present. All these things whilst their own lives have been disrupted like never before.
Mental health and wellbeing is central to all our lives, and the importance of that has been magnified this year. We hope that Devon’s contribution and support of the Thank You Social Workers event provides an opportunity for everyone working in social care to reflect on how much has been achieved, but to also talk about just how hard it has been, how hard people have worked and also remember those that we have lost.