Welcome to the virtual Thank You Social Workers event 2020, from all at Essex County Council (ECC). As a regular sponsor of the awards we are delighted to be a part of this amazing event.
This year continues to present numerous challenges, not only for so many of our most vulnerable children, families and adults, but also to many from diverse backgrounds across the country, and indeed the World. Covid and world events has re-ignited our passion to fight injustice and touched our lives in ways which will have a lasting impact. The year 2020 will no doubt be etched in our mind and memories for a long time into the future.
It has also been a year filled with a great deal of sadness following the tragic and untimely loss of one of our own: the highly regarded former President of ADCS, previous DCS of Essex County Council and Surrey County Council, Dave Hill CBE. Dave was a long-time supporter of the Social Work Awards, an influential voice and champion of social work. He will be sorely missed but also remembered by so many of us.
In Essex, we remain committed and continue to be “Serious About Social Work”. We believe our staff are our most valuable resource and this year we were delighted to be asked to focus our sponsorship on Students and NQSWs. We are more than proud to be able to acknowledge the huge contribution they have all made and continue to make to the profession during the toughest of times. Well done to all of you.
It is vital we regularly take time to pause, reflect, nourish ourselves and recognise the valuable role we play in today’s society. So, let’s join together this year in celebrating our amazing profession and phenomenal Social Work Community!