Children matters. Children's social work matters

Children’s social work matters

Children matter. Children’s social work matters.

It’s a simple statement, but one that every children’s social worker in Yorkshire and the Humber region wholeheartedly believes. It’s what unites us in children’s social work. And it’s why as the UK’s biggest region outside of London, we’ve come together in a unique way.

Under Children’s Social Work Matters, all of our 15 local authorities are working together as one big children’s social work team – listening to all of the challenges highlighted in the Professor David Thorpe Safeguarding Research and the areas identified for improvement by our own individual teams.

By sharing knowledge and experience in this collaborative way we can drive our standards of care higher and ensure children throughout Yorkshire and the Humber feel safe. That’s what Children’s Social Work Matters is about.

But none of this is possible without the dedication of highly trained children’s social workers. So we’ve made a Pledge that when you work in Yorkshire and the Humber, we will work harder to support you with the challenges of your role.

We know things in the world of children’s social work aren’t perfect and there’s still more work to be done. But we are committed to staying on this journey to give you the leadership and support you need, quality time with children, manageable caseloads and more efficient ways of working.

What leadership and support will you get?

It’s the job of a Children’s Social Worker to protect vulnerable children and support families who have lost their way. But to help you make a real difference for the children you work with, we recognise the importance of giving you the right level of support and leadership to do this complex job.

So that’s why in Yorkshire and the Humber we’re making a big commitment to improve the support and leadership you, our highly valued children’s social work team get. We’ve invited children’s social workers in our region to share their thoughts. We’re working with Managers and Directors to help put the right plans in place. And it’s the goal for the future of our region to create a place where highly skilled and passionate children’s social workers are supported with a great place to work – more so than anywhere else in the UK.