Celebrating our staff on World Social Work Day

By on 21/03/2017 in Cllr Hamilton, Cllr Jones, News

Cabinet members Brigid Jones and Paulette Hamilton salute Birmingham City Council’s social workers on a very special day.

On World Social Work Day we need to recognise the really important role that social workers can play in the lives of some families.

They do an amazing job, most of it away from the public gaze. They change people’s lives for the better and speak for people who don’t have a voice.

Here in Birmingham we have some fantastic social workers, doing great work, and we applaud them.

Our social work happens in family front rooms and classrooms, and in hubs and offices. The families we work with are our partners. We all want the same thing – for vulnerable children and adults to be loved and safe, thriving and doing well.

World Social Work Day is an opportunity to reflect on why we do social work. Promoting dignity and social justice for people is a sound goal and a solid message for the year ahead.

So keep it up and thanks for all your hard work – the families that depend on you are so grateful because you change their lives for the better.


Joint Statement from Fiona Mould (Principal Social Worker Adults) and Tony Stanley (Chief Social Work Officer)

Today is World Social Work day, and we are joining together to highlight and celebrate the fantastic work that social workers deliver every day in Birmingham. The International Federation of Social Work (IFSW) celebrates and promotes our profession and today we join with them.

The principles that unite social workers across Adult’s and Children’s services, and across the globe, are upholding and promoting human rights and working to deliver social justice. The theme for World Social Work day this year is promoting community and environmental sustainability, recognising the need for people take to responsibility for each other and the environment and the importance of creating relationships within communities.

The job of a social worker is not easy, but we are proud of the difference that social workers make every day across the city – and the globe.  So join us today as we celebrate our achievements, share best practice and support each other in our work. Be accountable to your profession. Be accountable to the people you serve. They deserve our very best. On world social work day speak up for our profession, and ask yourself what do you need to work with some of the most disadvantaged citizens in Birmingham, supporting children, families and adults.  Be proud of your profession; be loud in what you want social work to achieve. Today and going forward – be professionally accountable. Be professionally proud.


  • Follow #WSWD on Twitter for for more social work stories
  • Find out about becoming a social worker in Birmingham here
  • Visit the International Federation of Social Workers ifsw.org.

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