If you’re independent like Nicole from AAF, then it’s reasonable to presume that you too were fed up of the bureaucracy of working in Local Authority Social Work departments.
Social Workers in the UK are overloaded, stressed and under immense pressure to juggle complex cases within multiple processes (LAC, CIN, CP) within Local Authorities. As a statutory practitioner Nicole was overwhelmed, tired and disgruntled at not being able to properly help the children and families she was responsible for working with.
Her experience of moving from state to independence has meant having time, as well as psychological and emotional space, to go the extra mile that families often need during tumultuous times of family proceedings, divorce or contact issues. She would not have the flexibility and time to do this if she were not independent. Nicole feels proud to know that there is a way to of giving families support in order to contribute to them not having to get to the stage of Children’s Services intervention.
How do other Social Worker’s find their experience of being independent to that of working for the state?
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