World Social Work Day | Interviewing a Social Worker
World Social Work Day
To mark World Social Work Day, Lorimer Fostering thought, what is the best way to find out what life is really like being a Social Worker?! So, we grabbed one of our long-standing Social Workers, two cups of tea, biscuits and interrogated her!
Louise Mason, Supervising Social Worker
Louise has been an employee at Lorimer Fostering since December 2005. She has been both an Assessing Social Worker and a Supervising Social Worker, which is her current role. Louise also assists in conducting our Skills to Foster course for potential new carers.
She is an extremely valued member of staff and is thought of very highly by both her colleagues and foster carers alike.
So what better person than Louise to sit and have a chat to about her role as a Social Worker. Here is what she had to say…..
What encouraged you to become a Social Worker?
I had always wanted to work with children from an early age. But I was unsure in what area until I started a degree in Applied Community Studies. This gave me an insight into the rewards and challenges that social workers face. I spent some time shadowing social workers from different fields and this confirmed that social work with children was an area I wanted to go into.
What do you enjoy about your role as a Social Worker?
I enjoy the fact that every day is different, you never quite know what challenges each day will bring. I also enjoy meeting different people and being privileged to be allowed into their lives. It is very rewarding to see children and young people come into placement with many issues such as non-school attendance, behavioural issues and criminal activity and see the difference that foster carers can make to their lives with the support and guidance they can offer them. I have observed young people leaving the care system as mature, independent individuals with a positive future.
How do you think your support helps foster carers?
I would like to think that I can listen to foster carers and offer them reassurance, support and guidance as and when it is needed. As an agency social worker, I have the capacity to offer foster carers time to talk through any issues they may be having, and sometimes just be there for them to offload. This enables them to work through the issues they are having with young people and have an independent view on issues.
Lorimer Fostering would like to thank Louise for her time and wish all Social Workers a very happy World Social Work Day!