Welcome video by Sean Holland
The Northern Ireland social work and social care page on the Social Care Institute for Excellence’s website offers a new digital home for the Northern Ireland social work and social care community to share, celebrate and promote local good practice and to find out about what is happening in other parts of our social work and social care eco system.
Please do take the time to look at the page and think about how you or your team or service could contribute to it. You could share your good practice examples, perhaps write blogs, contribute news items about your work, or work with the Office of Social Services to develop features about any improvements or innovations you are making in local social work or social care services. There is some very innovative work taking place across social work and social care in Northern Ireland and there is a real and exciting opportunity for us to feature that on the webpage, and to involve people using local social work and social care services in co-producing some content. I really hope that some of you will take the opportunity to do that.
No one in social work or social care has all the answers, but we all have something to shout about, and an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people who use our services by sharing and promoting good practice. As a social work community we are stronger, better informed and better equipped to help and support others when we learn from each other and from service users about what we do well. It’s really important that each of us is an activist for social work and social care services. There is no better place to start than by getting involved and contributing.
Sean Holland is the Chief Social Worker for Northern Ireland at the Department of Health and Social Services