The City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Members for Adults and Wellbeing, and Children and Young People, have spent time shadowing professionals to experience a day in the life of a social worker.

They joined staff on the frontline as part of a series of activities taking place in Wolverhampton to mark World Social Work Day this week – an opportunity to celebrate the work of social workers globally. 

It gave them the chance to observe and understand frontline social work practice and meet some of the city's dedicated social workers.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, Cabinet Member for Adults and Wellbeing, spent the day with Gill Astbury and the Forensic Learning Disability team, who work with adults with a learning disability or autism.

She spoke to the team as a group and also had individual conversations where the social workers were able to share life 'stories' and positive outcomes for the individuals they support.

She also had the opportunity to visit a supported living service for autistic adults, allowing individuals to have their own place and maintain their independence, while having their needs met in a tailored way.  

Councillor Jaspal said: "It has been a real honour to have the opportunity to spend time with one of our social work teams. 

"Our social workers always strive to make a positive impact on the lives of the adults with learning disabilities that they work with. The team face significant challenges in the work they do and it's not something that everyone could do. It is clear they work well as a team and know their specialist areas well.

"I had the opportunity to ask about collaborative working with other agencies such as the police, courts and doctors and the team were able to provide information on the strengths and challenges regarding this. I learnt about how the team manage risks and are creative with support options for the people they work with.

"This day gave me a real insight into the varied roles carried out by social workers in Wolverhampton, and it is clear to see they deliver excellent social work in practice, go above and beyond and want only the best for people."

Meanwhile Councillor Chris Burden, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, met with members of the Eastfield and Rocket Pool Child in Need and Child Protection Teams, participants of the Frontline programme offering a fast-track into social work, and the Court Team, who work with children who are within court proceedings.

Councillor Burden added: "Our social workers provide an incredible service to young people all across the city, and its vital that we support them however we can.

"Spending the day with our key workers, and seeing the difference they make and their dedication to the work is amazing. 

"It's one thing to sit in an office as a politician and make choices and decisions, but it is vital that we get out with them on the front lines to see the challenges they face."