The City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People got to experience first hand the role of social workers when she shadowed them for the day.

Councillor Beverley Momenabadi joined staff at Graiseley Strengthening Families Hub, where she observed a Child in Need meeting between social workers, partner agencies and family members.

She also met members of the award winning Power2 Team, which supports young people at risk of exploitation or going into care and which recently scooped a prestigious MJ Achievement Award.

And she also sat in on a reflective session with Advanced Practitioners and some of the council's Newly Qualified Social Workers. 

Councillor Momenabadi said: "What a privilege it was to spend a day on the frontline with our social work teams. I was blown away by the level of support, diligence and love that goes into ensuring children and families are cared for and protected in our city.

“Our social work teams do an incredible job all year round and spending a day with them on the ground helped me to appreciate the incredible work that they do. Their dedication to ensuring that children and young people in our city get the best start in life was really apparent.”

Sam Cartwright, a social worker with the Disabled Children and Young People’s Team, said: "It was an excellent experience to have Councillor Momenabadi with me for a Child in Need meeting. 

"It allowed her to see the real workings of social work on the frontline. During the process, she became an active participant in the meeting and her advice and guidance was much welcomed. 

"It paved the way forwards for future relationships between social care and those who represent us publicly, and I look forwards to having more opportunities to work with her."

For more information about social work jobs available with the City of Wolverhampton Council, please visit A Career in Social Work