Central Bedfordshire Children in Care Council members Credit: Central Bedfordshire Council

Personal experiences shared at social worker conference

Central Bedfordshire Children in Care Council (CiCC) members provided aspiring social workers with plenty of food for thought after addressing them at a conference.

The group of seven young people presented to the event organised by charity Frontline in Ware, Hertfordshire.

They also led exercises for the 120 participants to get them thinking more about the needs and wishes of looked-after children.

Sue Harrison, our Director of Children’s Services, said:

“Children in Care Council members play a vital role in the recruitment, induction training and evaluation of our children’s social work force.

“Having the theory and knowledge of children’s social work is one thing, but to truly be able to work with the young people you are helping, you need to be in tune with their wishes and needs.”

Social worker recruitment and training

The event organisers, Frontline, recruits and trains social workers across the UK before working with local authorities to get them placed in children’s services departments.

Jo Williams, who is in charge of delivering the Frontline programme, said:

“At Frontline, an important part of our students learning is to hear about the perspective of people who have had experiences of social work intervention in their lives and by virtue of this are ‘experts by experience’.

“Central Bedfordshire Children in Care Council has been supporting our teaching for the past four years and is always one of the highlights of the programme. This year, we invited them to come along and talk to students at the very start of their journey, as part of their induction. As ever, they were an inspiration and captivated the audience with their presentation and workshop.

“We look forward to continuing our relationship with the Children in Care Council and are excited about their plans for teaching at our Summer Institute in August.”