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Leicester has a ‘grow our own’ policy, which means the student social worker placement provision to help ASYEs develop their skills, knowledge and capability, and strengthen their confidence is outstanding.
During my first year at Leicester my caseloads were protected, and I received regular and focused support. I have learnt an unbelievable amount and feel extremely lucky that I have been able to learn from the most experienced workers within my team, which has allowed me to develop my practice and become the best social worker I can be.
Part of my role, as an ASYE in the Children In Need Service involves managing a caseload of various levels of complexity and making sure they are dealt with effectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and their families. I liaise with local partners, prepare court papers and attend hearings, giving evidence where appropriate.
My line manager encourages me to achieve a healthy work-life balance. I like to unwind after a difficult day’s work by going horse riding across the local countryside. At the weekends I enjoy shopping at the Highcross Shopping Centre and there are lots of places to eat out and enjoy the city’s cosmopolitan nightlife.
House prices in and around Leicester are lower than many other regions of the country. I have been lucky enough to buy an attractive two bedroom apartment close to the King Power Stadium.
Leicester is a vibrant and multi-cultural city - I intend on being here as long as possible.
Social worker, Children in Need
In line with the Leicester City Council organisational vision, I have consistently been supported with creativity and drive throughout my 20 year career.
My career started in the housing department taking emergency calls and working within the standards team in a clerical role. Although I was offered training to become a technical inspector, I wanted to work directly with people and was subsequently supported to make the transition to social care. This gave me the opportunity to work with and learn from the diverse communities that make Leicester unique and vibrant.
The opportunities to work and study through Leicester have been varied and inspirational. I feel privileged to have received sponsorship for several academic qualifications including Diploma in Social Work and post qualifying awards in Community Cohesion Management, Specialist award in Child Care as well as Practice Educator Certificates.
Throughout, I have received cascading support right from senior managers to colleagues. This has inspired trust and confidence and has enabled me to provide high quality of services to support vulnerable children, young people, adults and families within our city.
In my present role of workforce development officer and practice educator, one of my responsibilities is to co-ordinator the programme for Newly Qualified Social Workers. This is an innovative and exciting role which contributes to the Leicester’s ‘grown your own’ ongoing workforce strategy towards creating a confident and cohesive workforce. I look forward to sharing my knowledge, skills and experience with the future generation of workforce.
I want to inspire them and maximise their potential to serve the citizens of Leicester.
ASYE Co-ordinator, Workforce Development