Alison is a dedicated Social Worker at the Trust who joined the team in 2017 as a permanent member of the ACPS South team.
Initially drawn to the Trust due to its locality and supportive way of working, Alison was thrilled when she gained permanent employment.
“From the beginning of my journey into social work I was always determined to work for the Trust and support and safeguard the children in my own area. The day I received the telephone call to offer me a position was like a dream and it has not disappointed”
After working with the Trust for the past 3 years, Alison describes working within her area as a home away from home, with colleagues being extremely welcoming, creating friendships that extend further than being mere work colleagues. Stating that colleagues are friendly and helpful, and the team dynamics reveal themselves in times of need.
“I look forward to going into work every day and seeing my “second family”. My colleagues and team are supportive and the ‘banter’ is always flowing and this can turn a bad day into a good day. There is always someone to talk to and have peer supervision if needed and this is something I value.”
The Trust have created a culture where morale is high, caseloads are manageable and staff feel supported. This is evidently shown through the experienced and committed workers and managers at the Trust who are ‘passionate to empower families’ and are eager to ‘make positive changes.’
“The Trust has a dynamic way of working and senior management are always open to suggestions for better ways of working and enabling me to have a good work life balance.”
Alison reports that she has experienced caring and compassionate leadership whilst with the Trust. This supportive streak is something that extends wider than just the one team, and is a running theme throughout the organisation with professional development being a key focus as a promise to social workers at the Trust.
Feeling she has been offered opportunity to thrive, Alison states she has noticed personal development through your career is a quality that is encouraged at all levels.
“The management team are always available for support and advice whether this is a work or personal issue and supervision is regular and welcome given some of the complex issues we face.
“The Executive Management Team are motivated in ensuring that social workers and other professionals have the opportunity to progress their development. The training that is offered is a high standard and this provides us with the skills to support children and families.”