New films to help with social worker recruitment drive

We’ve launched a series of short videos on what it’s like to be a social worker in the city as part of our drive to recruit more staff.

In the six videos, some of our current social workers tell viewers how and why they began their careers supporting children and families, and the importance of their work.

You can hear from newly qualified social workers about how they have found their first year in their jobs as well as from staff who have been in their roles for many years.

Viewers can also hear about how our social workers are supporting Black and global majority children and families throughout the city.

The films are called:

  • Why social work? - Hear our social workers talk about why they became social workers and how rewarding being a social worker can be in Brighton & Hove.
  • Why Brighton & Hove? - Our social workers share why Brighton & Hove is a great place to live and work.
  • Relationship based practice – Hear more about Brighton & Hove’s model of relationship-based social work and how it makes a difference for families and practitioners.
  • Anti-racist practice - Brighton & Hove has made a commitment to anti-racist practice and recruited England’s first anti-racist lead practitioner. Hear more about the difference this is making to our social workers and their practice.
  • Assessed and Supported Year of Employment – Social workers talk about the support for ASYEs in Brighton & Hove and the challenges and joys of the ASYE.
  • Making a difference: Krystal’s story – Hear one of our kinship carers talk about the difference social workers make to families in Brighton & Hove.

Our social workers’ fantastic work highlighted

Councillor Hannah Allbrooke, chair of the council’s children, young people and skills committee, said: “These videos really highlight the fantastic work our social workers do every day to help and support young people and families.

“They also show the commitment and dedication social workers have to their roles and why social work is such an important and worthwhile career.”

Anyone can view the films

The videos are hosted on the council’s Youtube channel and although targeted at people thinking of a career in social work or current social workers, anyone can view the films.

Councillor Allbrooke added: “The council has a fantastic team of social workers, but we are always looking for more people to join us.

“We hope these short films give people are really good insight into working as a social worker in Brighton & Hove.”