World Social Work Day celebrated

Steve Reddy Childrens Director Social Services. Images by Gareth Jones

Liverpool celebrated World Social Work Day on Tuesday 20 March to mark the invaluable contribution they make to our communities.

 

Together they support older people, children and families and young care leavers, as well as providing or commissioning services for adults with a learning disability, physical disability, sensory impairment or mental health issues.

 

Social workers in our Targeted Services for Young People (part of Community Services) work with high risk and vulnerable young people who have committed a crime, are in custody or under a court order, as well as supporting those at risk of offending.

 

Thanks to their immense dedication and hard work, every year thousands of people in Liverpool are kept safe from harm, helped to get better, inspired to change, supported to turn their lives around or helped to live independently, for longer.

 

Staff attended a special event at the Devonshire House Hotel sharing stories of how social work makes a difference.

 

  • Pictured above is Director of Children’s Services, Steve Reddy, with social workers at Devonshire House

Social care in numbers

• We provide care and support to over 15,000 adults and 1,200 carers, in their own homes or in care homes every year

• At any one time, we are delivering increasingly complex services to over 8,500 people, over half of whom are aged over 70

• Almost 80% of over 65s in the city have one or more long term condition

• There are over 3,500 ‘children in need’ cases in Liverpool while 1,000 are ‘looked after’ by the council

• The number of children in care has gone up by 18% since 2010

• Careline, our 24/7 social care contact centre, handles around 241,000 contacts every year and takes over 24,000 referrals

• We have over 200 children’s social workers, 170 adults social workers and 60 social care assessors