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Supervising Social Worker Blog

Supervising Social Worker Blog

My journey at Sunbeam has been a remarkable one, starting as a student, progressing to a trainee, and now serving as a Supervising Social Worker (SSW). Each phase has been filled with learning, growth, and invaluable experiences.

As a student:

My first day at Sunbeam as a student was both exciting and overwhelming. I remember my Practice Educator taking me around the office, introducing me to every team member. We stopped at each desk, and everyone greeted me warmly, sharing their names and roles. Although I couldn’t remember all their names, what left a lasting impression was the friendly and inclusive atmosphere. I felt welcomed and supported right from the start, which was crucial for a newcomer trying to find their footing.

During my time as a student, I was given the opportunity to observe and learn from experienced professionals. I attended various training sessions and workshops, which provided a solid foundation in social work practices. The team’s willingness to share their knowledge and experiences helped me gain a deeper understanding of the field.

As a Trainee:

Transitioning from a student to a trainee was a significant step. I started taking on more responsibilities and began to apply the theories and techniques I had learned. My Practice Educator becomes my Supervisor at Sunbeam and continued to be incredibly supportive, offering guidance and feedback that was instrumental in my development.

Each day brought new challenges and learning opportunities. I remember the first time I successfully managed a complex case; the sense of accomplishment was immense. The experience reinforced my decision to pursue a career in social work.

As a Supervising Social Worker:

Now, as a Supervising Social Worker, my role has expanded significantly. I am responsible for overseeing the welfare of foster carers and the children in their care, ensuring that they receive the support and resources they need. My day typically starts with reviewing cases and planning visits. I spend a significant amount of time in the field, conducting home visits, and meeting with foster carers to discuss their progress and any challenges they may be facing.

One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is seeing the positive impact of our work on the lives of children and their foster families. Whether it’s a child thriving in a new environment or a foster carer feeling more confident and supported, these moments remind me of why I chose this profession.

Reflecting on my journey, I am grateful for the opportunities and experiences that have shaped my career. Sunbeam has not only been a workplace but a place of growth and belonging.

Favourite Fostering Moments

One of my favorite moments in my journey as a Supervising Social Worker was witnessing a remarkable transformation in a foster child, A. When A first arrived at the foster carers’ (FC) home, he was resistant and reluctant to stay. He struggled with trusting the FC and often disregarded the house rules, making it clear that he didn’t want to be there.

The breakthrough moment came when A started to trust the FC and began following the house rules. More than just adherence to rules, it signified a deeper level of respect and connection. The true highlight was when A expressed his desire to stay with the FC long-term, a complete turnaround from his initial reluctance.

This moment stands out as a favourite because it represents a significant milestone in A’s journey. It was a testament to the transformative power of love, patience, and a supportive environment. The foster carers’ dedication and commitment not only changed A’s attitude but also his outlook on his future.

Reflecting on my journey, I am grateful for the opportunities and experiences that have shaped my career. Sunbeam has not only been a workplace but a place of growth and belonging. If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, please call us on 02087990930 or visit our website www.sunbeamfostering.com.

Written By- Mehwish Jahan (Supervising Social Worker)