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Swansea project supporting social workers is UK first

A pilot project is taking place in Swansea to support the wellbeing of staff working with vulnerable young people and their families.

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Swansea Council's Child and Family Services is working with the British Association of Social Workers (BASW Cymru) on the project which could be extended to the Adult Services workforce as well.

It aims to strengthen support for social workers by promoting wellbeing, engagement and positive working conditions and is also hoped it will have a positive impact on the recruitment and retention of staff.

Swansea Council is the first local authority in the UK to be piloting BASW Cymru's Social Workers Working Conditions and Wellbeing Toolkit.

Allison Hulmes, National Director for Wales at BASW Cymru, said: "The invitation to introduce the Wellbeing Toolkit to senior management teams in Swansea, arose from a conversation with Swansea Council's Director of Social Services Dave Howes.

"Dave was interested in the concept of a Wellbeing Toolkit which was being developed from empirical, social work specific research and how the tool could enhance and support Swansea's own wellbeing strategy.

"The invitation is a testimony to the commitment of Swansea Council to the wellbeing and resilience of its workforce and its willingness to collaborate with the Association, is warmly welcomed."

Mr Howes said: "Never has it been more obvious than now, that if we are to deliver on our ambition to be the best that we can be for the children and families of Swansea, then we have to look after ourselves and one another. The child and family services well-being strategy is an absolutely crucial part of making sure we do just that.

"I am extremely grateful to Allison and colleagues from BASW Cymru for working with us and I have no doubt the project will prove to have positive and beneficial impact."

As part of this collaboration, Swansea Council and BASW Cymru will also be partnering with Nick Andrews from Wales School of Social Care Research who is leading on the  Welsh Government funded 'Developing Evidence Enriched Practice' programme across Wales, and Sian Jones - PhD student and BASW member, from Swansea University who is researching vicarious trauma in social workers.

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