How did you become a social worker?
Following completion of an Undergraduate degree in Social Welfare in 2008, I spent 4 years working as a Senior Community Link Worker supporting adults with significant mental health issues. This provided me with the skills, experience and confidence to apply for the Social Work Masters course at Bristol University, which I graduated from in 2014.
Do you have any pets?
I have a very lively two-year old Labradoodle called Willow, who occasionally visits the office with me!
The nicest compliment given by a foster carer?
Given to the IRO during an annual review: “Estelle has proven herself as an excellent SSW… always feel valued… Estelle is not afraid to challenge my thinking, it may not always be what I want to hear, but it does make me think”.
What I like best about my job
The variety within the SSW role; not only do we support foster carers with current placements, we take new applicants through Form F assessments, facilitate training and support groups, and get involved in children’s groups and family events.