How did you become a social worker?
I volunteered for two months at a holiday camp for children from a very poor, deprived part of London – Islington! It was 1977. After one week living in tents in a field on the south coast, in an environment where they had one-to-one attention, felt safe and had fun, the children climbed back into the minibus looking healthier and happier. I learnt then it was possible to make a difference and, however small that difference, it counted.
Seven years later I qualified as a social worker, and I have never regretted my career choice.
What qualifications did you achieve to become a social worker?
A CQSW (the social work qualification at the time), MSc in Management.
What words of advice would you give to anyone considering becoming a foster carer?
You prepare and train beforehand, but you learn on the job. Nobody can do it till they start. Your journey can only begin once you make that first enquiry. Go for it – find out more!
What do I like best about my job?
Working together with a skilled staff team that is totally committed to supporting foster carers in their very demanding role of looking after children separated from their birth families for whatever reason.