I really enjoyed my Health And Social Care course, it was nice that they had experience in the field, and were able to tell us about real case studies.
Hello my name is Abbie Osborne, I studied a BTEC in Health and Social Care and a BA (Hons) in Social Work at South Essex College and this my story.
I really enjoyed my Health And Social Care course, it was nice that they had experience in the field, and were able to tell us about real case studies. The course consisted of lessons and a certain amount of hours out in the field in different settings which was really beneficial.
When I left the College I went into full-time employment. I always knew that I wanted to be a qualified social worker and do a social work degree. Because of my age I thought I should be a bit older and wiser before I started my journey. I went into social work because I suffered a trauma in my childhood that resulted in me having to give evidence in court. The volunteer that helped me, my sister and my family was actually a student social worker, so I knew from a young age that’s what I wanted to do because she supported us immensely and made the process so easy.
I’m a social worker on the Children With Disabilities team at Southend Borough Council. We support children from birth to age 18 who have a vast range of physical disabilities and learning impairments such as autism and Asperger’s. We support them in all walks of life especially in their transition from 14-18 which can be particularly hard time for children with additional needs.
I love working on the team because you get such a varied amount of work. We do child protection and court work but we also get to do supporting roles where you can really see how we can support and benefit a family.
I was nominated by my service manager to be newly-qualified social worker of the year. I had to go to London to a fancy hotel with a fancy dinner, it was quite posh for me but it was lovely. I was really pleased to be the runner-up because it is lovely to be acknowledged for all the hard work that you put in right from your degree to the newly-qualified year after. It feels like a long slog but it was brilliant.
The voluntary work was what I really benefitted from when I was younger. During my Health and Social Care course you had to do three different placements; I did one in a school and two in adult settings. That really informed me of where I wanted to be in social work. There were lots of people on my degree course that didn’t really know what form of social work they wanted to do and where they would fit in and voluntary work definitely helps when you make that decision.
I would encourage anyone who was thinking of going into social work It is hard work but so, so rewarding.