Social Workers : Nobody Wants To Be A Leader ?

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Very interesting article on social workers ... when viewed from OUR prospective as carers ... from the Guardian ( Picked up from Carers Radio of all places ! ) :

Frontline social workers reluctant to move into management, leader warns.

The profession is losing too many staff early in their career, says British Association of Social Workers chief executive.



At first glance , nothing of interest for us ?

Wrong , a few highlighted snippets for your perusal :

The newly published CQC State of Care report and this summer’s State of Adult Care report both identified that strong leadership is central to good services.

Good leaders, said Sutcliffe, “are outward looking, they are not narrowly focused on the job or their organisation and they are looking for what is best practice”. She added: “Good leaders we see also exemplify humanity and the focus on the people who are using their services, and they never lose sight of that. They share that vision with all of their team and empower and enable their team.”

Good leaders, she said, value their staff and recognise the difficulties workers in social care are facing at the moment. Leadership in social care can come from every level and is not just the preserve of directors, said Chandler; the key was finding those individuals with leadership potential and nurturing them.

Harvey agreed: “We need to value that idea that leaders are those non-qualified staff, right through to directors, and they all bring something slightly different.”

The panellists debated whether directors of adult social services should come from a social work background.

“I would not be that hardline about it,” said Allen, but she said it was important to discuss the importance of bringing social work skill and capability into leadership roles.

Harvey added: “We have given up too much ground; there are senior management teams who do not have the value base to deliver the right things.”



In essence , those leading a social worker team need to have leadership skills first ... and actual field experience as a secondary consideration ?

A pattern we have seen right across the social care network ... including our own supporting organisations ... leaders with no field experience guiding the actual field workers as to what they can and cannot do.

That , in itself , would explain many things we have seen , and experienced , over the past decade or more.


Harvey agreed: “We need to value that idea that leaders are those non-qualified staff, right through to directors, and they all bring something slightly different.”

The panellists debated whether directors of adult social services should come from a social work background.


Image if most of the " Leaders " of our caree supporting organisations had no field experience or were suffering / had suffered from the same disability ... how would they possibily understand their members concerns ... if not relying on third hand information ?

It is the Leaders who make the decisions that affect us all , NOT the " Experts " advising them.

It does leave a lot of questions ... and not only for social workers may of us meet on an infrequent basis.

For me , field experience FIRST ... leadership skills to be developed as a secondary consideration.

RNIB ... supporting organisation for the blind ... how does a decision maker inside that organisation get a real feel for a problem if not blind him / herself ... and then need to argue with a Committee in the House without first hand experience ?

To successfully argue and understand an Issue , one must have first hand experience first ... ???

Failing that , does one then read off a prepared script , spoken in a monotone without any real feeling for the subject matter ???

Witness the performance of MOST mps in the House ... a certain member from Bolsover excepted ?

In business , the successfull ones are managed by managers who know the business inside out , often with managers who first started by making the office tea.

In social care , the opposite may be true ... from the outside in ?
A good start for qualified social workers would be to actually arrive at arranged meetings!! The very least would be to send an apology if they are unable to attend. Leaving relatives, other agencies etc waiting around is appalling.
I am completely, utterly, totally fed up with this current breed of social workers who couldn't organise a party in a brewery, seem to learn only how to make excuses, insult the intelligence of carers and fail to respond to serious allegations of financial abuse. Tomorrow I am going to make a formal complaint about a care agency manager, of a service appointed by my LA to care for my son, who lied, lied, and lied again.