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Zahraa Adam, Overall Social Worker of the Year 2014, delivered a heart-warming poignant poem about the true impact of social work at the 2015 Social Work Awards ceremony. 


With over 370 social work professionals and high profile government officials in attendance, Zahraa, who works as a social worker in a Children in Care Specialist Team at Essex County Council, took to the stage to deliver her poem. 



To read more about what continues to inspire Zahraa, we interview her in the January-March 2016 edition of Sanctuary Social Work News

Poem


Fear Not My Dear

Sewn sealed up but tearing at the seams
Her mouth is shut but I hear her screams
Her eyes have dried
From all the tears she’s cried
Conditioned to stare blank
Her emotions remain frank
She’s put up the walls and boulders
So when she shrugs her shoulders
She leaves herself prone
So they leave her alone
All the feelings she has stored
From always being ignored

But now something is happening
Something to her quite baffling
Someone is asking 'her' how she’s doing
What’s her wishes and how’s she’s feeling
Now this sudden change
Has got her feeling strange
She’s completely bemused
And quite suddenly confused
For all her life she was unheard
Now someone wants to hear her word

So fear not my dear
Let me hold that tear
I am here now, we are here now
And here is my vow;
We are, I am a social worker
But I am a fighter, so call me your saviour
I will hold you up until you can stand
I will shout for you until you can command
I will write for you until you can scribe
I will protect your story until you yourself can describe

So fear not my dear
Let me hold that tear
I am here now, we are here now
And here is my vow;

So call on us 
When there is no one else you can trust
To help the poor
The hurting that need a cure
The thirsty, the hungry
The frustrated and angry
The abused, the confused, the misused
The beaten, the broken the bruised

So fear not my dear
Let me hold that tear
I am here now, we are here now
And here is my vow;

When they need help to survive
Call on us to save their lives
Too fast to condemn us
But we are the only ones you trust
I stand here on my own
But do not be fooled, I am not alone
Look at my army
So many stand behind me
My fellow practitioners
And service commissioners
From students to newly qualified
Managers and service managers stand by my side
Our army is filled with variety
Support workers and personal advisors stand behind me

So fear not my dear
Let me hold that tear
I am here now, we are here now
And here is my vow;

We are a mechanism for positive change, person advocating, injustice fighting, therapy supplying, family saving, systems creating, information collecting, assessment doing, care planning, rights protecting, human defending, people developing, rights empowering, life enhancing, ethics lending, crisis intervening, supporter, helper, listener, concern, empathy, integrity, care, trust, honesty, warmth. 
This is social work, this is us.

By Zahraa Adam

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