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We catch up with nine social workers and readers of Sanctuary Social Work News magazine to find out the best advice they’ve ever been given and what they would recommend to others.

What is the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever been given?

“To have a work-life balance, as the job is stressful and we need to look after ourselves to look after others.” Linda, Chippenham

“You will never know everything in one area. The minute you think this, you are dangerous. Learn daily and stay humble.” Victoria, Bury 

“Appreciate and be proud of your profession. Apply with honour and a strong conviction. Demonstrate respect to all clients. Do not work on your own; share with the team. Read, review, comprehend and apply.” Francis, Middlesex

“That to be a social worker you need to be rhino, because they have a silky-smooth soul to allow them to love, a leather skin to protect their soul and a horn to cut through all the bulls**t. This was given to me by my law lecturer at Uni!” Jen, Middlesborough

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If you could recommend something that has informed or changed your practice, what would it be?

“Honestly speaking, my biggest tool in social work has been my links with social workers. I take a keen interest in what training they have attended, what past experiences they’ve had etc… I keep a mental note and always have a list of people I can go to. This works both ways though, so it means letting others know I am also available to support them.” Danielle, Birmingham

“Try to keep up-to-date with case law and legislation. I use CC Inform, the Sanctuary advice and information, and the SCIE website. I also encourage peer support.” Allan, Torquay 

“The annual Voice of the Child Conference - particularly for children’s social workers - refocuses the mind, presents up-to-date research and information and increases motivation to undertake what is a difficult job.” Julie, Birmingham

“The old ones are the best. Two books; Messages from Research and Beyond Blame (Reader, Duncan and Gray).” Linda, London

“Sexualised Behaviour training with Barnardo’s. The course helped me in my work with foster carers and young people in care.” Amanda, Selby 

“Community Care Live. You meet experts from other teams, and it’s good to hear different points of view.” Sibongile, Hackney 

“I find going to COMPASS job fairs very good. They allow you to see how other councils work and there are seminars on new research. I find this very helpful, even though I am not looking for a job!” Caroline, Banbury

To find out what our readers’ preferred models of social work practice are and why, turn to page 9 in Sanctuary Social Work News magazine

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