Social workers have been the “forgotten frontline” during the Covid-19 crisis, says Alex on World Social Work Day

Today (16 March) on World Social Work Day, Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham, has hailed social workers across Stockton North as one of the “forgotten frontlines” throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

Alex, the former Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Work, praised the hard work, selflessness and bravery of social workers who have supported some of the most vulnerable people and families across the Stockton North area.

Alex said:

“Many people will have needed additional or new support over the course of this pandemic, which has only put added pressure on social workers. Whilst much of the focus has been on health and care workers, social workers have been a forgotten frontline who have done everything they can to keep people who need extra support safe and well.

“As a former Chair of the APPG on Social Work, I know how dedicated our social workers are. I’m proud to support them – and champion everything social workers do in my area and the around the UK, this World Social Work Day.”

The British Association of Social Workers (BASW), which represents over 21,000 social workers across the UK, has been supporting social workers throughout the pandemic, including campaigning for access to testing and safe access to health and social care settings. BASW is also hosting a series of online events and activities to celebrate World Social Work Month, which can be found here.

MPs will be holding a backbench business debate on the value and importance of social work on Thursday 18 March.