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Social workers across Rhondda Cynon Taf are today marking World Social Work Day (Tuesday, March 16), a day when social workers worldwide stand together to celebrate the achievements of the profession as well as raising awareness of the contributions social workers make in their communities.

During the past 12 months due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, social workers, along with the colleagues across the social care sector, across Rhondda Cynon Taf have worked under exceptional circumstances.

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Councillor Geraint Hopkins, RCT Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services and the Welsh Language, said: “Today marks World Social Work Day, which provides us with an opportunity to recognise the phenomenal work that they have carried out, especially over the past 12 months throughout the pandemic.

“I would like to give my thanks to all of the Council’s social care workforce and our commissioned providers for their dedication, commitment and work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”


Annabel Lloyd, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, Director of Children’s Services, said: “The pandemic has seen social work at its best as colleagues have helped people in more creative ways. It has been tough, tougher than anyone could ever imagine, but our social work values, knowledge and skills have given us the grounding to see it through and provide great services to the public.”

The Council’s social care workforce provide a vital service to so many people. Social workers find their jobs very rewarding and on World Social Work Day, we are sharing their views and experiences as they continue to work in Adult and Children’s Services throughout these unprecedented times.


Janet Owen, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, Senior Practitioner, Complex Learning Disability Team (Adult Services), said: “It has been a challenging and demanding time to be working as a social worker in our County Borough during the last 12 months, but this has been made so much easier by to the dedication and resilience of my social work colleagues.

“I think we have all done an amazing job, continuing to work in the most difficult of times. Social work is the art of listening and the social care workforce in Rhondda Cynon Taf has listened and helped to instilled hope in the people we work with.”

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s social care staff, along with its commissioned providers, continue to provide vital services to those people who need them the most.


Councillor Christina Leyshon, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, added: “Social workers across our Children’s Services department have worked to support families and children throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, often in very difficult circumstances.

“Today provides us with an opportunity to pay tribute to our social workers and highlight the differences they continue to make to individuals and families across our County Borough.”


Verena Terry, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, Social Worker (Children’s Services), said: “Some days are harder than others, but they are worth it when you witness the changes that families make and they can acknowledge how far they have come. It is also nice to observe them acknowledging their own achievements.”

A career in social care is rewarding, stimulating, varied and very satisfying. We need more people to work within the care sector in Rhondda Cynon Taf, with plenty of job opportunities now available.


Tracey Davies, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, Social Worker, Hospital Discharge Team (Adult Services), said: “Our entire team has experienced highs and lows throughout this global pandemic, but I feel that being a social worker within the Council’s hospital discharge team is one of life’s privileges.

“The pace, complexity and challenges of the role is not for the faint hearted, especially during the pandemic. Throughout this, myself and our team have continued to work within the hospital wards to ensure the individual`s voice is heard, and that the safety and quality of discharge remains to a high standard as expected.

There is an increasing need for social care staff across a wide range of roles for those who have a variety of experience and qualifications, especially qualified social workers.


Gwendolin Ngum, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, Social Worker (Children’s Services), said: “I find my job so rewarding and satisfying seeing positive changes and outcomes in the lives of the families we support due to our intervention and the work we do with these families.”

Currently one in 17 adults in Wales works in social care or early years and childcare, but as people live longer, projections indicate that around 20,000 more employees will be needed in the years ahead.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has a range of Social Work roles available, all supported by highly experienced, friendly and welcoming teams who support each other to reach the best outcomes for adults and children in our care.

We provide the highest quality support to our looked after residents, focusing on early intervention and prevention, and tailoring our approach to support diverse family units. We don’t just respond to a crisis, we look at the bigger picture, and how we can support families at the earliest opportunity to ensure children and families get the best support possible.

Work can be flexible, to fit in around you and your family life. Full training will be provided, which could also lead to qualifications.

You can find out about the latest Social Work job vacancies with Rhondda Cynon Taf Council here:

Posted on Tuesday 16th March 2021