Real social work: making the difference in West Sussex

Our video series captures a day in the life of social workers in West Sussex.

Watch a day in the life of a West Sussex social worker.




A unique insight into a day in the life of a West Sussex social worker has been captured in a series of films by West Sussex County Council.

Titled ‘Real Social Work: Making the difference in West Sussex’, the short documentaries will highlight the job social workers do in the county.

Social work is a difficult, complex and at times volatile job but our team of social workers are motivated and committed, making difficult decisions every day.

The videos illustrate the job social workers do across the county and can be viewed on our YouTube channel.

Adam's story

Adam's story

Our first 'Real Social Work' film follows a day in the life of senior social work practitioner and approved mental health professional Adam Drage.

He is shown meeting with Jack, a young person, who after spending time in hospital because of mental health needs is about to move into a community placement where support will be available to him 24 hours a day.

Adam, 30, said: “I really enjoy my job. It can be challenging but if you put a lot into this job then you get a lot out of it. If you want to do something where you are doing a job that is making an impact and is meaningful then become a social worker.”

The film also features Jack’s mum, Sue, talking about the impact Adam has had on Jack’s life.

She says on the film: “It’s been a very, very positive experience since Adam’s been involved with Jack.

“Adam has been there and supported us and made us feel actually there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

Jane's story

Jane's story

Our second short video follows Jane Bosworth, a Senior Social Work Practitioner in the Worthing Community Team at West Sussex County Council.

She said: “Being filmed was an opportunity to give people some insight into the role that social workers have within the community.

“When you see the positive effect that social work intervention can have in enabling and empowering people to achieve their maximum independence there is a great sense of achievement.
“Social work is an important and necessary job and although it can be challenging at times it is a profession that many will find fulfilling.”

Abby's story

Abby's story

Our third film follows 26-year-old Abby Lonsdale, a social worker in the learning disabilities team at West Sussex County Council.

Abby said: “It was good fun being filmed and I hope it gives people the chance to see what social workers do.

“I like being a social worker because I enjoy supporting people. It isn’t always easy but it is an important and necessary job. Just because something is hard doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it.

"People do have a perception of social work as having lots of paperwork and bureaucracy. It can be like that sometimes but it is a great feeling when you know you have helped someone.”

Social work is a difficult, complex and at times volatile job, but social workers are motivated and committed, making difficult decisions every day.

Work with us

Work with us

We are looking for social workers in adult social care to join us.

This is a really exciting time to be joining West Sussex County Council.  We have re-shaped our services and are making a significant investment in our staff.  

To find out more about our current vacancies visit our jobs section .

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