Our social worker secured our future happiness…

Contributing to our celebration of World Social Work Day this year is MP Alan Johnson who sent in this reflection about the ways in which his and his sister’s social worker ensured they were able to stay together as a family.

Our social worker secured our future happiness. I don’t think that’s an exaggerated description of the way my sister and Linda and I feel about Mr Pepper. As my childhood memoir ‘This Boy’ describes our father had left us when I was 8 years old never to return. Our mother Lily had a serious heart complaint which killed her five years later. We were told that I would go into foster care whilst Linda, who was training to be a nursery nurse, would go to Barnado’s in Barking  to complete her training as a resident. Linda was hearing none of this – she was determined that we’d stay together. Eventually our social worker, Mr Pepper managed to secure a council flat in Battersea despite the fact that we were well under age. He took a huge risk and has been our hero ever since.

If you would like to tell us about how a social worker made a difference to your life we would be happy to receive your comment below. All comments are moderated. 

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March 18, 2014. World Social Work Day.

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