Guest speakers included Dr Sharon Shoesmith, who was the Director of Haringey Children’s Services at the time of the death of Baby P; Luke Rodgers, who shared his experiences of living in care and important messages for social workers, director of the film A Northern Soul Sean McAllister and the film’s star Steve Arnott.
Olivia Murray, a third year student who is undertaking her work placement in an adult care management team, said:
“Today has been emotional and really inspiring. To hear people like Luke talk about their experiences of being in care first-hand is really helpful to us as social workers. And when I just saw even a brief clip of the film, A Northern Soul, it made me cry.
“The connections that our lecturer, Vicky Burton, has with inspirational people like Sean and Steve are really great and make it a really good experience for us here.”
Lois Farrah, who is also on a work placement year in a fostering team, said:
“The conference has really brought everyone together including all the students out on placement, current students and different social care agencies. It is often in the news that people are putting blame on social workers so it has been interesting to hear a variety of different perspectives today on this and to know that there is a lot for us to be proud of.”
The conference also featured student success stories and a programme of workshops provided by academics, service users and social care partners in the region.
Find out more about our social work degree and watch our video to hear what current student Chris and graduate Sophie think about studying Social Work at Hull and life after graduation.
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