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Innovative Projects in Social Work


A social work showcasing event took place today in All Saints Parish Church, Ballymena acknowledging grant funded innovative projects supported by the 10 year Social Work Strategy, Improving and Safeguarding Social Wellbeing.

The Innovation Scheme was funded by the Social Work Strategy to encourage and allow social workers develop initiatives to improve practice for professionals and service users throughout Northern Ireland.

The NI Social Work Strategy 2012-2022 sets out a framework for social work practice and aims to strengthen and support the social work profession to deliver high quality, effective and safe service in a challenging and changing environment.

Sean Holland, Chief Social Services Officer for the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety was present at the event and was highly impressed with the array of enthusiasm and concepts on show;

“Today we saw some excellent examples of innovative practice and creative thinking which demonstrates how service improvements can be generated by enthusiastic practitioners.”

Fionnuala McAndrew, Director of Social Care and Children at the Health and Social Care Board was delighted to see the innovative projects developed by social work professionals right across Northern Ireland;

”Some examples of the differences the projects are making are: a 75% reduction in waiting time in Dementia Services, individuals with physical disability taking responsibility for their own care planning, and the removal of 17 pages of identified areas of duplication that alleviates some of the pressures of paperwork on social work staff

“The Health and Social Care Board looks forward to sharing the learning and encouraging the roll out of successful initiatives that have made a difference to social work practice throughout Northern Ireland.”

Noelle Barton, Social Work Strategy Programme Manager at the Health and Social Care Board congratulated staff on their innovation and hard work in taking forward projects that will contribute to the Social Work Strategy and to the future of social work;

“The Social Work Strategy has demonstrated how a relatively small investment in innovative practice can stimulate innovative ideas and practice that improve quality and practice.

Today’s event was an opportunity for all social work professionals involved in the project to
share their learning from the projects they delivered and to improve on practice across the