William Eichler 21 March 2023

Social workers report helping vulnerable out of their own pockets

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A third of social workers are using their own resources to help the people they work with, a new survey has revealed.

The poll, released by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW), revealed that three quarters of social workers say the cost of living crisis has driven the people they are supporting into deeper poverty.

Published to mark World Social Work Day, the survey of 1602 social workers revealed that almost half of respondents (49.8%) felt the number of people in poverty in their casework increased due to the crisis.

It also found that 33% are supporting people with their own resources. However, the BASW survey shows that almost three fifths (59%) of the respondents were happy in the social work profession and 61% were happy in their current role.

BASW CEO Ruth Allen commented: ‘Social workers remain deeply committed to the people they work with and value the privileged, values-based work they do to promote wellbeing, social justice, empowerment and choice.

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