World Social Work Day: Meet our Social Worker Pauline

Today is World Social Work Day, celebrated globally on the third Tuesday of March every year. It’s a day dedicated to highlighting the vital role of social workers in promoting social inclusion and equity.

This year’s theme is ‘Buen Vivir: Shared Future for Transformative Change’, highlighting the importance of embracing innovative, community-led approaches.

At Child’s i Foundation, we connect deeply with this year’s theme. Our work is inherently community-focused, prioritising the well-being and empowerment of vulnerable children and families. By collaborating closely with local communities, we create sustainable, transformative change.

In celebration of World Social Work Day, we want to share a story of Pauline, whose journey began with a simple desire to make a difference in the lives of those in need. Armed with a Degree in Social Work and an unshakeable commitment to serve, she joined Child’s i Foundation.

“I am proud to be a social worker. I feel humbled to have a profession that supports people at their most vulnerable. I walk into people’s lives and make a difference to ensure a positive impact”.

Her days are filled with challenges, yet Pauline approaches each obstacle with resilience and compassion. She works tirelessly to ensure that every child under her care receives the love, support, and protection they deserve. 

Whether it’s advocating for a child’s right to education, providing emotional support to a traumatised child, or reuniting families torn apart, Pauline goes above and beyond to make a lasting impact.

“I have come across some cases where children have undergone post traumatic disorders and this has encouraged me pursue a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology majoring in Child and Adolescents. With this, I will be able to support children experiencing trauma, depression, anxiety and grief”.

One particular success story that stands out is the case of James, who was left at the age of one. When Pauline first met James, he had experienced significant trauma that had adversely affected his developmental milestones and overall health. But Pauline saw beyond the scars of his past and recognised the potential within him.

 Pauline worked tirelessly with the Probation and Social Welfare Officer and Local Councils to secure a safe and loving home for James. She provided the necessary support to ensure his successful integration into a loving foster family. 

Today, James is thriving, surrounded by family who care for him.

“I work so closely with local councils, the probation officer and  peer support groups established. These have helped me to resolve child related cases and ensure that children are growing up in safe environments. They are constantly aware of how the children are thriving in different families”.

Pauline’s commitment to her work have not gone unnoticed. She has become a trusted mentor and role model for her colleagues, inspiring them to continue to advocate for family care

As Pauline reflects on her journey, she knows that the road ahead will be filled with challenges. But with the support of her colleagues at Child’s i Foundation and the determination to make a difference, she remains steadfast in her mission to create a brighter future for the children.

“I advise aspiring social workers to always have passion for the work they do and the families they support”.