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Great stories from our children and families social work teams


Find out more about the exciting and life changing work of our social work teams supporting children and young people.

June 2023

MBE for children's social care manager

A care worker who has played a key role in supporting vulnerable children and young people in County Durham has been awarded an MBE in the King's Birthday Honours.

Selwyn Morgans worked in children's social care for more than 20 years before recently retiring.  The last seven years of his career were spent as manager of our Aycliffe Secure Centre, which provides a secure and caring home for vulnerable young people with complex needs between the ages of 10 and 18-years-old.  Read more at MBE for children's social care manager.

May 2023

Celebrations for our Step Up to Social Work 2023 graduates

Huge congratulations to our step up to social work graduates 2023 who celebrated completion of their course this week and will be graduating in July at Manchester Metropolitan University. The group are joining us as Newly Qualified Social Workers as they are become registered with Social Work England. 

Step Up to Social Work is a national scheme funded by the Department for Education. It is run by a regional partnership of all the local authorities in the North East and Manchester Metropolitan University. The programme provides a unique opportunity to receive support whilst training to start a new career in social work. If you are thinking about a career in social work, you can find out more at Step up to social work.

April 2023

John Pearce becomes president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) 2023/24

John Pearce, our Corporate Director of Children and Young People Services has begun a year-long presidency with the Association of Directors of Children's Services. Find out why John thinks children's mental health is the biggest priority in an article "ADCS president: Children’s mental health completely overwhelmed" by Local Government Association.