Karin Smyth MP hails social workers as the “forgotten frontline” during the pandemic

Karin Smyth MP hails social workers as the “forgotten frontline” during the pandemic


Karin Smyth, MP for Bristol South, has hailed social workers across Bristol as one of the “forgotten frontlines” throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Ahead of World Social Work Day on the 16th March, Smyth has praised the hard work, selflessness and bravery of social workers who support some of the most vulnerable people and families across Bristol South. 

The British Association of Social Workers (BASW), which represents over 21,000 social workers across the UK, has been supporting social workers throughout the pandemic, including campaigning for access to testing and safe access to health and care settings. 

Ms Smyth is also supporting World Social Work Month, a series of online events and activities to celebrate and champion social work in the UK and internationally.  The majority of events are free to attend and open to both socials workers and anyone who wants to learn more about the profession.

You can find out more about World Social Work Month here:  https://www.basw.co.uk/what-we-do/world-social-work-day-and-month-activities-2021


Karin Smyth, MP for Bristol South, said:

“Social workers have played an essential but often unheralded role of supporting people throughout the pandemic, including people with learning disabilities, older people in residential care, children at risk, and those with additional and complex needs.

“With the number of people needing this type of support rising over the last year, the pressure on social workers is increasing.  We must ensure that the Government understand the resourcing, recognition and development foundations for great social work, so we can support our social workers to continue doing their incredible work.

“I am proud to champion social workers in Bristol South, and stand with them this World Social Work Month.”