Young people make video on social work

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YOUNG film-makers are gearing up for a premiere.

It will be of a production they made of their take on social work in County Durham, and how the service should best work with young people.

New College Durham, on behalf of Social Work Education North East (Swene) commissioned Investing in Children – part of Durham County Council – to support the short film.

Young people gave their views in a 30-minute showcase, which will be used by colleges and universities as part of social work education.

“I think that people should watch this film because it’s real and serious,” said Chelsea, a 15-year-old who took part.

In celebration of International Children’s Day, the film will be officially shown to an audience including Swene and council staff on Friday, at New College Durham. 

Some of the film-makers will attend to answer any questions.

Called Young People’s Views of Social Workers, the film shares the views of 11 young people aged between nine and 20.

They say what they think makes a good social worker, how social workers should engage with children and what makes a good working relationship.

Helen Casey, social work lecturer at New College Durham, said: “We are very fortunate that young people have had the vision to make this film.

“The messages from young people to social work students will be most helpful to their learning and practice.”