Inspiring current and new social workers to continue to #ChooseSocialWork through learning and development

10/10/2023 12:45 - 13:45

*This session is designed for anyone that has a strategic role to play in social work learning and development.*

Launched in June 2023, Community Care’s #ChooseSocialWork campaign amplifies the voices of social workers and experts by experience to help understand, support and celebrate the social work workforce, and inspire the next generation of practitioners.

Our research shows the strong link between a robust learning culture and social work retention.  During this invite-only session, we want to shine a light on the role that high quality practice education, learning opportunities and CPD play in attracting and, very importantly, retaining social workers who continue to choose Social Work throughout their career.

During the discussion we will highlight examples of new and innovative practice education and CPD initiatives , as well as sharing inspiring stories and tips from those leading on these programmes.

A panel of four experts from different local authority and practice education settings will offer their stories and practical tips as well as answer questions from the audience on  inspiring social workers through learning and development.

*Attendance – This session is designed for leaders of learning and development programmes and for key stakeholders in learning and social work team retention.*

By invitation only – if you would like to request a place please contact Rebekkah Tabern –

Session hosted by


Aileen Blake, practice development social worker, Gloucestershire County Council Adults Services

Lori Goossen, principal children and families social worker, Medway Council

Su Kaur, principal social worker and Race Equality Network Chair, Northumberland Children and Families Service

Rob Winfield, social worker and practice educator, learning and development officer, Hampshire County Council Children's Services

Sophie Gilbert, Head of learning academy, Birmingham Children's Trust

CHAIR: Aisling Philip, client partner, Community Care Inform