A HUDDERSFIELD social worker is fronting a national campaign to encourage young people to enter the profession.
Terry Keast, 58, appears in a new video urging viewers to take on “the toughest job in the world.”
The Brighouse man works in Kirklees Council’s Family Placement Unit which helps to find and support people who have chosen to become foster carers.
He said: “Being a children’s social worker is so different from anything else, both incredibly rewarding and equally frustrating – it’s a real roller-coaster.
“I want to encourage people to become foster parents and do one of the toughest jobs in the world.
“To know that you can make a difference to a child’s life makes the job incredibly rewarding.”
Terry features in a new video on the website for the Children’s Social Work Matters campaign.
“I know I’m lucky to work with a very professional team,’’ he said. “I’m proud to be a social worker and I want the public to know what we do to help children and to encourage people to come into a profession that I enjoy.”
Terry took a roundabout route to a career in social work.
After leaving school with no qualifications he started his working life in the textile industry in Halifax.
It was only after he first became active in the union and that he started to gain more qualifications and decided a career as a children’s social worker would be right for him.
Terry has been a social worker since 1990.
He joined Kirklees Council three years ago after stints in Calderdale Council’s youth offending and child protection teams.
Terry works with families who are interested in becoming foster carers.
He visits potential candidates, interviews and assesses them and helps give carers the skills they will need to give a home to vulnerable children.
“I’m now doing a job I love and there’s never been anything as fulfilling,’’ he said. “I’m able to make a real difference.”
To view the video visit www.childrenssocialworkmatters.org
Go to the Making A Difference section and then click on videos where you will find Terry’s story.