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Social workers left ‘exhausted’ by Covid pandemic

WORKING during the coronavirus pandemic has left social workers “exhausted, worried about their mental health and feeling the strain on their relationships," a new report said today.

The Social Workers’ Benevolent Trust says three in four social workers describe themselves as emotionally and mentally exhausted.

Of these, 17 per cent say they were struggling to cope and 58.7 per cent were “just about coping.”

Seventy per cent say they are worried about their mental health, while one in five have had to take time off work with stress.

The findings come as a free support service for social workers funded by the Scottish government is being launched in Scotland.

National director of the Scottish Association of Social Work Alison Bavidge said: “Social workers across the country have worked so hard to support vulnerable families, individuals and communities throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. 

“The impact of this has been deeply felt by the social work community.”

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