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Mar 31, 2012

In spring 2012 the Scottish Association of Social Work awarded the title Social Worker of the Year to Sandy Watt, a senior mental health officer and practice teacher with North Lanarkshire Council. In this episode Sandy talks to Iriss's Rikke Iversholt about his 30 years in social work and the changes that the sector has gone through.

'a couple of times over the years out the blue someone will come to you and introduce themselves, and say just a wee story really, but quite keen to talk to you – not in an intrusive way, just a way-it's almost like saying “well thanks, just to let you know I am still alive and I am doing okay” – people you maybe haven't seen for years. I think that's the bits that motivate you'

Scottish Association of Social Work was until January 2011 BASW Scotland. The name change was a response to members' calls for a stronger identification with Scotland's distinctive social work system.

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Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free