Drew Slack

Specialist Social Worker

GIDS London

You’re a Specialist/Clinical social worker – what does this mean?

I have been qualified and working with children and families for a long time now.  As a Specialist/clinical social worker I work in partnership with children and their families, supporting them to explore often difficult or complex situations and hold space to think about how to move forward.

Where have you worked previously?

I have worked as a specialist social worker for an organisation that specialised in supporting LGBTQ+ young people who were in local authority care or who were homeless. I have also had several roles as a clinical specialist working in child, adolescent, mental health services providing different types of assessments, therapies, and delivering training, supervision and consultation to different organisations.

What do you like best about working in GIDS?

The best part of my job is working with the children, young people and their families. I have so much respect for them as I believe it takes a huge amount of courage to be able to explore and express their gender identities. It’s a privilege to be part of this exploration with them.

What advice would you have to someone coming to their first appointment with you?

Breathe! Try and relax!

I know that’s easier said than done, and I understand that you may be nervous, let’s face it, it can sometimes feel intimidating talking about your experiences. Sessions here are about getting to know you, exploring your life including your Gender Identity and find out what your hopes are for the future.

What is your favourite book and/or children’s book?

My favourite children’s book is If I had a 100 mummies it’s a great book! ...oh, and the girl in the story just happens to have two mummies.

What is your favourite season and why?

Autumn! No…Spring!...No…Summer!....No …Winter! Oh I just love them all!