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No new funding for children’s social care reforms in Tory manifesto despite £2.6bn care review bill

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. The Conservatives have allocated no new funding to reforming children’s social care in their election manifesto, despite the blueprint for the changes carrying a £2.6bn bill. The manifesto, issued yesterday , made two specific pledges on children’s social care, to create more places in children’s homes and to expand befriending and mentoring programmes for care leavers.

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When Your Co-Parent is a N-rcissist

Gary Direnfeld

One of the more challenging realities when in a parenting dispute with a n-rcissist, is coming to terms with the fact that no one will rescue you. Not the courts, not your lawyer, not any therapist. It’s a harsh reality. Rather, one must learn how to cope, how to manage the n-rcissist, how to handle kids being adversely influenced, how to best navigate the court system.

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Adoption leaders bid to reform ‘institutionally racist’ system

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. The adoption system is “institutionally racist”, sector leaders have warned, in a strategy designed to tackle ethnic inequalities facing children and prospective adopters and a lack of diversity in the workforce. In its strategy for 2024-27, Adoption England, the national body supporting regional adoption agencies (RAAs), said it wanted to “end the racial disparity”

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Medication for Depression or Anxiety

Gary Direnfeld

If you have been prescribed medication for depression or anxiety, it is important to know it can take a good four to six weeks before you truly feel the benefit. Unlike a Tylenol for a headache which usually reaches therapeutic level in about 20 minutes, medications for depression and anxiety literally takes weeks. If there are side affects, the most common being headache, nausea, upset stomach, sleep disturbance, most subside in two to three weeks.

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5 Must Haves for Case Management

Thousands of nonprofits rely on case management software to help collect data, manage programs, coordinate with agencies, and provide life-changing health and human services. Adopting a cloud-based case management platform is essential for nonprofits and government agencies to operate more efficiently and make better use of their funding and budget.

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5 Best books on making case management less painful

Save the Social Worker

Being a case manager , is hard. We get it. You’re swamped, always. Wake up, check your phone, and you immediately see dozens of messages asking for your attention. Your boss is asking you for a meeting to discuss another work project about the staff retreat. You see your client messaging you over Whatsapp Business, trying to get your attention. Then there are the emails that have already started streaming in.

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Launch of Ubuntu Platform: IASSW International Project

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

You are cordially invited to the launch of the Launch of Ubuntu Platform funded by IASSW International Project on Friday, 14 June | 08AM-12PM WAT | 09AM-1PM CAT/SAT | 10AM-2PM EAT. || Rationale and Purpose of the Project -There is evidence that the philosophy of Ubuntu can play a huge role in transforming and decolonising social work learning, teaching and practice.

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Arizona Joins the Interstate Social Work Licensure Compact

Social Work Blog

This week, the Arizona State Legislature once again failed to advance lifesaving mental health legislation. Social workers across our country work tirelessly to combat the ever-growing mental health crisis facing our nation. The Social Work Licensure Compact, spearheaded by the Department of Defense, seeks to address the critically important issue of licensure mobility for military spouses and enhances access to critical mental health services nationwide.

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SAVE THE DATE – SWSD 2026

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

The International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), the International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) and the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), are proud to announce the upcoming Global Social Work Conference; #SWSD2026. This pivotal gathering will bring together a diverse community dedicated to social development and change.

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Nearly half of England’s care workers get less than real living wage, study finds

The Guardian

Exclusive: Campaigners say next government should match policy in Scotland and Wales ensuring adequate pay Nearly half of all care workers in England earn less than a real living wage, according to research. Analysis by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) for the Living Wage Foundation found that 400,000 workers in social care (43% of the workforce) in England are paid less than £12 an hour, the amount required to cover living costs.

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Mounting social care costs leave councils facing £6.2bn black hole over next two years, warns LGA

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. Mounting social care costs will leave English councils facing a £6.2bn financial black hole over the next two years, the Local Government Association has warned political parties ahead of the general election. The LGA calculated that authorities would need an additional £4.7bn in 2025-26, compared with 2024-25, to maintain services at existing levels, but would only be able to cover half of

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Get Connected: Using Social Media for Social Work Success

Speaker: Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW.

You may have the clinical skills to manage a private practice, but your success could actually hinge on marketing skills. For a thriving practice, you need to differentiate yourself from others and present yourself in a way that attracts referrals. These days, much of that happens online, including on social media. In this webinar, Gary Direnfeld will discuss how social media marketing can help you build your private practice and grow your client base.

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Parents: Launching Pads and Guidance Systems

Gary Direnfeld

At fourteen she was fawning over a guy. The guy was also fourteen. School was a distant afterthought for her. What she wanted was that boy. He was a decent boy. Naïve. Good family. She certainly distracted him. He was also her distraction. She needed distraction from her life at home. She put on a brave face. She presented so lovely. It was a mask. The mask covered all that she saw.

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IFSW policy singled out in the UN General Assembly 77th Session report from the Secretary-General

International Federation of Social Workers

The United Nation’s Secretary-General, António Guterres in promoting the rights of nature, highlighted in his Harmony with Nature report to the General Assembly that, “the International Federation of Social Workers, […]

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Nursing Leadership: What Is It and Why Is It Important?

Relias

Nursing leadership is one of the most important ways to motivate and inspire nurses to practice at the top of their licensure. The American Nurses Association describes a nurse leader as one who inspires and influences others to achieve their maximum potential using leadership skills and critical thinking. Nurses can lead by sharing and propelling ideas and innovation at any point throughout their careers and do not necessarily need to hold an official leadership title or role.

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Lib Dems to promise £1.5bn reform of carer’s allowance including debt amnesty

The Guardian

Proposals also include a £20-a-week boost to payments and an increased limit on earnings from part-time work UK general election live – latest updates The Liberal Democrats will commit to a £1.5bn overhaul of carer’s allowance, including a £20-a-week boost for more than 1 million people who devote their lives to looking after frail, ill and disabled loved ones, in their general election manifesto.

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Social Work England interim chair set to serve 21 months in post

Community Care

Social Work England’s interim chair is set to serve 21 months in post after the government failed to recruit a permanent leader for the regulator’s board. Andrew McCulloch, who was already on the Social Work England board, was appointed to the interim post in March 2023 following the resignation of founding chair Lord Patel of Bradford. On appointing McCulloch, the Department for Education (DfE), which oversees the regulator, said that he would serve for “up to one year, standi

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Big Feelings, Tension, Fear…

Gary Direnfeld

Abandonment. That sense of being left behind. It’s so triggering. Then when the distance is bridged and the dramatic reconnection wears, the doubt sets back in. Then the sabotaging. Not sure if it’s oneself or the other. It’s just insecure again. The ambivalence creates tension yet again. It can’t be tolerated and away they go again.

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Enrollment for the Global Standards for Social Work Education and Training has commenced

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

Course starts 17 June 2024. FREE! With certificates at successful completion of each module. Click on the enrollment link [link] For any help, please send your email at iassw.support@vtl.apss.polyu.edu.hk For more details, click here [link] The post Enrollment for the Global Standards for Social Work Education and Training has commenced first appeared on International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW).

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Commonwealth Young Carers Urge Heads of Government to Support the Young Carers Charter

International Federation of Social Workers

Eighteen young carers from eleven Commonwealth countries have created a video promoting the Commonwealth Charter for Young Carers, urging leaders to endorse it at their October 2024 meeting in Samoa.

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Britain’s judges are sick of locking up children who just need help. Why has nothing been done?

The Guardian

Lack of provision for complex cases is a moral failure by our ‘civilised’ country, says a former president of the high court’s family division The BBC recently reported extensively on the rising and excessive use of deprivation of liberty (DoL) orders on vulnerable children. What was described is shocking and the stories they reported are heartbreaking.

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Third of recent infant care cases involved parents with learning disabilities or difficulties – research

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. A third of recent infant care cases involved parents with learning disabilities or difficulties, research has found. However, in most cases, parents’ conditions were only identified at the court stage, in part because social workers lacked the time and training to do so.

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Even Burned Out, Kids Needs You

Gary Direnfeld

You may be a burned out parent. You can recognize it by giving into your kids’ demands while complaining they don’t listen. You may find yourself trying to buy their understanding and reasonable behavior while thinking they are ungrateful and/or spoiled. You may be seeking help for them, hoping someone else can either talk some sense into them or help them see how good they’ve got it.

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MQ Mental Health Research in New Documentary

MQ Mental Health

MQ Mental Health Research has been featured in a new documentary film produced by Reuters.com. The film gives an insightful view into MQ’s mission, and why mental health research is so important in the role of changing the outcomes for millions of people worldwide. One of the critical points underscored in the film is the stark disparity in funding.

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Indonesian and Malaysian Social Worker Associations Strengthen Ties

International Federation of Social Workers

Dr. Puji Pujiono, MSW, President of the Indonesian Independent Association of Professional Social Workers (IPSPI), presented a memento during his visit to the Malaysian Association of Social Workers.

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Next government urged to wake up to UK’s ‘shocking’ levels of child poverty

The Guardian

Charities call for law within first 100 days after general election to ensure annual rises in the financial help parents receive The next government should pass a new law within 100 days of winning the general election that would commit ministers to eradicating child poverty for good, the five biggest UK children’s charities say this weekend. The organisations demand legislation in the first king’s speech that would include plans for a “child lock” – equivalent to the current pensions “triple lo

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Sector concern as DfE ends social work teaching partnership funding

Community Care

The government has stopped funding social work teaching partnerships, sparking sector concern that progress brought about by the arrangements will stall. The Department for Education wrote to partnerships at the beginning of April telling them that it would not be renewing funding for the 2024-25 financial year. One sector leader said that the DfE had told partnerships that there would be funding for 2024-25 last autumn and invited them to bid; however, there followed a several-month delay, culm

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How to Provide Excellent Dementia Care for Patients with Dementia—and Their Families

CAPC

A dementia care program director shares lessons learned from providing excellent dementia care to patients with dementia, and their families.

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A politics of hope

Reimagining Social Work

A guest post by Bex Silver. We are entering a dark period in the short history of our nation. There have been dark times before, and we have got through them. We will get through this too.

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Victims of abuse in foster care shpuldn´t have to choose between compensation and justice

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

Private foster care agencies in New York tell victims of abuse on their watch: If we don´t get a taxpayer bailout, you won´t get compensation for what was done to you. A lawyer for survivors apparently agrees. Last month, I wrote a column for the New York Daily News about the attempt by New Yorks´s private foster care, group home and residential treatment agencies to get a taxpayer bailout of up to $200 million.

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UK care agencies accused of exploiting foreign workers caught in debt traps

The Guardian

Exclusive: Experts raise alarm over ‘national scandal’ that has hallmarks of trafficking and modern slavery ‘He didn’t have a contract for me’: the Indian careworkers who paid agents to work in Britain What are the problems with the UK visa system for care work? British social care agencies have been accused of exploiting foreign workers , leaving people living on the breadline as they struggle to pay off debts run up while trying to secure jobs that fail to materialise.

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Proportion of social work roles offered part-time grows slightly but remains less than a quarter

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. The proportion of social work roles advertised as part-time or flexible hours has grown for the second consecutive year but remains at less than a quarter. Almost a quarter of positions (23.1%) were advertised as either part-time, part-time or full-time or available on a flexible-hours basis, found a Social Workers Union (SWU) study of online job postings in April and May this year.

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Free Mental Health Webinars, June 2024

Social Work.Career

This post is part of the monthly series, Free Webinars for Social Workers and Mental Health Professionals, featuring over 55 free webcasts that we could find for you this month in the field of social work and mental health. To make it easier for you to find a webinar that is of interest to you, […] The post Free Mental Health Webinars, June 2024 appeared first on SocialWork.Career.

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Why Do I Think Everything Is My Fault?

Nnatasha Tracy

I have a bad habit of thinking everything is my fault. It's remarkable, actually. No matter what happens and no matter what other people do, it always feels like I made it happen. This is a personal inclination of mine, psychologically, I suspect, but it's also impacted by depression. If you feel like everything is your fault, read on as to why that might be and what to do about it.

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NASW remembers George Floyd Jr. on 4th anniversary of his death

Social Work Blog

Photo above by Gayatri Malhotra for Unsplash shows a protestor at rally in Washington, D.C. in June 2020. By Ja’Bree Harris, MSW, NASW Public Policy and Advocacy Manager “I can’t breathe” are the chilling words that spurred a summer of racial reckoning. On May 25, 2020, Minneapolis police officers arrested Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, after a convenience store employee called 911 and told the police that Floyd bought cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill.

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Social care is a timebomb beneath Britain – why does neither main party have a plan to tackle it? | Gaby Hinsliff

The Guardian

Plans to fund adult care have been derided as a ‘dementia tax’ or a ‘death tax’. The carers I visited showed me that what they need is both urgent and simple In a church hall in suburban Croydon, south London, a familiar Beatles medley plays. The crowd sways and sings along, and an 80-year-old woman reaches out to hold her husband’s hand. Paul has vascular dementia and can no longer speak, but he smiles occasionally as if in recognition.

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Conservative manifesto pledge to implement cap on care costs is unfunded, warns think-tank

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. A Conservative manifesto pledge to implement a cap on adult social care costs and associated charging reforms is unfunded, a think-tank has warned. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said the plan to implement the changes in October 2025 would require cuts elsewhere, because the funding originally allocated to the scheme had been diverted and the party did not allocate any funding to th