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Social workers honoured in King’s birthday list

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. A clutch of social workers have been recognised in the King’s Birthday Honours list, announced this week. The recipients included a past and present principal social worker (PSW), the co-founder of the secure base model of therapeutic caregiving and a retired practitioner who used to support Holocaust survivors.

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‘A 30-second walk would exhaust me beyond reason’: Natacha’s life with long Covid

The Guardian

Natacha Gray had an active life, diving, climbing and playing music, before illness left her so tired she would collapse on the way to the couch. She discusses two and a half devastating years – and how she stays optimistic Natacha Gray is singing the song she has written about living with long Covid. It’s a lovely, haunting song and she sings it beautifully.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Maryland Gov. Wes Moore does the right thing!

Social Work Blog

By Mel Wilson, NASW Senior Policy Advisor Maryland Gov. Wes Moore of Maryland on June 17 announced he will pardon more than 175,000 residents who were convicted for possessing marijuana. Gov. Wes Moore This is one of the most expansive efforts ever in our nation to right the wrongs of criminal convictions of Marylanders for the nonviolent offense of simple possession of cannabis.

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Labour would use part of NHS budget to buy beds in care homes

The Guardian

Party says plan would free up thousands of England hospital beds occupied by patients whose discharge has been delayed NHS money will be used to buy thousands of beds in care homes under Labour plans to reduce overcrowding in England’s hospitals, long waits in A&E and patients becoming trapped in ambulances. Wes Streeting, the shadow health secretary, said the move would tackle the huge human and financial “waste” of beds being occupied by patients fit to leave but stuck there because a lack

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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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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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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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Places in council-run children’s homes in England fall by third as private firms take over

The Guardian

Increased reliance on private provision is pushing children hundreds of miles away from friends and family The number of places in council-run children’s homes in England has fallen by a third since 2012 – at the same time as places in privately run profit-making children’s homes have soared, according to an Observer analysis of government data. The dramatic fall in council-run children’s homes, and local authorities’ increasing reliance on privately run provision, have helped drive a rise in ch

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Response to the PUSWP call for the expulsion of the IUSW

International Federation of Social Workers

This statement is a response to the Palestinian Union of Social Workers and Psychologists (PUSWP) call for the Israeli Union of Social Workers (IUSW) to be expelled by IFSW.

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Dear Ninakaye (Guest Post)

Living Sober

"You’re not fully aware of it yet Ninakaye, but very shortly you will embark upon a journey of absolute magnificence, a journey of immense strength and liberation.

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A Conversation About the Place of Spirituality in Social Work

inSocialWork

Edward H. Taylor Social work’s historical origins are intertwined with spiritual leanings, followed by a more secular approach as the field “professionalized.” More recently, it is easy to find plenty of support for infusing spirituality in social work education and practice. But, what is spirituality? What’s religion? Is spirituality always correlated with positive health and well-being?

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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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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.