April, 2024

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The Victoria Climbié Inquiry chair reflects on social work, 21 years on

Community Care

Our interview with Lord Herbert Laming is part of a new series of profiles of key figures who have shaped social work over the past five decades, to celebrate Community Care’s 50th anniversary. More than 20 years after delivering his report into the death of Victoria Climbié , there is still a quiet sadness about Herbert Laming at the mention of her name.

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The 14 best books to read as a social worker

Save the Social Worker

Take a look at your shelf now. Chances are, if you have a book on social work from university, you might have shelved it, never to read it again. Or you might wonder how to get rid of it by giving it as a Christmas present. Or it might be a paperweight for your growing pile of unsettled paperwork. And here I am telling you to read more social work books?

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DV – When the Teen Fights Back

Gary Direnfeld

Trigger warning. This post discusses violence against women. ——- I asked directly if there had ever been hitting between his parents. He spoke of how his dad was violent with his mother. When I asked if it ever stopped, he said it did, at least for a while. I asked how. He described a violent and chaotic scene. Dad was on a tirade, mother screaming.

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Am I Taking Care of Myself? Am I Really?

My Brains Not Broken

Do you ever feel like your day just isn’t going well? I know we all have good days and bad ones, but I’m talking about something different. It’s those days when everything feels a little off, or when every decision you make seems to be the wrong one. These situations are tricky because things could certainly be worse (as we remind ourselves), but that also doesn’t solve the confusing problem at hand.

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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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Tributes to Lea Milligan, MQ’s CEO

MQ Mental Health

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of MQ’s CEO Lea Milligan who passed away following a sudden illness on Monday the 15th of April. Lea dedicated his life to helping other people. He turned down a place at Oxford University, deciding instead to launch his career in the charity sector. He started by delivering cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and alternative education programmes in prisons before becoming COO of City Gateway who provide support to at-risk children and women in

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Vulnerable teenagers ‘dumped and abandoned’ in hotels by councils in England

The Guardian

Campaigners say cash-strapped local authorities are placing young people in budget accommodation, making them targets for grooming by criminal gangs Vulnerable teenagers in care are being placed in hotels by cash-strapped councils, with experts warning they are being “served up” to criminal gangs. Children aged 16 to 17 are entering care in greater numbers than any other age group, often with complex needs, and experts say many councils in England now have nowhere to put them.

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IFSW Europe elects Dr Ruth Allen as new president

International Federation of Social Workers

IFSW Europe is delighted to announce the election of Dr Ruth Allen as the new regional president. Ruth Allen succeeds outgoing president Ana Radulescu.

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Alcohol Consumption. It adds up.

Gary Direnfeld

On a daily or weekly basis how many alcoholic beverages do you consume? He answered that he was a social drinker. So I asked how many times a week do you socialize and when you do, how many beverages do you have? He said he gets together with friends maybe four or five times a week. Mostly in the garage. Mostly with neighbors. He said he might have four or five beers.

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Unpaid carer's leave: your right to look after yourself

Social Care

[Image created by freepik.com ] Caring at home and work is tough I know from my own experience how challenging it can be juggling a busy work life and looking after a family member, in my case my mum at the end of her life. Those six months were tough, emotionally and physically. I experienced every emotion you can imagine. I know many of my colleagues, past and present, have lived through similar times or are doing so right now.

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A Tribute to the Indispensable RN on the Palliative Care Team

CAPC

A nurse leader shares important insights from palliative care RNs disclosed during mentorship and then offers four ways RNs can advocate for themselves in their careers.

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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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UK government dementia adviser resigns over prosecutions of carers

The Guardian

Johnny Timpson says he wants to ‘take a stand’ after revelations thousands of unpaid carers are being forced to pay huge fines One of Rishi Sunak’s dementia advisers has resigned over the government’s approach towards unpaid carers, describing the prosecutions of vulnerable people as “beyond the pale”. Johnny Timpson, who advised No 10 on its dementia strategy, said he wanted to “take a stand” after the Guardian revealed that tens of thousands of unpaid carers were being fined huge sums and in s

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Making a reality of asset-based practice in social care

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. By Robin Miller and Sarah McLaughlin, IMPACT There are many potential benefits of asset-based approaches, in which professionals start with what matters to the person and their family, take time to build a trusting relationship and complement informal and community resources.

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Free Mental Health Webinars, May 2024

Social Work.Career

This post is part of the monthly series, Free Webinars for Social Workers and Mental Health Professionals, featuring almost 50 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, May 2024 appeared first on SocialWork.Career.

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When One Parent Puts Down the Other

Gary Direnfeld

I feel for the child who’s told bad things about a parent either for revenge or just to “win” more time with their child. That poor child will grow up knowing they are half of each parent. If one half is deemed bad, then what does that child do with that part of themselves representing that parent? In such a situation, I can only hope the parent who is badmouthed, doesn’t do the same thinking it evens the score.

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The Art of Destressing: How Creativity Creates Less Stress

MQ Mental Health

Whether it’s painting, drawing, sculpting, cooking, knitting, sewing, writing, singing, playing music, dancing, the arts play a big role in our overall mental and physical health as well as our communities. Creativity can be seen by some, perhaps in past decades, as frivolous. But there’s evidence to show that creativity helps our mental health and our stress management.

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Therapy Tools For Mental Wellness: Discover Your Path To Healing

Blurt It Out

Facing depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges can feel like walking through a dense fog with no end in sight. We grapple with intrusive thoughts, overwhelming emotions, and a constant sense of unease. Picture the weight of self-doubt pressing down on your shoulders, making each step feel like an uphill battle. However, amidst the darkness, there are rays of hope – simple yet effective therapy tools that offer comfort and companionship in our darkest moments.

Anxiety 101
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‘They’re heartless’: how one woman fell victim to the carer’s allowance trap

The Guardian

Karina Moon, who is sole carer for her daughter most of the week, was told she needed to repay £11,292.75 or be prosecuted for fraud Ex-ministers press Sunak on ‘persecution’ of carers who broke earnings rules Carers in the UK: have you been threatened with prosecution for benefit fraud? Karina Moon vividly recalls the telephone call that brought her to tears.

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‘The power of social work has shaped who I am’ – ADCS’s new care experienced president

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. Incoming Association of Directors of Children’s Services president Andy Smith is passionate about social work’s potential to improve children’s lives. While such a belief is commonplace among senior managers in local authority children’s services, for Smith, it is personal.

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Guest Post: Postpartum Bipolar Disorder and Using a Vegan Ketogenic Diet for Bipolar Disorder by Dyane Harwood

Bipolar Bandit

I was diagnosed with postpartum bipolar I disorder in 2007 after my second daughter was born. I had treatment-resistant bipolar depression, and I tried over 20 meds to no avail. After my father died, I asked for ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) which saved my life. (I wouldn’t hesitate to get ECT again if I needed it.) Fast forward to 2013. I was stable but I was still depressed.

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How Much Do You Accommodate Your Kids?

Gary Direnfeld

There’s a concept known as over-accommodating. That is when the parent seeks to be supportive of a child expressing some sort of difficulty and does so in a way that is disproportionate to the need or in a way that lessens or dials back their expectation. As such, the parent is seeking to be helpful, not at all realizing that their response to the child’s issue is actually enabling it.

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Stress The Point: Stress vs Mental Illness

MQ Mental Health

April is Stress Awareness Month so to be aware of stress, honour it and deal with it appropriately, it’s important to be clear in the distinction that stress is not a mental health condition although it can be the cause of and the symptom of one. We perhaps in society mistake “stress” as a mental illness partly as a hangover from the time when doctors might sign people off from work with “stress” instead of “undiagnosed or untreated mental health condition”.

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What Does KVC Stand For?

KVC

Have you ever wondered what the “KVC” in KVC Health Systems stands for? You’re not alone; it’s one of the most frequently asked questions we get. Answering this question gives us a chance to tell you about our history and our future… both where we’ve been and where we’re going. Do you believe every child deserves to be safe and connected to a strong family?

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Revealed: hundreds of vulnerable children sent to illegal and unregulated care homes in England

The Guardian

Observer investigation finds that private companies made £105m despite not being registered with Ofsted Hundreds of extremely vulnerable school-age children in England are being sent to illegal, unregulated homes every year because of a chronic shortage of places in secure local authority units. An Observer investigation has established that councils placed 706 children, the majority of them under the age of 16, in their care in homes that were not registered with Ofsted, the children’s social c

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Seven more councils chosen to test family support and child protection reforms

Community Care

Seven more councils have been chosen to test the government’s family support and child protection reforms. They will join the existing three families first for children pathfinders in testing the changes, which are designed to ensure families receive better and earlier support to help resolve their needs and strengthen the quality of child protection practice.

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Lady Funcke Receives Latinx Research Week 2024 Familismo Award

Michigan Social Work

MSW student Lady Funcke has been named one of the Latinx Research Week 2024 Familismo Award Winners. Latinx Research Week is an interdisciplinary, conference-style series of events hosted annually on the U-M campus. The Familismo Award is a testament to individuals who embody the values of love, respect, ethics of care and community, which are essential for fostering supportive academic communities.

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With The World Teetering

Gary Direnfeld

I know, the world feels precarious to many these days. That precariousness is heightened by those who would seek to deny science, instead relying on leaders who spew their own brand of information. They appeal to those financially disenfranchised, those whose anger is ready to be fueled. It works. Sadly. There is no arguing with many of these folks.

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Stress in the Workplace: most stressful industries

MQ Mental Health

April is Stress Awareness Month. Workplace stress is familiar to many of us. The pursuit of achievement, earning money, staff politics, deadlines, tech stress and juggling work and family life all make our work a prime source of potential stress, no matter the industry we work within, be it the private, public or charity sector. Last year (2023), Jacinda Ardern the Prime Minister of New Zealand, announced she’d step back from the role.

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Self-Care A-Z: Sense-ible Self-Care

The New Social Worker

Self-care needs to be readily accessible and make sense. One of our most accessible forms of self-care is, literally, in-plain-sight, next-to-our-skin, on-the-tip-of-our-tongue, in-front-of-our nose, and “hear”-for-us.

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DWP warns carers they could face greater penalties if they appeal against fines

The Guardian

Officials at Department for Work and Pensions accused of ‘threatening and cruel’ tactics over repayment orders Woman with dementia, 92, told to repay £7,000 in disability allowance Government officials have been accused of using “threatening and cruel” tactics towards unpaid carers by saying they could face even greater financial penalties if they appeal against “vindictive” benefit fines.

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Children’s homes body excludes providers funded through tax havens from membership

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. The body representing children’s home providers has decided to exclude providers receiving finance from tax havens from membership. The Children’s Homes Association’s (CHA) new membership rules also stipulate that members must be ultimately owned in the UK and have at least majority shareholders who are UK-registered taxpayers.

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Breaking Free: Navigating The Complexities Of Living With A Toxic Family

Blurt It Out

Our family is supposed to be our sanctuary, a place where we feel loved, supported, and understood. However, for many individuals, family dynamics can be far from ideal, often veering into toxicity. These toxic family environments can have profound effects on our mental health, shaping our emotional well-being and sense of self. In this article, we’ll explore the signs of a toxic family, delve into its impact on mental health, and discuss strategies for coping and healing.

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Gentle Parenting. Yes, and…

Gary Direnfeld

They loved gentle parenting. What they didn’t realize is that their implementation was in reaction to the harsh parenting experienced as a child. What they labeled gentle parenting was actually permissive parenting, the opposite of the authoritarian style they were subject to. As such their kids weren’t really held accountable or well directed.

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How Stress Can Affect Mental Health

MQ Mental Health

This Stress Awareness month, we’re considering how stress affects people differently and what to look for if you’re stressed. Although stress is not a mental illness , it can be the cause of, and the symptom of one. Some people are more responsive to stressful situations and it’s important to note that different people find different cues more stressful than others.

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University of Iowa National Social Work Poetry Contest: Spring 2024 Winning Poems

The New Social Worker

As in previous years, The New Social Worker is pleased to present the winning poems of the National Social Work Poetry Contest. The contest is sponsored by the University of Iowa School of Social Work. Congratulations to the Spring 2024 winners!

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Sunak under pressure to grant amnesty to unpaid carers fined for rule breaches

The Guardian

Concern grows over legality of approach as figures show more than 150,000 carers facing huge penalties A hero – then sacked: the carer’s allowance whistleblower More than 150,000 unpaid carers are facing huge fines for minor rule breaches, figures show, as MPs, charities and campaigners demand an immediate amnesty. Ed Davey, the Lib Dem leader, joined calls to write off the vast debts incurred by tens of thousands of people who care for sick, disabled and elderly relatives after experts raised c