September, 2023

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What are the 10 Roles of Social Workers

Social Work Haven

You asked, what are the 10 roles of social workers ? While I can provide a list of 10 common roles of social workers, it’s important to note that our roles often go beyond these. Here are 10 roles of social workers, but this list is by no means exhaustive: Advocate : Social workers often act as advocates for their clients, working to ensure their rights and needs are met within various systems and institutions.

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Social Work and Social Policy in Times of Global Crises

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

During 19-22 of September 2023 in Ohrid, North Macedonia, the Institute of Social Work and Social Policy at the Faculty of Philosophy, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje organised an international conference “Social Work and Social Policy in Times of Global Crises”. The conference was attended by more than 130 participants who presented research, practices and policies on social policy and social work responses to crises.

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Long COVID and the Implications for Social Work

inSocialWork

Jazmin Graham Just as the COVID-19 pandemic exposed cracks and disparities in many facets of society — including health care, governments, education and more — long COVID continues to disproportionately disrupt the lives of certain people. These disparities demand the attention of social work change agents, along with the inability or unwillingness of our government leaders to pass long COVID legislation, the lack of long COVID clinics, and the need for advocacy and education related to workplac

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Agency social work rules: ‘hugely frustrating’ delay to DfE consultation response

Community Care

The government has delayed its response to a consultation on controversial national rules to regulate agency social work in England’s statutory children’s services. The response was due in September, but the Department for Education (DfE) said it would now be published later in the year because it needed further time to get the policy right.

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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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How to Get Excited for the Future

Social Work Haven

At Social Work Haven , our team firmly believes that investing hours, days, or even years worrying about the future isn’t enjoyable at all! Cultivating the right mindset can fill you with enthusiasm for what lies ahead. Tiny Buddha draws our attention to the fact that if we worry about what might be, and wonder what might have been, we will ignore what really matters now.

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Want to be well? Own it.

Gary Direnfeld

It can be tough acknowledging harms from one’s family of origin. It can lead to defensive posturing, extolling only the virtues of one’s past. So doing, one omits the challenges and sometimes untoward behavior that occurred that also shape and influence one’s own adult behavior and life. There may be truth to one’s positive memories despite the bad.

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Best books for mental health professionals

Save the Social Worker

I look at my supervisor , slightly stunned. She has just told me that my client has refused to continue seeing me, saying that I’ve been insensitive to his needs and that I’ve asked irrelevant questions. That night, I go home, wondering if I should just quit social work. As professionals, there are those days, aren’t there? When you wonder if you should just leave the profession, since you seem to be doing more harm than good.

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Social work's vital role in disaster situations

Social Work With Adults

Lyn Romeo: I am delighted to support the launch of a free online training course for social work in disaster situations. Since the tragedies of Grenfell and the Manchester Arena bombings, so much work has been done by social workers and others in the social care sector to support our profession in this vital area. Maris Stratulis, National Director, BASW England, and Joe Hanley, lecturer and researcher in social work at the Open University, have kindly drafted this week’s blog promoting this exc

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Deprivation of liberty: ‘We’re managing risk – not helping these children recover’

Community Care

One of the most concerning recent developments in social care has been the huge growth in the number of children with highly complex needs made subject to deprivation of liberty (DoL) orders. For many, these have involved moving into unregistered placements – without Ofsted’s regulatory oversight – with severe restrictions placed on their movement and access to technology, constant supervision, often by multiple staff members and significant use of restraint.

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Why Professional Care Workers' Week matters

Social Care

Celebrating the best of the care sector As the much-anticipated Professional Care Workers’ Week in 2023 gets underway, I am thrilled to share why The Care Workers Charity promotes this vital week of awareness and appreciation. Professional Care Workers’ Week is an annual celebration of care workers and their essential work, created to promote awareness and raise the profile of care workers in the UK.

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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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Attachment Style?

Gary Direnfeld

Attachment style is something that is developed in the first few years of life. It can determine how we connect to others in intimate relationships come adult life. In short, the degree to which the infant to toddler is raised in a calm and safe environment with their needs met in a timely basis, they are caused to feel secure and trusting in their attachments.

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How I Got Better at Sharing My Story

My Brains Not Broken

Let’s be honest: talking about mental health is hard. It’s broad, it can feel all encompassing and because everyone has their own experience, it can become complicated very quickly. Oftentimes, conversations about mental health can be overwhelming, and we can’t always find the solutions we need because of it. While talking about mental health and mental illness is hard, talking about our own mental health is even harder.

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A Mixed-Methods Study of the Experiences of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color MSW Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Social Work Blog

COVID-19 caused an unprecedented global pandemic that unmasked inequities in higher education. The pandemic interrupted conventional methods of learning and significantly changed the field of higher education. Universities were prompted to replace face-to-face lectures with online learning platforms. The extent to which the pandemic affected the experiences of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) graduate students is lesser known, particularly for those who attend predominantly white i

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How Speech Pathologists Can Enhance Communication with Seriously Ill Patients

CAPC

A speech pathologist shares how she works with seriously ill patients, and offers ways for palliative care teams to consult with and integrate speech pathology into their practice.

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Chief social worker to step down after decade in post

Community Care

Lyn Romeo will step down as England’s chief social worker for adults in January after just over a decade in the post. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said Romeo was taking retirement. “Lyn Romeo CBE will step down as chief social worker for adults at the end of January as she is retiring,” said a DHSC spokesperson. “We are hugely grateful for Lyn’s leadership over the last 10 years, which has ensured that social work in adult social care is well placed to suppor

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Take the adult social care workforce wellbeing survey

Social Care

"We want to measure your experience at work and help policy makers understand what support is needed to make sure the adult social care sector is a great place to work." [Image created by freepik.com ] Shaping support for adult social care workforce of the future In collaboration with Skills for Care , Ipsos , and The University of Kent , a national survey was recently launched to learn more about how we can improve support for the adult social care workforce.

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Ontario Elementary Teachers Need Our Support

Gary Direnfeld

Soon after returning to the classroom, elementary teachers in Ontario will be voting to go on strike. Doug Ford’s government through Stephen Lecce, the Minister of Education will be spinning tales hoping to pit parents against educators. Don’t fall for it. All you have to do is step into a few schools to see the state of disrepair, crowded classrooms and students whose supplies are often provided by the teachers themselves from their very own salary.

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The “unintended abolition” is still making New York City children safer

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

Between 2019, before the pandemic, and 2023 foster care went down… ENTRIES INTO FOSTER CARE.and child safety improved % ALLEGEDLY SUBJECT TO REPEAT “MALTREATMENT” Among the first studies to debunk the racist claims that, in the absence of “mandated reporters” keeping their eyes constantly on children, COVID would lead to a “pandemic of child abuse” was Prof.

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NASW Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

Social Work Blog

Acknowledgement: We acknowledge that the term “Hispanic” is inherently problematic due to is colonial origins, its potential exclusionary nature, and its tendency to overgeneralize diverse cultures. We support greater awareness and sensitivity in our language and appreciate the understanding of all community members in acknowledging intersectionality and communicating with cultural humility.

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IFSW response to war of aggression against Artsakh/Nagorno-Karabakh

International Federation of Social Workers

IFSW is deeply concerned about the recent outbreak of war in Azerbaijan, with the launch of operations against Armenian forces in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

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Family group conferencing good practice must not be diluted in rollout, experts warn

Community Care

Good practice in family group conferencing must not be diluted as the intervention gets rolled out across children’s social care services. That was the warning from experts at an event this week to mark the publication of a study that found rolling out FGCs to families at the pre-proceedings stage could prevent 2,000 children going into care each year, saving over £150m a year.

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10 Truths About Suicide and Suicide Attempts

Nnatasha Tracy

There are many truths about suicide that are important to understand. If you or a loved one have attempted suicide, you are concerned for a loved one about suicide , or have had a loved one die of suicide, there's a lot to be said, and people are often scared about saying it. This fear leads to silence, and silence on this topic is painful and can be deadly.

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LGBTQ2

Gary Direnfeld

Please know I support persons of the LGBTQ2 community, BIPOC community, women, immigrants, working poor… I value inclusion and social policies that provide for choice on matters concerning one’s own body. This will not sit well with some followers. Some may seek to engage, argue, blame, etc. I value my Facebook page as a safe place. With that, I do not allow opinions that are contrary to the well-being of these groups to be posted.

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A moment that changed me: I played My Way to people with dementia. The effect – the sheer clarity – was like magic

The Guardian

When I started doing sensory stimulation workshops, I worried that playing music for the group would fall flat. I couldn’t have been more wrong In 2013 I was in my last year studying theatre and performance at the University of Leeds. I was a fairly normal student, I think. I sometimes worked hard, often drank too much and thought I was really cool, even though I definitely wasn’t.

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Black Youth Mental Health and Its Impact on Suicide in the United States

Relias

From 2000-2021, suicide rates increased by 36% in the United States. In 2020, suicide was the second cause of death among people aged 10 to 14 and the third leading cause of death for people aged 15 to 24. An issue that has gone largely unexplored until recently, however, is the alarming rise of suicide rates among Black youth and the general state of mental health in this group.

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28 September: Webinar on regulating the Social Work profession in South-East Asia

International Federation of Social Workers

The Commonwealth Organisation for Social Work is extending an invitation to all dedicated social workers to attend an enlightening webinar themed “Regulating the Social Work Profession in South-East Asia.

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Most home care providers have seen fall in number of hours commissioned by councils – survey

Community Care

Most home care providers have seen a fall in the number of hours of care councils have commissioned from them, research has found. Half of agencies (48%) reported a fall of 25% in the number of hours of care available to them to deliver, with a further 32% reporting decreases of less than this, found the Homecare Association. The sector umbrella body surveyed members in July and August 2023, receiving responses from 225 agencies which, between them, provided care to almost 43,000 people and had

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Social Work’s Critical Role in Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Social Work Blog

Article by Diana Ling, MA, Program Manager; and Anna Mangum, MSW, MPH, Senior Health Strategist; Health Behavior Research and Training Institute, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin. Drinking during pregnancy is more common than you might think. About one in 20 pregnant people report binge drinking in the past 30 days, and up to five percent of school children in the U.S. may have fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs), a range of lifelong behavioral, intellect

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Have You Stepped Up for Extended Kin?

Gary Direnfeld

Some kin step up to help a sibling, nephew or niece. They are there against all odds. Often it’s a rescue mission, perhaps saving the kin from themselves or a situation beyond their control. All too often, it’s thankless. So, on behalf of those persons you’ve stepped up for, let me thank you. Even if the person is problematic and continues to have problems, the likelihood is that they are still better off for what you have provided.

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Lib Dems’ Ed Davey to make £5bn-a-year pledge on care in England

The Guardian

On eve of party conference, leader says he feels a heavy responsibility to help get Conservatives out of power Ed Davey is to pledge a £5bn-a-year guarantee of free care packages for all in England as the Liberal Democrats gather for their first in-person conference since 2019. Desperate to translate recent byelection successes into a mass haul of parliamentary seats, the Lib Dem leader plans to use the event in Bournemouth, which starts on Saturday, to become the first of the major UK political

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Never Say These 3 Things to Someone With Anxiety

Social Work Haven

Anxiety is one of the most common mental illness. According to Trevor (2017), anxiety is a normal healthy reaction. It happens to everyone at times of danger or when worried about situations. BUT, there are things you should never say to someone with anxiety. So, what is anxiety? Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry and apprehension about what’s to come.

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Call for Expressions of Interest to host the SWSD 2026 Conference

International Federation of Social Workers

The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) is calling for expressions of interest (EOI) for organising and hosting the 2026 World Conference on Social Work and Social Development (SWSD2026).

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Cafcass starts prioritising London private law cases to ‘maintain safe workloads for social workers’

Community Care

Cafcass has started prioritising the allocation of “less urgent” private law cases in London to help maintain safe workloads for its social workers. The decision to institute the prioritisation protocol comes on the back of a 27% rise in the number of private law applications in the capital over the past 12 months. The family courts body said the decision was also driven by the challenges it and partners faced in maintaining staffing levels and the impact of ongoing family court dela

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NCCPR news and commentary round-up, week ending September 26, 2023

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

● What does it really mean to confuse poverty with “neglect”? This heartbreaking, thoroughly reported story from CT Mirror has all the nuance and all the angles. ● Among those quoted in the story: Kelley Fong, whose new book, Investigating Families has been called by Prof. Martin Guggenheim “the best book of its kind I’ve ever read.” Prof. Fong will be interviewed at the second of these two events sponsored by the City University of New York School of Law.

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Eye Twitch And Anxiety: How They Are Related?

Blurt It Out

Occasional eye twitches (myokymia) can be distressing. If you’ve noticed your own eyelids twitching, you may wonder, “Why is this happening?” Understanding the potential underlying causes of twitching eyes can help determine what you may be able to do about it. At times eyelid twitching can be mild and go away on its own, as would be the case with some cases of eyelid myokymia. [1] However, eye twitching may also indicate a more serious underlying problem.

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