January, 2024

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Should you take a FSC social worker job?

Save the Social Worker

Its Christmas Eve. It’s nearly 8pm now. I’m sat at the hospital with a client, wondering what I should do. Should I go home to take a break, or should I continue staying? It’s Christmas tomorrow after all. But duty calls. And until this client feels assured of what will happen, I don’t think I can leave. Boundaries aren’t always crystal clear in FSC social work.

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Child in need cases opened up to non-social work staff despite risk concerns

Community Care

Child in need cases have been opened up to non-social work qualified staff despite concerns that the policy will increase risks to children. The Department for Education’s (DfE) revised version of Working Together to Safeguard Children has removed the previous requirement for child in need assessments and casework to be reserved for qualified social workers.

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Boosting careers in adult social care

Social Care

As the Department of Health and Social Care announces its adult social care workforce reform package , Oonagh Smyth, CEO of Skills for Care , gives her insight into what this means for recruiting, retaining and empowering the care workforce. The Care Workforce Pathway and Care Certificate will help new and existing care colleagues chart a bright and rewarding future [Image created by freepik.com ] A positive direction for social care I’m pleased we've begun 2024 with the Government's announcemen

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Young LGBTQ+ People in Residential Social Care Face Pervasive Discrimination and Unmet Need

The Social Care Elf

Happy New Year to one and all from down here in the woodland. To start us off with a bang for 2024, we have a blog from Lizzie Furber, one of our social care elf editorial team, highlighting a scoping review that is the first of its kind in the UK. Introduction LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, [read the full story.] The post Young LGBTQ+ People in Residential Social Care Face Pervasive Discrimination and Unmet Need appeared first on National Elf Service.

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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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Councils urged to join project to curb social workers’ workloads

Community Care

Councils have been urged to join a project to help curb the workloads of social workers in local authority children’s services departments. Fifteen authorities will scrutinise and test ideas and resources to tackle unnecessary burdens on practitioners in order to enable them to spend more time with children and families. The so-called review testing and implementation network (RTIN) will work alongside the national workload action group (NWAG), which the Department for Education (DfE) has

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How I Misunderstood the Meaning of Rest

My Brains Not Broken

It’s the wintertime, which means that we’re all tired, and the desire to do anything is as frozen as the weather. I often write about how challenging the wintertime can be for our mental health, and it happens every year. Like seasons, we go through our own cycles, reaching the same points across the calendar year. Even though January has become known as a time of resolutions and rebirth, I enjoy pushing back on that.

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Nairobi, Kenya to Host 2026 World Conference on Social Work and Social Development

International Federation of Social Workers

The tripartite committee comprising 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 delighted […]

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Unleashing career potential in adult social care

Social Care

"There will. be funding for hundreds of apprenticeships and digital training places so that new and existing care colleagues can keep pace with the latest digital innovations." [Image created by freepik.com ] New package of training, support and professional development It feels like a long time coming (and there’s nothing wrong with extensive preparation to get things right) but finally, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced a package of measures to elevate the true value, vari

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Backers of a bill that tries to legitimize hidden foster care in Virginia say it creates guardrails. On the contrary; it sends the rights of children and families careening off a cliff.

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

A judge in neighboring North Carolina says the same approach is unconstitutional, one county alone has paid more than $53 million to settle lawsuits and there even have been criminal charges. There are two very important things to know about the process by which a child welfare agency removes a child from a parent and places that child with some other kinship caregiver.

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400 additional social work apprenticeships on cards as councils invited to bid for £12m fund

Community Care

About 400 more social work apprentices could be recruited over the next year in England courtesy of a £12m fund designed to boost practitioner capacity adults’ services, announced by the government today. The Department of Health and Social Care is inviting expressions of interest from councils for up to £30,000 per apprentice to help them resource the recruitment, supervision and training of additional trainees, up to the end of March 2025.

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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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Mental Health Tips and Reminders to Start 2024

My Brains Not Broken

Hello friends, and Happy New Year! Since I’ve written several New Year’s posts on this blog, I thought I’d try my hand at it again in 2024. In past years, my messages around the new year have varied greatly. Early on in this blog’s history, I wrote about my rejection of New Year’s resolutions and the pressure they put on us.

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Think of this: a plan to ‘warehouse’ disabled people. What kind of nation is Britain becoming? | Frances Ryan

The Guardian

Cash-starved Bristol city council is not the real villain here, but its proposed strategy tells us some lives matter less than others If you want a symbol of this country’s shredded safety net, look no further than Mark in Bristol. For the past 30 years Mark, who has cerebral palsy, has lived in his accessible bungalow with the support of personal assistants.

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4 Ways Clinicians Can Address the Non-Physical Side Effects of Serious Illness

CAPC

All about the non-physical side effects of serious illness—including social determinants of health, financial toxicity, and time toxicity—and what clinicians should do to address them.

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2024: Leaning into the wind

Reimagining Social Work

As a Collective we have developed a practice of reflection on the year past and the challenges ahead. The following are individual messages, yet they coalesce as an affirmation of unity and resolve.

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In Iowa, one more family finds out what it’s like to be on the wrong end of family policing

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

In Iowa the family police agency is called the Department of Human Services “It really does change your whole perspective when a government body can accuse you of something you haven’t done, and they can remove your children.” -- Emily Donlin Impoverished parents, especially impoverished Black and Native American parents already have that perspective.

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Gove finds extra £500m for social care following last-ditch calls to ease council pressures

Community Care

The government has handed social care an extra £500m for 2024-25 following last-ditch pleas for ministers to ease funding pressures on councils. Levelling up secretary Michael Gove announced the top-up to the planned local government settlement for the coming financial year, in a statement to Parliament today. The funding will top-up the existing social care grant, which authorities can spend on either children’s or adults’ services.

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A Reflection on Comfort Zones

My Brains Not Broken

When you read the words comfort zone , what comes to mind? You might think of the way people tell us to leave them; you might wonder if you’re in one right now. A comfort zone might not be a place at all; it could be a feeling or a moment in time. It could even be a way of doing things you’re comfortable with, a routine or rhythm. Every year around this time, the idea of comfort zones pops into my head.

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One by one, England’s councils are going bankrupt – and nobody in Westminster wants to talk about it | John Harris

The Guardian

One in five say they will be insolvent by next year. These local crises add up to a national catastrophe that’s about to explode A new financial year looms. The government is reportedly in the mood for pre-election tax cuts; the opposition talks of iron fiscal discipline. And all around us, a familiar disaster grinds on: constant increases in demand on our most crucial public services, which the financially blitzed councils charged with providing them simply cannot meet.

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IFSW Statement on the Earthquake in Japan: “As social workers, our role in supporting the recovery and rebuilding efforts is crucial”

International Federation of Social Workers

IFSW extends its deepest sympathies and solidarity to the people of Japan following the devastating 7.5-magnitude earthquake in Ishikawa prefecture on Monday, 1 January 2024.

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The 10th International Consortium for Social Development-Asia Pacific Biennial Conference- Oct 22-25, 2024

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

The 10th International Consortium for Social Development-Asia Pacific Biennial Conference will be hosted by the Philippines on October 22-25, 2024. The overall conference theme is The Fifth Industrial Revolution Amidst Multifaceted Disruptions: Harnessing the Power of Social Development. Call for Abstracts Deadline: February 29, 2024 Approval of Abstracts: April 5, 2024 Deadline for Submission of Full Paper: July 1, 2024 For More details, please visit : [link] The post The 10th International Co

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Colorado shows how to get a task force on mandatory child abuse reporting – less wrong

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

The Colorado State Capitol In a surprising interim report, the task force says step one is narrowing definitions of abuse and neglect so they’re not conflated with poverty. The Task Force has agreed that it must first address Colorado’s current definition of child abuse and neglect. … Colorado’s current definition of abuse and neglect is too broad and conflates several circumstances – such as poverty – with child abuse.

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55,000 on waiting lists for child sexual abuse support services, estimates research

Community Care

An estimated 55,000 people are waiting for child sexual abuse support services in England and Wales, with average waits of six months, experts have warned. The Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse (CSA Centre) found that just half of services were able to meet demand for services including one-to-one therapy or counselling, group-based interventions, helplines or advocacy for child or adult victims/survivors and family members.

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Free Mental Health Webinars, February 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, February 2024 appeared first on SocialWork.Career.

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Modern slavery in social care surging since visa rules eased

The Guardian

Exclusive: exploitation in sector has soared with more than 10 times as many potential victims as in 2021 Modern slavery is surging in social care since ministers relaxed immigration rules to fill thousands of vacancies, with a growing wave of exploitation leading to workers being ripped off or living in squalor. Unpublished figures show at least 800 people working in care homes or people’s residences were charted as potential victims last year, more than 10 times the number recorded before the

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Practicing Self Compassion

Prosper Health Collective

As has been discussed already this month by Psychologist Darren West here at Prosper Self Compassion is one of the greatest gifts that we can give to ourselves. We so often spend time giving compassion to other people showing them we care, giving them our attention, help and empathy. What stops us turning this inwards and giving this to ourselves? Instead of mercilessly judging and criticizing yourself self-compassion means you are kind and understanding to yourself, giving yourself care and wa

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IASSW Announces The Release Of Social Dialogue Magazine # 28

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) has launched its volume 28 on “Aligning social work with sustainable development goals” Contributors from India, Malaysia, Germany, Spain, The Kingdom of Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Kyrgyzstan, USA and Indigenous Australia exemplify how social work is contributing to this vision for economic, social and environmental justice locally as well as internationally.

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A Practice Framework for Ultimate Youth Workers

Ultimate Youth Worker

A Practice Framework for Ultimate Youth Workers In the field of youth work, where the challenges are as diverse as the young people themselves, the difference between good youth workers and Ultimate Youth Workers is abundantly clear. What makes an Ultimate Youth Worker? To navigate this intricate landscape successfully, youth work practitioners need more than just skills and experience – they require a practice framework for Ultimate Youth Workers.

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More council ‘bankruptcies’ predicted as government rejects calls for extra social care funding

Community Care

Experts are predicting that more councils will declare ‘bankruptcy’ after the government rejected calls for extra social care funding for authorities in 2024-25. Think tank the Institute for Government (IfG) made the claim after the provisional local government finance settlement included no extra resource for authorities beyond that already committed, despite leaders’ calls for extra cash.

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Iranian National Social Worker’s Day Conference: Mediation as a Pathway to Peace

International Federation of Social Workers

On January 23rd, Iran marked its National Social Worker’s Day, coinciding with the birthday of Imam Ali, by hosting the 38th National Social Worker’s Day conference.

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Self-Care A-Z: An ARC for Self-Care—Appreciate, Recognize, and Construct

The New Social Worker

We realized we’ve each used a similar pattern to make small, positive changes in our lives. As a self-care approach, it gives a structure that can be replicated. We named the pattern ARC. Appreciate, Recognize, Construct. Give it a try.

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How mindfulness helps in developing self-compassion

Prosper Health Collective

It’s hard to be compassionate towards ourselves. It is quite a contrast to the relative ease with which we can be compassionate to others. We find it easy to extend compassion outwards, but not inwards. The absence of self-compassion often stems from deep-seated and unconscious behavioural patterns shaped by early developmental experiences, moulding core beliefs that influence individuals’ perceptions of themselves, others, and the world.

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Call for Book Chapters

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

SOCIAL WORK TODAY: IMPERATIVES AND IMPLICATIONS FOR TOMORROW “Social Work Today: Imperatives and Implications for Tomorrow” explores the evolving landscape of social work, addressing current challenges and paving the way for future impact. This insightful exploration delves into the dynamic intersection of societal needs, professional responsibilities, and the ever-changing context of human services, offering a nuanced perspective on the crucial role social work plays in shaping a be

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From social care to homelessness, what are the cost pressures facing English councils?

The Guardian

A decade of cuts has reduced local authorities’ ability to deal with key long-term issues, from child protection to an ageing society Angela Rayner: Tories’ council fund is cynical pre-election sticking plaster Barnet council’s ‘Graph of Doom’ now looks prophetic ‘Stuck without it’: Woking elderly residents face losing key transport Once vanishingly rare, the prospect English local authorities might go bust now offers no surprise: four councils have in effect gone bankrupt in the past year; othe

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Panel disappointed with ministers’ response to its proposals to boost safeguarding of disabled children

Community Care

Government safeguarding advisers have voiced their disappointment over ministers’ response to their recommendations to improve the safeguarding of disabled children in residential settings. The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel raised concerns over the fact that the government firmly accepted just two of the nine recommendations from its inquiry into the abuse of over 100 children and young adults in Doncaster from 2018-21.

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IFSW Leadership Engages in Nairobi for 2026 World Conference Bid Evaluation

International Federation of Social Workers

Meeting with the Cabinet Secretary for Labour and Social Protection Hon Florence Bore and the Principal Secretary for Social Protection, Mr Joseph Motari, with representatives from IFSW, Kenya National Association […]