October, 2023

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Help Your Fellow Social Workers in Just Eight Minutes

Social Work Blog

We’re listening! Tell us what you know , think—and wish you knew—about client alcohol and other substance use. Eight minutes is all it takes to help us better train and educate social workers who serve clients who may be at risk for substance-related problems, including substance use disorders and substance-exposed pregnancies. Your responses will be completely anonymous.

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Almost half of social workers in Wales likely to quit profession over next five years, finds survey

Community Care

Almost half of social workers in Wales say they are likely to quit the profession over the next five years, a survey has found. Over three-quarters said that they felt stressed due to workload, while almost a quarter did not feel safe at work, according to the research carried out for Social Care Wales by Opinion Research Services (ORS). Overall, social workers expressed more dissatisfaction and lower morale than care staff and social care managers, who were also polled for the study, the first

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Are You Struggling With a Social Worker Personal Statement?

Social Work Haven

This personal statement will suit social work students who will soon qualify as social workers, and may want to look into applying for a Newly Qualified Social Worker role within children services. Having completed two placements as part of my social work degree, I have gained some experience in working with children and families. I have worked on a range of caseloads and worked effectively with other agencies to support vulnerable individuals within the community.

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Lifting Every Voice: The Power of Storytelling in Social Work

Beyond Advocacy

The power of storytelling in social work is the theme of our 2024 Social Work Day on the Hill and Student Advocacy Day events on March 13, 14, and 15. The very nature of social work requires lifting the voices of poor and vulnerable people so their stories are heard. We include an affected person in our congressional briefings because it is important to hear them tell of their lived experiences, and their stories are often the most persuasive advocacy for policy change.

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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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Moving from compliance to professional curiosity for social workers key to improvement – study

Community Care

Moving from expecting compliance from social workers to enabling them to exercise professional curiosity is a key factor in improving children’s services. Councils that had made progress highlighted the importance of giving practitioners the freedom to innovate, found the study on enablers of improvement in children’s services commissioned by the Local Government Association (LGA).

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Educational Assistants: Speaking out about their experience….

Gary Direnfeld

Yesterday I posed a question to Educational Assistants on my Facebook page. I asked how the year is going so far. There were 452 comments at the time of this post. This is reflective of the comments: “394 violent incident reports filed in 27 days of school, that is how our year is going in our board. In one class alone over 11 evacuations in 27 school days.

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Black History Month: inspirational lives, inspiring great careers in care

Social Care

Deborah Sturdy: Christabel Chinonso U worked as a social care nurse when she came to the UK from Nigeria in 2022. Keen to boost her confidence and be a positive influence, she participated in a DHSC supported Florence Nightingale Foundation leadership programme for social care nurses from global majority backgrounds in 2022-23. To mark Black History Month , we are proud to share Christabel’s story.

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We are delighted to launch the 2024 World Social Work Day Poster

International Federation of Social Workers

As we approach World Social Work Day 2024, we are excited to unveil the theme: “Buen Vivir: Shared Future for Transformative Change”, which is rooted in the Global Agenda and […]

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NASW Member Voices: What does it really mean to help?

Social Work Blog

By Chad Dion Lassiter, MSW Chad Lassiter, MSW This fall, I have returned to the classroom as a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and West Chester University and, as I have done so, I’m faced with students eager to become social workers. In part, I believe, it is because social work is one of the country’s fastest growing careers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that “the employment of social workers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2022 to 2032—faster than the average

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Courts to stop monitoring regulation of unregistered placements for children deprived of liberty

Community Care

The courts will stop monitoring the regulation of unregistered placements for children deprived of their liberty because of the “considerable burdens” this placed on the justice system. The president of the court’s family division issued revised guidance removing the provision this week, four years after it was introduced to deal with a marked increase in applications through the family courts to deprive children of their liberty.

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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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And Then, She Found Herself

Gary Direnfeld

She just didn’t know how to connect. It affected every relationship. Turns out her parents separated when she was two. The parents both went on to remarry. Their respected partners each had two kids of their own. That meant four step-siblings. The mom had another child, so a half-sibling, Her father didn’t have any more kids. All that by the time she was twelve and mom separated again.

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A message to foster youth from the “child welfare” establishment: Great news! We’ve ruined your lives, but you’re getting free haircuts!

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

That’s the real message behind a monthly newsletter touting “the good stuff in child welfare.” As foster children returned to school in September, the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice, & Research at the University of Pennsylvania had some great news for them: Sure, it may be your third, fourth, or fifth different school in a few years as you were forced to move from home to home, and sure, the odds that you’ll actually graduate high school are far lower than the odds for children

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Choice and control in the adult social care sector

Social Care

Person centred care is an ideal pursued throughout the UK. [Image: freepik.com ] A consensus on care In the last ten years, landmark legislation and policy frameworks in all nations have sought to create social care systems which are more person-centred and support individuals to have more choice and control. In England, the adult social care white paper, People at the heart of care , wants to see more people having ‘choice, control and support to live independent lives’.

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NASW-DRC: Sustainable Change Through Agricultural Empowerment

International Federation of Social Workers

In the face of ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-DRC) has made significant strides in empowering vulnerable communities in the […]

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What a Small Group of Committed Citizens Can Achieve: Reflecting on 10-years of Impact by the Alliance

Social Service Workforce

by Kathryn Conley Wehrmann , PHD, LCSW, Global Social Service Workforce Alliance Steering Committee Chair "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has…" -Margaret Mead

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Review into ‘complex and fragmented’ social care laws for disabled children begins

Community Care

A review into the “complex and fragmented” social care legal framework for disabled children has opened. The Law Commission will examine how the legal framework – some of which dates back over five decades – can be reformed to improve consistency, clarity and fairness for children and parents. The Department for Education commissioned the review as part of its draft strategy, Stable Homes, Built on Love , in response to the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care.

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Donuts, Leaves, and Kids

Gary Direnfeld

All those leaves. When our son was a young teen we had a basketball net on the side of the driveway. I kept it in perfect shape. All the kids in the neighborhood knew they could use it. They did. They even had permission to knock on the door if a car was in the way and they wanted to play. They did. Come fall with the leaves off our colorful maple making for a blanket on the front lawn, I stepped out to talk to a group of kids who gathered to play basketball.

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A Byrd’s Eye View of Self-Care: Sometimes It’s Okay—And, Actually Necessary—To Be “Selfish” and “Lazy”

The New Social Worker

Why isn’t it okay for me to take a few minutes out of my day and focus solely on myself? Or, be completely disinclined to exert myself for one hour? Why am I expected to be excessively or exclusively concerned with others and constantly in motion?

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Social care and cyber-crime

Social Care

"We access and share sensitive information. precious data to a cyber criminal who can demand a ransom to release it or use it as. identify theft." [Image created by freepik.com ] Most care providers I speak to are increasingly aware of the value of going digital – it improves decision making through access to current information and increases efficiency.

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Launch of Global Agenda Theme 4: “Buen Vivir: Shared Future for Transformative Change”

International Federation of Social Workers

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 to launch the theme […]

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LAUNCH OF GLOBAL AGENDA THEME 4: “BUEN VIVIR: SHARED FUTURE FOR TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE”

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 delighted to launch the theme for the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development 2024: “ Buen Vivir: Shared Future for Transformative Change “. The theme will also be presented at the 2024 World Conference on Social Work and Social Development in Panama.

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Social care inequalities deepening due to cost of living crisis and squeezed council budgets, says CQC

Community Care

Inequalities in access to adult social care are deepening due to the cost of living crisis, staff shortages and squeezed council budgets. That was the message today from the Care Quality Commission in its annual State of health care and adult social care report. The regulator said council funding for care was not keeping up with need, with requests for care per 100,000 population up 4.9% from 2017-18 to 2021-22, while the numbers receiving care as a result fell by 2.2%.

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Biggest private children’s homes in England made £300m profit last year

The Guardian

Fee income for 20 largest operators – many private equity-owned – soars as councils struggle to meet costs The biggest private providers of children’s homes in England made profits of more than £300m last year, as concern mounts over the conditions some children are being placed in and the spiralling costs for councils. Fee income for the 20 largest operators of independent children’s homes totalled £1.63bn last year, a 6.5% increase on the previous year.

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Introducing National CASA/GAL’s new chief development officer Kate Kennedy

National Casa Gal

“I’m excited to join the team at the National CASA/GAL Association,” says Kennedy. “As a foster parent, I’ve seen firsthand the positive influence child advocates have on youth and their families. Read More. The post Introducing National CASA/GAL’s new chief development officer Kate Kennedy appeared first on National CASA/GAL Association for Children.

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NASW Maryland Chapter statement on Morgan State University mass shooting

Social Work Blog

We woke up this morning to heartbreaking news of yet another mass shooting, this time at our very own Morgan State University (MSU). The National Association of Social Workers Maryland Chapter (NASW Maryland) offers its condolences to the families and friends of the victims, as well as the entire community. For MSU students in need of assistance, the University Counseling Center is available to provide support by calling 443-885-3130 or online via UWill Counseling Services.

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21 October: Online COSW Policy Forum

International Federation of Social Workers

Dear Colleagues We warmly welcome you to join us for the second annual COSW Policy Forum (online): The contribution of the Commonwealth to Global Social Policy Calling all social workers and […]

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It’s Not “Just Poverty” – It’s UNjust Poverty

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

This morning, I gave a presentation with the above title At the Kempe Center International Virtual Conference: A Call to Action to Change Child Welfare Here is the text of that presentation Have you heard? Poverty is confused with neglect! At long last, almost 50 years after scholars like David Gil and Leroy Pelton pointed it out people are getting the message.

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Child protection enquiry total hits new annual high but proportion finding abuse continues to shrink

Community Care

The number of annual child protection enquiries has hit a new high but the proportion of those finding abuse or neglect has continued to fall, official figures show. Directors warned that the 3.5% hike in the number of section 47 enquiries, from 2021-22 to 2022-23, reflected the erosion of preventive services on the back of “a decade of austerity” At the same time, an academic specialising in the overemphasis of safeguarding risks said that the increasing number of section 47s that d

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Labour to omit social care reform from manifesto and scale back Lords plans

The Guardian

Dismay as key proposals are downsized in order to make election offer to voters ‘bombproof’ Labour is preparing to omit plans for large-scale reform of social care from its next election manifesto, scale back its plans for House of Lords reform during a first term in office, and recalibrate the way it presents its £28bn-a-year green prosperity plan as it prepares to put a “bombproof” offer to voters before polling day.

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The Adult Social Care Technology Fund: bid update

Social Care

"We wanted [a] funding offer to help us identify care tech solutions that could have potential for wider rollout within the care sector." [Image created by freepik.com ] What is the fund designed to achieve? The Digitising Social Care programme is funded by Department of Health and Social Care and delivered in partnership with NHS England. The programme aims to support the adoption of digital technologies in the adult social care sector.

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Free Mental Health Webinars, November 2023

Social Work.Career

This post is part of the monthly series, Free Webinars for Social Workers and Mental Health Professionals, featuring over 60 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, November 2023 appeared first on SocialWork.Career.

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Your chance to take part in the biggest global study of challenging working conditions of social workers

International Federation of Social Workers

All social workers are invited to help create the biggest overview of often-challenging working conditions of social workers around the globe. The survey is open until 15th December 2023.

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The Story of Efua*

Social Service Workforce

How Ghana's Integrated Social Services (ISS) provide comprehensive assistance to child survivors of sexual violence by Young Joo Lee, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF Ghana

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Half of councils given funding to recruit 461 social work apprentices to bolster children’s workforce

Community Care

Half of councils have been given a share of £11.7m to recruit 461 social work apprentices to bolster their children’s services workforces. The Department for Education funding will go to 79 of the 153 authorities, who were chosen following an application process. The trainees will be employed, and based, in their children’s services departments, and follow existing three-year university social work apprenticeship programmes, with councils then deciding whether to hire them on qualifi

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More English councils face bankruptcy, leaders warn, as deficits reach £4bn

The Guardian

Budgets ‘under pressure like never before’ due to inflation and rising demand for social care, with deep cuts to services likely Many more councils in England are at risk of bankruptcy, town hall leaders have warned, as unprecedented financial pressures force local authorities to prepare drastic cuts to services to cope with a collective £4bn deficit.