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Free Loaves on Fridays: 100 care experienced children and adults tell their story

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. Free Loaves on Fridays , a new anthology containing letters, stories and poems by 100 care experienced children and adults, was launched last week. The book, edited by Rebekah Pierre, professional officer at the British Association of Social Workers (BASW), features contributions from people aged 13 to 68, from renowned poet and author Lemn Sissay to first-time writers. “The book hold

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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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Mental Health Is A Marathon: Why Exercise Helps Mental Well-being

MQ Mental Health

This weekend is the London Marathon and we at MQ are getting very excited for a number of reasons. Not only are there a number of runners raising money for vital mental health research (Which you can too in the future ) but also we’re excited because running is an excellent way to relieve stress and anxiety. Medical research has shown that running and other forms of exercise can have numerous benefits for mental health, reducing anxiety, depression and sensitivity to stress.

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The film Listener shows the tension – and rewards – of crisis hotline work

Social Work Blog

By Greg Wright, NASW Communications Director While most of the nation is sleeping, the work of overnight crisis hotline worker “Beth” is just beginning. Working remotely from home, still wearing a bathrobe and a chemise, Beth takes calls from people experiencing a variety of crises. An Afghanistan War veteran still haunted by nightmares of a civilian mother he accidently shot and killed; a woman living with mental illness who no longer has health insurance and is off her medications

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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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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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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

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Second Chance Act Reintroduced: Seminal Criminal Justice Reform Legislation

Social Work Blog

By NASW Staff On April 16, 2024, the House of Representatives reintroduced a truly seminal bipartisan criminal justice reform bill called the Second Chance Act (SCA). This news of the reintroduction of SCA is more gratifying when we realize that it coincides with the act’s 16 th anniversary. This legislation, originally passed in 2008, came about through years of advocacy and activism from the criminal justice reform community– in collaboration with SCA’s Congressional champion, Danny Davis (D-I

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Government readvertises chief social worker post at higher salary

Community Care

The government has readvertised the chief social worker for adults position at a higher salary , six months after it started recruiting for a successor to Lyn Romeo. The Department for Health and Social Care initially went out to recruit for the role in October 2023, offering external candidates £100,000 for taking up the position, with civil servants being appointed in line with internal pay rules.

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Work and pensions committee chair tells ministers to fix carer’s allowance issues

The Guardian

Stephen Timms says DWP letting unpaid carers incur ‘enormous accidental overpayments’ Ministers have been told to “immediately” fix the issues causing tens of thousands of unpaid carers to incur “enormous accidental overpayments” amid growing anger over the carer’s allowance scandal. Stephen Timms, the chair of an influential parliamentary committee, said he was “very troubled” that scores of carers were being forced into financial distress as a result of the government’s mistakes.

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Ethics Alive! The Ethics of Work-Based Versus Personal Advocacy

The New Social Worker

Be aware of the limits of agency-based advocacy and consider when it might be more appropriate to advocate using your personal time and resources. We must navigate the complexities of advocacy within organizational contexts with integrity.

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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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Criminalizing Abortion: Frightful Consequences for Marginalized Women

Social Work Blog

By Mel Wilson, LCSW The Arizona Supreme Court recently held that an 1864 law, which made nearly all abortions in that state illegal, was constitutional and could be enforced almost immediately. Because of the national repercussions of the ruling, there have been an outcry over the disregard for the reproductive rights of Arizona women and women throughout America.

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Labour still committed to cap on care costs, shadow minister tells sector leaders

Community Care

Labour is still committed to implementing the cap on care costs and related reforms to adult social care charging, the shadow care minister said yesterday. Andrew Gwynne told the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services’ (ADASS) annual spring seminar that, should the party win the forthcoming election, it would “seek to introduce” the changes first conceived of by economist Andrew Dilnot in a 2011 report for the then coalition government.

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UK policy denying visas to children of care workers faces legal challenge

The Guardian

Exclusive: Action by organisation supporting migrants argues new rules are discriminatory An organisation that supports migrant workers has launched a legal challenge against the government’s new policy to bar care workers from bringing children and partners to the UK, warning that it is “tearing families apart”. According to Migrants at Work, care workers have to choose between family life with their children and partners or getting a job as a health or social carer in the UK – they can no long

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Kathryn Libal, director of the Gladstein Family Human Rights Institute, has been promoted to full professor

University of Connecticut

On April 17, the University of Connecticut (UConn) Office of the Provost announced awards of promotion and/or tenure to faculty, including the School of Social Work’s Kathryn Libal, Ph.D. Since 2007, Libal has taught at both the School of Social Work (SSW) and the Gladstein Family Human Rights Institute (HRI), specializing in human rights, refugee resettlement, social welfare and qualitative research methods.

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Hallucinations & the Mental Health Act

The Masked AMHP

I’ve recently read Oliver Sacks’ excellent book Hallucinations. It contains a wide range of accounts of different medical conditions that can produce hallucinations or hallucinatory experiences. As Sacks says: “In the popular imagination hallucinatory voices are almost synonymous with schizophrenia – a great misconception, for most people who do hear voices are not schizophrenic.

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The 10th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health

International Federation of Social Workers

Social Workers Unite: The 10th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health Calls for Participation Melbourne, Australia – Social workers around the world are invited to join […]

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Hailed as a hero and then sacked: the carer’s allowance whistleblower

The Guardian

Enrico La Rocca helped expose profound failures but less than a year later was dismissed by the DWP – and then later rehired Sunak under pressure to grant carers amnesty Almost exactly five years ago, Enrico La Rocca was hailed by MPs as a hero, a whistleblower whose tenacity had helped expose profound failures at the heart of the government’s vast benefits agency, resulting in tens of thousands of vulnerable unpaid carers being unfairly fined and prosecuted.

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Mental Health Community Reacts: Conservatives Cause Concern

MQ Mental Health

One week ago, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak gave a speech causing concern when it comes to words he used about mental health. Language can be powerful, particularly in regards to mental health conditions. During this election year (2024), when party leaders want your votes, mental health has been thrust to the forefront of certain political policies.

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Second Chance Act Reintroduced: Seminal Criminal Justice Reform Legislation

Social Work Blog

By NASW Staff On April 16, 2024, the House of Representatives reintroduced a truly seminal bipartisan criminal justice reform bill called the Second Chance Act (SCA). This news of the reintroduction of SCA is more gratifying when we realize that it coincides with the act’s 16 th anniversary. This legislation, originally passed in 2008, came about through years of advocacy and activism from the criminal justice reform community– in collaboration with SCA’s Congressional champion, Danny Davis (D-I

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Iranian Social Workers Celebrate World Social Work Month

International Federation of Social Workers

Iranian Social Workers Celebrate World Social Work Month Iranian social workers actively participated in World Social Work Day (WSWD) and the month-long celebration in March 2024.

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Ministers pledge to publish long-buried study into impact of fines on carers

The Guardian

DWP carried out research in response to criticism five years ago but has consistently refused to publish it Ministers have pledged to publish a long-buried internal study into the emotional and financial impact of fines and prosecutions incurred by tens of thousands of unpaid carers for falling foul of strict carer’s allowance earnings rules. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) agreed to carry out the research at the insistence of MPs five years ago after they criticised it for having no

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Continuing the momentum: Honouring the legacy of Lea Milligan

MQ Mental Health

Following last weeks sad news of the passing of MQ’s CEO Lea Milligan, MQ’s executive team have vowed to maintain the momentum he built. The executive team, made up of Director of Finance and Operations Jey Balakrishnar, Director of Research Partnerships and Development Emily Wheeler and Head of Marketing Bryony Doughty are jointly leading the organisation for the interim.

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Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Attending to the Existential Experience

CAPC

Why it's important to address the existential needs of people living with serious illness and how to recognize and respond to these concerns.

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Report on World Social Work Day commemorative events in Japan

International Federation of Social Workers

The Japanese Federation of Social Workers, JFSW, recognizes World Social Work Day as an opportunity for domestic social workers to learn and think about social work around the world as […]

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Ex-Post Office executive says she does not recall email telling her Horizon terminals could be remotely accessed – UK politics live

The Guardian

Angela van den Bogerd says she forgot about email in 2010 saying cash balances in post office operators’ accounts could be remotely accessed Humza Yousaf, the SNP leader and Scottish first minister, is holding a press conference now. He says he has been in the post for little more than a year. We are investing record [sums in the NHS], ensuring it can employ record numbers of staff delivering the best performing A&E units in UK.

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Tips to Stay Motivated

Prosper Health Collective

It’s a brand new year, and we are few months into the year. Most people start off the year with new year resolution, and sometimes we find ourselves struggling as time progresses into the year. That’s normal, because creating and sustaining habits takes time and some practice. Here are some tips to build motivation, and keep you motivated. Purpose. Identify what it is that you are trying to achieve, and why.

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Shelter, Inc. Receives National Accreditation

Shelter, Inc

Shelter, Inc. has achieved national accreditation through COA Accreditation, a service of Social Current. Shelter, Inc. is a child welfare agency that works to end the cycle of child abuse and neglect through comprehensive and community-based services for children and families at risk and in need. Organizations pursue accreditation to demonstrate the implementation of best practice standards in the field of human services.

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Program Helps Adults with Intellectual, Developmental Disabilities on Cancer Journey

CAPC

All about Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's neuro-inclusive oncology care and empowerment program, which was designed to support adults living with cancer, who also have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

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Sierra Leone National Social Work Conference

International Federation of Social Workers

National Social Work Conference Aims to Shape the Future of Social Work in Sierra Leone Freetown, Sierra Leone – The Sierra Leone Association of Social Workers (SLASW), in collaboration with […]

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Ignorance still stalks the land

The Guardian

Beveridge’s giants | Carers | Cash-strapped Tories | Early Christmas | Bird’s birthday Beth Riding writes of the “five giants” William Beveridge wanted to overcome in 1942 still stalking the land ( I’m 17 and haven’t seen a dentist for four years. This is life in England’s NHS dental deserts, 17 April ). Agenda Publications noted this and asked five writers to discuss how far the giants had been overcome, in five books published in 2022: Disease on health, Ignorance on education, Idleness on emp

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I deserve this (a challenge to retrain your brain)

Living Sober

Try this 'I deserve it' exercise and see if it helps shift your thinking around booze.

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How the Mentor-Mentee Relationship Helps You Evolve as a Clinician

CAPC

A seasoned clinical leader highlights the importance of mentorship throughout your career and shares advice on how to find a mentor, maintain the relationship, and more.

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Compassionate Care: Elderly Protection and Advocacy

University of Connecticut

Qur-an Webb, MSW Thursday, August 22, 2024 Live Webinar 2 pm – 4 pm 2 CECs Registration Fee: $50 10% discount for UConn SSW Alumni and Current SSW Field Instructors This training addresses a critical concern in today’s society by focusing on the protection of the elderly from abuse and neglect. Participants will examine the various forms of mistreatment that older individuals may face and explore strategies for prevention, detection, and intervention.

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NCCPR in the Arizona Capitol Times: DCS is on probation; here’s how to fix it

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

The Arizona Legislature has, in effect, put the Department of Child Safety on probation, allowing it to continue to function for another four years instead of the customary eight The decision is a healthy recognition that DCS, both in its current form and when it was a division of the Department of Economic Security, often does enormous harm to the children it is meant to help.

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Good Foods For Depression: The Ultimate Guide

Blurt It Out

What we eat plays a much bigger role in our overall well-being than we might think. Improving our diet may not only help our physical health, but our mental health too. Read our guide to find out which foods can help ease symptoms of depression. The best foods for boosting our mood and energy Our diet plays an important role in how well we feel. Some foods can affect blood glucose and insulin levels, which in turn cause our blood sugar to drop.