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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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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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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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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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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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Overcoming the barriers to contact between siblings separated by the care system

Community Care

By Kirsty Hammonds, Coram In my role as child placement consultant in Coram’s activity days team, I come across many siblings who will not be able to live together permanently. This may be due to older siblings already having been adopted or even being deemed too old to be adopted and therefore remaining in long-term foster care. Also, some children are part of very large siblings groups, where it is just not possible for them to all to stay living together.

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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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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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‘A kick in the teeth’: DfE axes social work leadership training programme

Community Care

The Department for Education has axed a social work leadership training programme in what has been described as a “kick in the teeth” for the profession. The DfE will not renew funding for the Pathways programme when its initial two-year period comes to an end in July, revealed Frontline yesterday. The charity, which delivers the training to practice supervisors, middle managers, heads of service and assistant director in council children’s services, said the “unexpected&

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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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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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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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‘Why practice education research must be catalyst for tackling longstanding issues facing role’

Community Care

By Leeanne Olivant, NOPT In the dynamic landscape of social work, practice educators (PEs) stand as vital pillars. The role’s critical importance in nurturing the next generation of social workers and retaining experienced practitioners was highlighted in a Social Work England-commissioned review, which reported last month. The National Organisation for Practice Teaching (NOPT), which represents PEs across the country, warmly welcomes the report as a long-overdue acknowledgement of the pivotal c

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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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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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Of course a society that demonises poverty will try to prosecute vulnerable, unpaid carers | Zoe Williams

The Guardian

The scandal, revealed by the Guardian, didn’t occur in a vacuum. The right’s casting of the poor as parasitic benefits cheats underpins it all The unpaid carer’s allowance in this country is £81.90 a week. It’s hard to see what serious thought went into arriving at that figure – any calculation of how much it costs to live on, for instance, or how much an unpaid carer is saving the government.

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How to Advocate for Yourself in a Doctor’s Appointment

Nnatasha Tracy

It can be difficult to know how to advocate for yourself in a doctor's appointment. I've been faced with this for years, and I still sometimes find it difficult. However, forming a patient-doctor alliance where you work together is part of a comprehensive wellness plan. In order to participate in this, you must be able to advocate for your own needs and wants.

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Yes Minnesota DOES have the money to implement the African-American Family Preservation Act

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

“We don’t have enough money to stop being racist!” Well, no, county family police agencies in Minnesota (where counties run these systems) didn’t say it in those words. But in this excellent story from Minnesota Public Radio that’s essentially the argument put forth by county family policing agencies opposing a new version of the Minnesota African American Family Preservation Act.

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What Anxiety Feels Like: Practical Strategies For Managing Anxiety

Blurt It Out

Anxiety is a prevalent mental health condition characterized by feelings of worry, fear, and unease. It’s essential to recognize that anxiety is a normal human emotion and serves as a protective mechanism in threatening situations. However, when anxiety becomes excessive or disproportionate to the situation, it can significantly impact daily functioning and overall well-being.

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‘Humiliated’: carer made to pay back £3.8k after mistake declaring income

The Guardian

Davina Ware applied for benefits to help look after husband Mike, 72, who has lived with Parkinson’s for 20 years The pain cuts through Davina Ware’s voice as she describes her experience of carer’s allowance, the meagre weekly benefit given to those heralded by the government as Britain’s “unsung heroes”. She feels “humiliated,” “devastated,” and “treated like a conniving thief” by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) since she received its demand, three months before her retirement, to r

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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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New three-year partnership for the Social Worker of the Year Awards

Social Work Awards

The Social Worker of the Year Awards is pleased to announce The British Association of Social Workers, BASW England, will become the new headline sponsor for the next three years. BASW is the UK’s largest professional membership organisation for social work across the UK and has a long relationship with the Awards, having been the Corporate Sponsor for many years.

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The Benefits Of Taking Time Off: How To Stop Feeling Guilty

Blurt It Out

Despite knowing that rest is vital to our well-being, many of us tend to struggle when it comes to actually going ahead and taking that time off. The stress and overwhelm that can be experienced at the thought of the knock-on effects of taking time off, can be enough to stop us in our tracks. So why do we feel so guilty even when we know we must stop and take time off?

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One in 52 Blackpool children in care as poverty soars in north of England

The Guardian

£25bn of public money would have been saved between 2019 and 2023 if north had same care entry rates as south, report says One in every 52 children in Blackpool are in care compared with one in 140 across England, leading to calls for more to be done to urgently tackle the widening north-south divide , brought on by “decades of underinvestment”. Nine in every thousand children are in care in the north, compared with six in the rest of England, according to a report by Health Equity North.

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Ask Nicole: Managing Nonprofit Mission & Funder Demands

Nicole Clark Consulting

Have a question you’d like to be featured? Let me know. I’ve been fortunate to work with a variety of client organizations, including philantrophy. Navigating grantee-funder relationships while staying true to your mission is complex. It’s a landscape where aspirations to create meaningful change often intersect with the practicalities of securing funding.

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The Joint Social Work & Social Development (SWSD2024) Panama conference celebration

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

A Global Celebration of Social Work and Social Development The SWSD2024 conference in Panama wrapped up on a high note on April 7th, 2024. This week-long event marked a significant step towards a more just and inclusive world. Over 1,500 social work professionals from 81 countries across five continents came together, furled by a shared vision of promoting social justice for all.

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Depression Decoded: Unveiling Symptoms And Effective Solutions

Blurt It Out

In a world where mental health struggles often remain invisible, depression stands as a silent yet pervasive force affecting millions. Understanding its symptoms is the first step toward reclaiming control over our well-being. Depression, often misconceived as mere sadness, encompasses a complex array of physical and mental manifestations. Physical Symptoms Of Depression Aches & Pains: Depression casts a shadow over the body, manifesting as unexplained aches and pains.

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‘Nowhere else is available’: how vulnerable children end up in illegal care homes

The Guardian

Harrowing court video hearings reveal plight of those unable to find a place in secure, registered accommodation The judge sitting in the family division of the high court can barely hide his concern and frustration as he listens to a barrister acting for Kent county council update him about the plight of a vulnerable 14-year-old girl in an unregistered, illegal children’s home run by a private company.

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School of Social Work Named #1 Social Work School in U.S.

Michigan Social Work

The School of Social Work has again been named the nation’s top social work school in U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 Best Graduate School rankings. Since 2012, our School has had the honor to be ranked # 1 in the nation. The rankings reflect the School’s steadfast role as a national leader in developing innovative knowledge, collaborating with communities, and educating the next generation of social workers who will shape practice and policy of the future.

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How to Create a Clinical Ladder To Improve Nurse Retention and Performance

Relias

A nursing clinical ladder program can help you retain, develop, and motivate your nursing staff. As a recognized and desirable advancement program, it can also provide a competitive advantage when recruiting new nurses for your healthcare organization. Here’s what you need to know to begin your clinical ladder initiative. What is a clinical ladder?

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Not Wanting To Leave The House Or Do Anything: Strategies For Moving Forward

Blurt It Out

It’s perfectly normal to experience times when we would prefer to stay in the comfort of our own home. Perhaps poor weather has limited outdoor activity, or we just feel as though we’re peopled out and need time to recoup. But when we find ourselves struggling with a fear of stepping into the outside world, it can begin to affect our well-being and impact our daily lives.

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Lemn Sissay: ‘brilliant’ plans to improve child social care ignored by ministers

The Guardian

Poet says government has rejected some 2022 MacAlister recommendations because reforming system is not a vote winner UK politics – latest updates The poet and broadcaster Lemn Sissay has accused ministers of ignoring “brilliant” recommendations to improve the “dysfunctional” children’s social care system in England because they are not vote winners.

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Watermelon Cooler

Living Sober

Using coconut water gives this drink a delightfully tropical edge.

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And the winner of the Kentucky Irony Derby is …

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

The Kentucky Derby isn’t run until May 4. But when it comes to the Kentucky Irony derby, we already have a winner! WDRB-TV in Louisville has a story with this headline: “Norton Children's opens new center combatting child abuse at the Home of the Innocents.” For a split second, I thought: Wow! They’re putting in monitors to stop the child abuse at Home of the Innocents – abuse exposed in this story from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.

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Emotional Intelligence Mastery: A Guide To Elevate Your Inner Strength For Well-Being

Blurt It Out

In the complex landscape of mental health, emotional intelligence serves as a guiding light, offering solace and resilience to those navigating the challenges of depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. It’s like having a good friend who helps us navigate life’s ups and downs. Understanding and nurturing emotional intelligence can empower individuals to better manage their emotions, cope with stress, and build healthier relationships.

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Sure Start could have changed everything for my family. Labour must be brave – and revitalise it | Terri White

The Guardian

A new report shows how transformational the initiative was. But Keir Starmer’s early-years plans lack the same vision Sure Start did change the lives of children, a new report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) told us last week. It not only improved educational outcomes for children, particularly kids from deprived areas, but also reduced later need for education, health and care plans for those with special educational needs and disabilities (Send), and paid for itself.