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No new funding for children’s social care reforms in Tory manifesto despite £2.6bn care review bill

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. The Conservatives have allocated no new funding to reforming children’s social care in their election manifesto, despite the blueprint for the changes carrying a £2.6bn bill. The manifesto, issued yesterday , made two specific pledges on children’s social care, to create more places in children’s homes and to expand befriending and mentoring programmes for care leavers.

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Medication for Depression or Anxiety

Gary Direnfeld

If you have been prescribed medication for depression or anxiety, it is important to know it can take a good four to six weeks before you truly feel the benefit. Unlike a Tylenol for a headache which usually reaches therapeutic level in about 20 minutes, medications for depression and anxiety literally takes weeks. If there are side affects, the most common being headache, nausea, upset stomach, sleep disturbance, most subside in two to three weeks.

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5 Best books on making case management less painful

Save the Social Worker

Being a case manager , is hard. We get it. You’re swamped, always. Wake up, check your phone, and you immediately see dozens of messages asking for your attention. Your boss is asking you for a meeting to discuss another work project about the staff retreat. You see your client messaging you over Whatsapp Business, trying to get your attention. Then there are the emails that have already started streaming in.

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Launch of Ubuntu Platform: IASSW International Project

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

You are cordially invited to the launch of the Launch of Ubuntu Platform funded by IASSW International Project on Friday, 14 June | 08AM-12PM WAT | 09AM-1PM CAT/SAT | 10AM-2PM EAT. || Rationale and Purpose of the Project -There is evidence that the philosophy of Ubuntu can play a huge role in transforming and decolonising social work learning, teaching and practice.

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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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Third of recent infant care cases involved parents with learning disabilities or difficulties – research

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. A third of recent infant care cases involved parents with learning disabilities or difficulties, research has found. However, in most cases, parents’ conditions were only identified at the court stage, in part because social workers lacked the time and training to do so.

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When Your Co-Parent is a N-rcissist

Gary Direnfeld

One of the more challenging realities when in a parenting dispute with a n-rcissist, is coming to terms with the fact that no one will rescue you. Not the courts, not your lawyer, not any therapist. It’s a harsh reality. Rather, one must learn how to cope, how to manage the n-rcissist, how to handle kids being adversely influenced, how to best navigate the court system.

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Nearly half of England’s care workers get less than real living wage, study finds

The Guardian

Exclusive: Campaigners say next government should match policy in Scotland and Wales ensuring adequate pay Nearly half of all care workers in England earn less than a real living wage, according to research. Analysis by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) for the Living Wage Foundation found that 400,000 workers in social care (43% of the workforce) in England are paid less than £12 an hour, the amount required to cover living costs.

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Conservative manifesto pledge to implement cap on care costs is unfunded, warns think-tank

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. A Conservative manifesto pledge to implement a cap on adult social care costs and associated charging reforms is unfunded, a think-tank has warned. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said the plan to implement the changes in October 2025 would require cuts elsewhere, because the funding originally allocated to the scheme had been diverted and the party did not allocate any funding to th

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Parents: Launching Pads and Guidance Systems

Gary Direnfeld

At fourteen she was fawning over a guy. The guy was also fourteen. School was a distant afterthought for her. What she wanted was that boy. He was a decent boy. Naïve. Good family. She certainly distracted him. He was also her distraction. She needed distraction from her life at home. She put on a brave face. She presented so lovely. It was a mask. The mask covered all that she saw.

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Remembering Joseph (Joe) Bankoff

National Casa Gal

We are deeply saddened to share that Joseph R. Bankoff, long-time member, and former Chair of the National CASA/GAL Board of Trustees, passed away on June 10. Read More. The post Remembering Joseph (Joe) Bankoff appeared first on National CASA/GAL Association for Children.

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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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Britain’s judges are sick of locking up children who just need help. Why has nothing been done?

The Guardian

Lack of provision for complex cases is a moral failure by our ‘civilised’ country, says a former president of the high court’s family division The BBC recently reported extensively on the rising and excessive use of deprivation of liberty (DoL) orders on vulnerable children. What was described is shocking and the stories they reported are heartbreaking.

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How prioritisation tool can help councils tackle their DoLS backlogs

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. By Lorraine Currie The number of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) cases handled by English councils hit another record high in 2022-23. Though councils completed a record 289,150 applications, the backlog grew by 2%, to 126,000, and the average duration of completed cases increased from 153 to 156, year on year.

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Big Feelings, Tension, Fear…

Gary Direnfeld

Abandonment. That sense of being left behind. It’s so triggering. Then when the distance is bridged and the dramatic reconnection wears, the doubt sets back in. Then the sabotaging. Not sure if it’s oneself or the other. It’s just insecure again. The ambivalence creates tension yet again. It can’t be tolerated and away they go again.

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Victims of abuse in foster care shpuldn´t have to choose between compensation and justice

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

Private foster care agencies in New York tell victims of abuse on their watch: If we don´t get a taxpayer bailout, you won´t get compensation for what was done to you. A lawyer for survivors apparently agrees. Last month, I wrote a column for the New York Daily News about the attempt by New Yorks´s private foster care, group home and residential treatment agencies to get a taxpayer bailout of up to $200 million.

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Social care is a timebomb beneath Britain – why does neither main party have a plan to tackle it? | Gaby Hinsliff

The Guardian

Plans to fund adult care have been derided as a ‘dementia tax’ or a ‘death tax’. The carers I visited showed me that what they need is both urgent and simple In a church hall in suburban Croydon, south London, a familiar Beatles medley plays. The crowd sways and sings along, and an 80-year-old woman reaches out to hold her husband’s hand. Paul has vascular dementia and can no longer speak, but he smiles occasionally as if in recognition.

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Response to the PUSWP call for the expulsion of the IUSW

International Federation of Social Workers

This statement is a response to the Palestinian Union of Social Workers and Psychologists (PUSWP) call for the Israeli Union of Social Workers (IUSW) to be expelled by IFSW.

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Even Burned Out, Kids Needs You

Gary Direnfeld

You may be a burned out parent. You can recognize it by giving into your kids’ demands while complaining they don’t listen. You may find yourself trying to buy their understanding and reasonable behavior while thinking they are ungrateful and/or spoiled. You may be seeking help for them, hoping someone else can either talk some sense into them or help them see how good they’ve got it.

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Palliative Care in Oncology is Necessary—But How Do We Define It?

CAPC

OncLive article discusses how quality of life (QOL) is a crucial measure in cancer care, but achieving these goals with palliative care can be challenging due to various barriers.

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Vulnerable children locked up and ‘gravely damaged by the state’, England’s former top family judge warns

The Guardian

Sir James Munby says measure reflects government’s ‘shocking moral failure’ to help those with complex needs • Britain’s judges are sick of locking up vulnerable children who just need help. Why has nothing been done? Vulnerable children with complex needs are being locked away in unregulated placements and are being “gravely damaged by the state” while their parents are driven to despair, according to England’s former top family judge.

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NASW CEO Anthony Estreet says taking care of mental health crucial for Black fathers

Social Work Blog

NASW CEO Anthony Estreet, PhD, MBA, LCSW-C, was part of a special Father’s Day segment hosted by WVON-AM radio in Chicago that focused on Black fatherhood. Studies indicate Black fathers, even when absent from the home, tend to be more engaged with their children than fathers of other groups. However, Estreet said Black fathers can experience mental health stressors that other groups do not and it is important they seek out therapy, including from clinical social workers. “Black men

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Sierra Leone National Social Work Conference 2024 Concludes with a Focus on Regulation and Ethical Standards

International Federation of Social Workers

The Sierra Leone Association of Social Workers (SLASW), in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Welfare, successfully hosted the National Social Work Conference 2024 on April 29th at the Tunde […]

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Palliative Care for Native American Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma

CAPC

ASCO study examines the use of and factors associated with receiving palliative care in Native American patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).

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‘I literally work to pay bills’: A care worker’s struggle to make ends meet

The Guardian

As research reveals half of care workers in England earn less than living wage, Matt shares his own struggle in the sector Nearly half of all care workers in England are paid less than the living wage, according to research. Analysis carried out by the Institute for Public Policy Research for the Living Wage Foundation found that 400,000 workers in social care are paid less than £12 an hour, the amount required to cover living costs.

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Daphne Watkins Receives Research Grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Michigan Social Work

Professor Daphne Watkins is the principal investigator in a new R01 research grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute titled “Addressing Structural Racism in Heart Failure Care and Outcomes: A Mixed Methods Evaluation of The Social Structure of Care Delivery.” The goal of the project is to develop a comprehensive understanding of structural barriers as well as facilitators for equitable care and outcomes, and to develop a best practices toolkit to address structural racism and di

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NASW supports Older Americans Act advocacy efforts

Social Work Blog

The Older Americans Act (OAA) funds social services and programs such as nutrition programs, family caregiver support, elder abuse prevention, and more. NASW submitted comments ( bit.ly/NASW_OAA_2023comments ) to the Administration for Community Living (ACL) in response to a proposed rule that would update federal regulations for programs that receive OAA funding; NASW supported the proposed rule and offered recommendations to strengthen the regulations.

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Researchers Study Oncologic Outpatient Palliative Care Referral Utilization

CAPC

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology suggests surgical oncologists should increase referrals, as well as earlier initiation.

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The Guardian view on care failures: vulnerable children need homes, not court orders | Editorial

The Guardian

The lack of suitable placements for at-risk young people has led to a huge rise in deprivation of liberty orders. Family judges are right to be furious Seven years ago, Sir James Munby , then the president of the family division of the high court, issued a highly unusual public judgment. Denouncing a “disgraceful and utterly shaming lack”, he called for an overhaul of council provision for children who need intensive support in a residential setting.

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Addressing Workplace Violence in Post-Acute Care

Relias

Workplace violence is a widespread problem in the healthcare industry, affecting the safety and well-being of nurses. A new survey conducted by Nurse.com for the 2024 Nurse Salary and Job Satisfaction Report revealed a concerning trend in workplace violence in post-acute care settings. Nurses shared information about experiencing workplace violence that included verbal abuse, intimidation, physical assaults or abuse, and sexual assault or abuse not only by their patients or the patient’s family

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Social Workers Present at International Symposium on Elder Abuse

Social Work Blog

NASW Social Work Pioneer® and Maryland Chapter member Sandra Edmonds Crewe and Chris Herman, senior practice associate at NASW, were among the seven social workers invited to present at the USC Judith D. Tamkin International Symposium on Elder Abuse. The theme was The Elder Mistreatment Ecosystem: Emerging Innovations and Evolving Ideas. In the photo, from left, are Jeanine Yonashiro-Cho, postdoctoral fellow, USC Keck School of Medicine, Sandra Edmonds Crewe, dean at Howard University School of

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Disparities Found in Palliative Care Utilization among Men with Prostate Cancer

CAPC

Renal and Urology News article summarizes a study presented at ASCO highlighting significant disparities in palliative care utilization for men with prostate cancer.

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Terri Gilbert Receives Youth Justice Lifetime Achievement Award

Michigan Social Work

Lecturer Terri Gilbert has received the Youth Justice Lifetime Achievement Award from the Michigan Center for Youth Justice. “This work is not done by one person alone, this award is more than a personal accolade; it is a testament to the collective efforts of many,” said Gilbert. “I extend my heartfelt gratitude to countless dedicated colleagues, advocates and mentors who have been a part of this journey and, most importantly, the young people and families whose lives we strive to impact every

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All About the Vagus Nerve

Beautiful Voyager

Vagus Nerve Notes gathered from various resources by Amanda Joyce Photo by Basil James In the past three months, my understanding of how to navigate my dysregulated nervous system has been super-charged through my learnings about polyvagal theory and the inner workings of the vagus nerve. I read Stanley Rosenberg’s seminal book on the topic and met regularly with an incredible somatic educator / coach, Amanda Joyce , who has helped me put the pieces together in a new way.

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Prioritizing Safety: Legislation, Training Can Help Keep Social Workers Safe on the Job

Social Work Blog

By Sue Coyle In February, Lynn Stanley, LICSW, executive director of the NASW New Hampshire and Vermont chapters, testified before Vermont’s Senate Committee on Health and Welfare. Her testimony came nearly a year after a Vermont social worker—the second in eight years—was killed while on the job. The state’s Department of Mental Health, in consultation with NASW-Vermont and numerous other organizations, is seeking to amend an established bill to create a work/study group to review the research

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Proactive Symptom Management Improves Outcomes for Advanced Cancer Patients

CAPC

ASCO study reveals how outpatient palliative care, introduced early, improved symptoms, quality of life, and mood for people with cancer.

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Daphne Watkins Receives Pynn-Silvermann Lifetime Achievement Award

Michigan Social Work

Professor Daphne Watkins has received the Pynn-Silverman Lifetime Achievement Award from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association. The award was established to honor individuals whose achievements over a career demonstrate the highest degree of commitment to excellence in authoring works to advance their discipline, encouraging and supporting the work of colleagues, and educating students in the field.