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DHSC to publish every council’s waiting times for adult social care assessments and services

Community Care

The government plans to publish data on every council’s waiting times for adult social care assessments and services, it has revealed. The DHSC announced the plans in guidance on councils’ use of its ring-fenced market sustainability and improvement fund (MSIF) , a grant designed to drive improved performance in adult social care, including by cutting waiting times.

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The 14 best books to read as a social worker

Save the Social Worker

Take a look at your shelf now. Chances are, if you have a book on social work from university, you might have shelved it, never to read it again. Or you might wonder how to get rid of it by giving it as a Christmas present. Or it might be a paperweight for your growing pile of unsettled paperwork. And here I am telling you to read more social work books?

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DV – When the Teen Fights Back

Gary Direnfeld

Trigger warning. This post discusses violence against women. ——- I asked directly if there had ever been hitting between his parents. He spoke of how his dad was violent with his mother. When I asked if it ever stopped, he said it did, at least for a while. I asked how. He described a violent and chaotic scene. Dad was on a tirade, mother screaming.

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Mental Illness: What’s Data Science Got To Do With It?

MQ Mental Health

On Thursday 25 April 2024, the DATAMIND and MQ Data Science Meeting took place in Swansea. The DATAMIND Hub maximises data's value by safely and securely uniting data from many sources, including health records, schools and administrative data, charity data, research trials, genomics, longitudinal studies and cohort data. DATAMIND ensures data can be found through the UK Health Data Research Innovation Gateway, meaning researchers can use the data to help address complicated questions about ment

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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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Reform Mental Health Act and implement LPS: new ADASS president’s message to next government

Community Care

The next government should take forward reform of the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) and implementation of the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) in its first 100 days in office, the incoming Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) president has said. However, Melanie Williams said she was not expecting either major party to implement the cap on care costs and associated reforms to the adult social care charging system should they win the next election.

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The Evolution of Library Social Work

Social Work Blog

Libraries are gateways to accessing care, strengthening communities, and meeting people where they are Heather Rose Artushin, LISW-CP By Heather Rose Artushin, LISW-CP Now more than ever, libraries are much more than book depositories. They are living, breathing community centers, filled with people who have psychosocial needs – people who could benefit from the support of a social worker.

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Vulnerable teenagers ‘dumped and abandoned’ in hotels by councils in England

The Guardian

Campaigners say cash-strapped local authorities are placing young people in budget accommodation, making them targets for grooming by criminal gangs Vulnerable teenagers in care are being placed in hotels by cash-strapped councils, with experts warning they are being “served up” to criminal gangs. Children aged 16 to 17 are entering care in greater numbers than any other age group, often with complex needs, and experts say many councils in England now have nowhere to put them.

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DfE to collect data on children’s social worker salaries

Community Care

The government will collect data on social workers’ salaries in its annual census of the local authority children’s services workforce in England. Councils will be required to submit figures on each permanently employed practitioner’s base annual salary in next year’s census, for the 12 months ending 30 September 2025, according to guidance published this week by the Department for Education.

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IFSW Stands in Support of Pro-Peace Students in Universities Across the USA

International Federation of Social Workers

The Education Commission of the International Federation of Social Workers, expresses its steadfast support for the social work students and staff who have courageously participated in the pro-peace encampments at […]

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When One Parent Puts Down the Other

Gary Direnfeld

I feel for the child who’s told bad things about a parent either for revenge or just to “win” more time with their child. That poor child will grow up knowing they are half of each parent. If one half is deemed bad, then what does that child do with that part of themselves representing that parent? In such a situation, I can only hope the parent who is badmouthed, doesn’t do the same thinking it evens the score.

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

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Axing leadership training scheme risks undermining support for social workers, warn PSWs

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. The government’s axing of a social work leadership training scheme risks undermining support for practitioners as well as the retention of managers, principal social workers have warned. The chairs of the Principal Children and Families Social Worker (PCFSW) Network said the loss of the Pathways programme – used by all but 10 local authorities – had left a gap in managemen

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When Is ‘Staring Into Space’ A Sign That We Need To Focus On Our Mental Health?

Blurt It Out

We might have a friend who has a habit of staring off into space, always thinking about something completely obscure. Perhaps they seem to be in another world entirely, perfectly content in their alternate universe, yet they appear to function absolutely fine in ours when they bring themselves back down to earth. When they do, they will usually happily talk to us about whatever off-the-wall concept they were thinking about.

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Supporting Quality of Life Among Adults With Autism

Relias

Working with adults with autism offers both rewards and challenges. Empowering adults with autism to have a high quality of life involves supporting them in doing activities of their choice, spending time with people of their choice, and doing work that they enjoy. No matter the level of supports they require, everyone deserves to be able to pursue the goals that bring them joy.

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Guest Post: Postpartum Bipolar Disorder and Using a Vegan Ketogenic Diet for Bipolar Disorder by Dyane Harwood

Bipolar Bandit

I was diagnosed with postpartum bipolar I disorder in 2007 after my second daughter was born. I had treatment-resistant bipolar depression, and I tried over 20 meds to no avail. After my father died, I asked for ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) which saved my life. (I wouldn’t hesitate to get ECT again if I needed it.) Fast forward to 2013. I was stable but I was still depressed.

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Increasing qualification levels, linked to pay, under consideration in adult social care workforce strategy

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. Increasing qualifications levels for the adult social care workforce – linked to higher pay – is among the ideas under consideration by the group developing a 15-year strategy for the adult social care workforce. Other potential proposals include providing registered managers with a supported year in which to develop, developing a graduate training scheme for that role or making

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Fostering is getting a shot of much-needed millennial energy – just ask Kiri Pritchard-McLean | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

The Guardian

With Britain crying out for foster carers, my schoolfriend’s comedy show sheds light on what it’s like for those in their 30s What do you do if you always imagined a house full of children, but don’t want to be a biological parent? This was the dilemma facing one of my schoolfriends, the standup comedian Kiri Pritchard-McLean, who lives on Ynys Môn (Anglesey) with her partner.

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Book Review: Confronting the Racist Legacy of the American Child Welfare System

The New Social Worker

Read The New Social Worker’s book review of Confronting the Racist Legacy of the American Child Welfare System: The Case for Abolition by Alan Dettlaff. Reviewed by Stephen Cummings.

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Children and Grief: A Developmental Perspective

University of Connecticut

Ruth Pearlman, LCSW, LICSW, MEd Wed, June 5, 2024 10 am – 12 pm 2 CECs Registration Fee: $50 10% discount for UConn SSW Alumni and Current SSW Field Instructors Webinar link will be emailed when your registration is complete. Even before COVID children were grieving losses that were not largely recognized or understood. COVID has magnified the grief experience of children on multiple levels.

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DCS turnover rises for third consecutive year on back of high number of interim appointments

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. The turnover of directors of children’s services (DCSs) rose for the third consecutive year in 2023-24, on the back of high numbers of interim appointments and leaders moving between councils. In total, 62 DCS appointments were made across the 153 local authorities over the past year, up from 50 in 2022-23 and a recent low of 39 in 2020-21, revealed the Association of Directors of Chi

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COVID-19 Inquiry: The Missing Mental Health Impact

MQ Mental Health

Last week, a ruling was published rejecting calls from over 30 organisations to look at the impact the pandemic had on the mental health of children and adults as part of the Covid-19 Inquiry. The ruling, announced by Baroness Hallett, chair of the Inquiry, means that Module 3 of the Inquiry will look only at children’s inpatient care and not at other aspects of mental health in our communities during and post-pandemic.

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Getting from More to Enough: Leveraging Research, Policy, and Clinical Excellence to Grow Palliative Care

CAPC

CAPC's Brynn Bowman, MPA, and Diane E. Meier, MD, write an article about access to palliative care, calling for standardized payment, and highlighting initiatives to improve equity.

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Ask Nicole: What Would It Take for Our Organization to No Longer Exist?

Nicole Clark Consulting

Have a question you’d like to be featured? Let me know. In evaluation, we assess a program or service’s impact to understand whether anticipated outcomes were achieved based on the program’s activities and resources, and whether changes in a participants’ behavior, attitude, or actions can be attributed to the program or something else. But what [.] The post Ask Nicole: What Would It Take for Our Organization to No Longer Exist?

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Celebrate National Nurses Week — and Read Our Nurse Salary and Job Satisfaction Report

Relias

National Nurses Week is an annual celebration that honors the contributions of nurses. It begins on May 6, National Nurses Day , and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. This year, the theme of National Nurses Week is “Nurses Make the Difference,” highlighting the impact of the nursing profession on our lives.

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What’s It Like To Attend A Data Science Meeting?

MQ Mental Health

Last week, the MQ and DATAMIND Data Science Meeting took place in Swansea. The DATAMIND Hub expands the benefits of data by safely and securely combining data from multiple sources, such as health records, schools, administration, charities and more. Then, through the UK Health Data Research Innovation Gateway, researchers can discover the data and use it most effectively so that eventually we can together make the next breakthroughs in mental health science leading to a mentally healthier futur

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Rita Hu Successfully Defends Dissertation

Michigan Social Work

Rita Hu has successfully defended her dissertation, “The Role of Social Relationships in the Development and Consequences of Self-Perceptions of Aging across the Lifespan.” Her committee included Lydia Li (co-chair) and Ruth Dunkle. Hu has accepted a Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowship and will transition to a tenure-track assistant professor position in 2026 at the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice, University of Chicago.

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Shelter, Inc. Welcomes New Annual Fund Manager

Shelter, Inc

Welcome Kayla Torres, Shelter, Inc.’s new Annual Fund Manager ! Kayla is a dedicated and results-driven development professional with a proven track record in fundraising, donor engagement and community outreach. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications and Public Relations from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and is proficient in various technical and data management systems.

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Digitizing Compliance Management in Healthcare

Relias

In the rapidly changing healthcare industry, compliance with regulations is essential for the success of your organization. With the expiration of COVID-19 public health emergency waivers and new minimum staffing requirements for nursing homes, preparing for audits and surveys is more crucial than ever. Digitizing your compliance program is vital for the success of your organization.

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Mental Illness: What’s Data Science Got To Do With It?

MQ Mental Health

On Thursday 25 April 2024, the DATAMIND and MQ Data Science Meeting took place in Swansea. The DATAMIND Hub maximises data's value by safely and securely uniting data from many sources, including health records, schools and administrative data, charity data, research trials, genomics, longitudinal studies and cohort data. DATAMIND ensures data can be found through the UK Health Data Research Innovation Gateway, meaning researchers can use the data to help address complicated questions about ment

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Child Abuse Prevention Month promotes awareness and education

National Casa Gal

Together the national network of CASA/GAL organizations and volunteers can create a safer environment for our children, helping ensure that their futures are filled with hope and possibility. Read More. The post Child Abuse Prevention Month promotes awareness and education appeared first on National CASA/GAL Association for Children.

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Three Vagus Nerve Reset Exercises

Beautiful Voyager

In my latest Substack post I mention three polyvagal exercises I’ve been doing regularly to reset my nervous system. I wanted to share the details of those exercises here in case they help you, too. The Basics Exercise Sit tall in a chair (or toilet! That can be a good way to remember to do it!) Interlace your hands behind your head. Sit tall. With your EYES ONLY, look to the right and hold.

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Robert Ortega Joins Editorial Board of Child Welfare

Michigan Social Work

Associate Professor Robert Ortega has joined the editorial board of Child Welfare. The peer-reviewed journal keeps readers abreast of the special problems facing millions of children, families, parents, caregivers and the child welfare professionals who serve them. As an editorial board member, Ortega will help guide the trajectory of the journal, review article submissions and share his related knowledge of the discipline.

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IASSW TEAM AT THE UNITED NATIONS SPRING 2 2024

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

IASSW TEAM AT THE UNITED NATIONS SPRING 2024 SECOND NEWSLETTER Please see the newsletter from IASSW’s Team of Representatives to the United Nations. This issue features IASSW’s activities at the annual UN Commission for Women, a report on a student event held as part of the World Social Work Day observances, and reports of special UN sessions and the work on humanitarian affairs.

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Creating a Palliative Care Clinic for Patients with Cancer Pain and Substance Use Disorder

CAPC

An intervention founded on harm reduction principles in collaboration with addiction psychiatry for cancer-related pain.

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From potholes to planning: the issues at stake in England’s 2 May local elections

The Guardian

While some voters may want to send a message to Westminster, more local concerns will have an influence This week’s local elections have been widely described as one of the toughest tests of Rishi Sunak’s 18-month premiership, with Westminster-watchers considering the results as portents of his fate in the coming national poll – considered to be coming this autumn.