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What the 2024 general election means for social care

Community Care

Rishi Sunak has called a general election for 4 July. The prime minister made the announcement in a statement in Downing Street today, firing the starting gun on a six-week campaign. The news comes with the Labour Party roughly 20 percentage points ahead in the polls (source: BBC), strongly suggesting they will end 14 years of Conservative rule on polling day.

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Managing That Teen

Gary Direnfeld

When the relationship with your teen is in tatters, it’s up to you to restore it. Lectures won’t do it. Gifts won’t do it. Harsher punishments won’t do it either. Consider guerilla love. In guerilla warfare we sneak up on our enemy combatant and when they least suspect it, we attack, slay and sneak away. With guerilla love, we sneak up on our kid not to slay, but to deliver a small and quick act of affection.

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7 of the best social work books for students

Save the Social Worker

Please note: We do not earn affiliate fees from any of these product recommendations and we simply recommend what we find is best. I rub my eyes. I’m falling asleep. I can’t believe the book I’m reading is that boring. But it’s required reading. I know what to do. I’m going to just gloss over to the final conclusion of the book, and get the TLDR (too long didn’t read) version.

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How can a child in care cost £281,000 a year? Ask the wealth funds that have councils over a barrel | George Monbiot

The Guardian

Children crying out for stability are paying the highest price for Britain’s chaotic and exploitative residential care I’m a patron of a small local charity that helps struggling children to rebuild trust and connection. It’s called Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship , and it works by bringing them together with rescued horses. The horses, like many of the children, arrive traumatised, anxious and frightened.

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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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‘Why we need to celebrate – not stigmatise – neurodiversity in social work’

Community Care

By Deb Solomon Recently councils and other employers of social workers in the UK have been encouraged to sign up to a new pledge to celebrate neurodiversity in the profession. But why? At the moment there is a patchy picture of acceptance for neurodivergent social workers, those with conditions – or neurotypes – such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

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Leeches and Snakes and Turtles, Oh My!

Gary Direnfeld

It was one of those showers that felt extra good. Plenty of hot water. Nice stream. It flowed over me. It came after this mornings kayak ride. The shower wasn’t necessary from sweating. It was because when I first got into the kayak, I wasn’t centered. I bailed. Our house backs onto a little waterway. It’s actually a man-made lagoon that was dug somewhere around the 1920s.

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Self-Care A-Z—How To Have a Super-Self-Care-Summer: A Weekly Guide

The New Social Worker

The New Social Worker is going on summer break June-August and won’t be doing new posts. However, we’re not neglecting you! Join us in having a Super-Self-Care-Summer!

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Good ratings for first three council adult services assessed by CQC

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. The Care Quality Commission has awarded good ratings to the first three councils it assessed under its new adults’ services performance regime. Hertfordshire, Hounslow and West Berkshire all gained the second top rating – behind outstanding – in assessments under the CQC’s local authority assurance system, published last week.

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Realizing One’s Partner is a Narcissist

Gary Direnfeld

She thought her husband had changed. She emplored him to go to therapy so as to return to the man she thought she knew. He wouldn’t. He was pleased with himself. He felt it was she who was the problem. She wouldn’t cowtow to his bidding. He pressed harder, more nasty. She would give in. He would be nice again… and on and on it went.

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IFSW works with WHO on Transforming Health Policy and Practice

International Federation of Social Workers

IFSW has been invited to work with The World Health Organisation (WHO) as they undertake a refocus that emphasizes engagement and relationships between action-orientated leaderful communities, populations and health authorities.

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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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The DEIA Landscape: Promise, Peril and the Way Forward

inSocialWork

Dean Keith A. Alford The United States is a diverse place. It is imperative for us to create spaces where everyone feels like they belong, to be mindful of patterns of injustice and to support the needs of those of us with diverging abilities. All of these aspirations have a long history in our society and especially in the field of social work. The COVID-19 pandemic, the disparate violence and deaths experienced by people of color and the awareness of inequities in health care, opportunity and

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Bill to end profit from children’s care placements in Wales published

Community Care

Legislation to end profit-making from the provision of children’s care placements in Wales has been published. The Health and Social Care (Wales) Bill would permit only not-for-profit organisations and councils from providing fostering, children’s home or secure accommodation placements. The reform would make Wales the first UK country to ban profit-making from both fostering and residential services.

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Collaboration spurs mental health social care research

Social Work With Adults

"Most people would agree maintaining social connection is important to living better lives." [Image created by freepik.com ] Losing connection Support for people with mental health problems, their families and carers, is often overlooked, meaning the ‘social’ in social care is sometimes forgotten. People experiencing mental health problems often say things like better housing, employment, enough money, more friends, and close relationships would make a positive difference in their lives.

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Meet Becky, aged 14, suicidal, alone and unwanted. Victim of a cruel and uncaring state | Louise Tickle

The Guardian

I have followed the life of this desperate child as her life has been ruined by a bankrupt system You’re a teenage girl and you’ve been locked in a bare hospital room for more than 15 months. Your bed is a platform attached to the floor. There’s a plastic toilet and a sink moulded into the wall. Your only human contact is through a hatch in the door.

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Dementia Community Research Network celebrates in style!

Health & Social Care Workforce

The Dementia Community Research Network (DCRN) turns one this year, and what better way to celebrate than to showcase the incredible work of Network members and start a conversation about better, more inclusive, dementia care?

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AMHP workforce 35% short of what is needed for 24-hour service, say leads

Community Care

The approved mental health professional workforce is 35% short of what is required to provide a 24-hour service, AMHP leads have warned. The finding, from Skills for Care’s latest report on the AMHP workforce in England, suggests practitioner shortages are increasing amid a mounting number of people being made subject to the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA).

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Maltese Association of Social Workers 30th anniversary

International Federation of Social Workers

The Maltese Association of Social Workers is celebrating a major milestone next month as it marks its 30th anniversary.

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National Audit Office to investigate growing scandal over carer’s allowance

The Guardian

Government watchdog says action prompted by DWP’s lack of progress in tackling overpayments problems The government’s spending watchdog is to investigate the growing scandal over carer benefits that has plunged tens of thousands of vulnerable unpaid carers into debt after they unwittingly breached benefit rules. In a letter , the National Audit Office (NAO) told the Commons work and pensions select committee its intervention was triggered by public and political concerns over the mounting human

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Heads Together for enhanced brain injury support

Social Work With Adults

"Brain injury is the leading cause of disability and death for people aged 0-40 in the UK, with an estimated hospital admission rate of one person with a brain injury every 90 seconds, and a cost to the country of £15 billion." [Image created by freepik.com ] Plugging the gap between knowledge and need People living with traumatic brain injuries can have many long-term needs.

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When Recovery Takes Longer: How to Incorporate Palliative Care in LTACHs

CAPC

Why palliative care can be a helpful addition to the care team in LTACHs and how to incorporate it to start helping this patient population, and their families.

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IFSW / UNHCR CPD Course Finishes with Renewed Commitments

International Federation of Social Workers

Photo: Arturo Requesens-Galnares, Pradeep Wagle, Priska Fleischlin, Rory Truell.

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A new Living Sober is coming!

Living Sober

Our new site is nearly here! Read this for important information about the switch-over to our new home.

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Miss America and CASA of Sebastian County

National Casa Gal

CASA of Sebastian County advocates past and present were invited to walk in the parade as a touching tribute to her late mother, Whitney Marsh, a beloved CASA volunteer. Read More. The post Miss America and CASA of Sebastian County appeared first on National CASA/GAL Association for Children.

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Surgeon General’s Framework for Workplace Mental Health and Well-Being: Focus on Nurses

Relias

The Office of U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murphy MD, MBA published its Framework for Workplace Mental Health and Well-Being to guide employers in promoting worker mental health and well-being in the post-COVID era. In response to widespread “quiet quitting” and the Great Resignation, the Surgeon General’s framework for workplace mental health aims to ameliorate some of the major issues driving burnout and disengagement among America’s workers.

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UNIFI4FUTURE – call for proposals for the development of innovative and ambitious project proposals

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

Through the Call, the University of Florence intends to support outstanding young researchers of all nationalities who wish to submit a project proposal in response to the ERC Starting Grant call. Specifically, the university will be funding a maximum of 5 research projects to be carried out within the University’s Departments and thus aimed at supporting the development of innovative and ambitious project proposals going beyond the state of the art in the topic being researched, and which

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Lisa Wexler Awarded Grant from the National Institute of Mental Health

Michigan Social Work

Professor Lisa Wexler was awarded an NIMH R01 grant for her project “Efficacy-Implementation Study for PC CARES in Rural Alaska” through the NIH Intervention Research to Improve Native American Health. The trial evaluates the impact of Promoting Community Conversations About Research to End Suicide (PC CARES) on adult participants and the adults and youth they are close to, and who could benefit from the intervention.

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Getting to the (social) hub of the matter

Social Care

Cygnet Health Care colleagues are proud of their new social hub spaces and the pleasure they bring to patients (Expert by Experience Lead, Raf Hamaizia, foreground). Space for everyone Our patients across Cygnet Health Care services now have access to homely environments – ‘social hubs’- away from the wards, after unused spaces in our hospitals were given a makeover in an effort to provide safe spaces where the people we support can relax and socialise together.

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6 Principles of Trauma-Informed Care

Relias

Trauma-informed care is an approach to health and social services that recognizes the impact of trauma on people’s lives. Its aim is to create a safe, respectful, and empowering environment for healing. Many people who seek help have experienced some form of trauma, such as abuse, violence, neglect, loss, or oppression, and these experiences can affect their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

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IASSW Global Standards for Social Work Education and Training e Learning Official Announcement Webinar

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

Great news! You are invited to the official announcement of the GSSWET eLearning course. When: May 29, 2024 @15:00 Rome/SA time/ 21:00 HK time. Pre-Register in advance for this meeting: [link] After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The post IASSW Global Standards for Social Work Education and Training e Learning Official Announcement Webinar first appeared on International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW).

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William Elliott Serves as Expert Witness on CSAs Before U.S. Senate Committee

Michigan Social Work

Professor William Elliot III provided testimony as an expert witness at the United States Senate Committee on Finance hearing on child savings accounts and other tax-advantaged accounts benefiting American children. “Children’s asset investments are more than just financial benefits for higher education: they have demonstrated the potential to transform the opportunity landscape—and in the process, to reset young people’s confidence in U.S. institutions and their ability to deliver equitable ret

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Palliative Care Fellows' Conversations, Perceptions, and Training on Medical Cannabis

CAPC

Study shows that most HPM fellows can discuss medical cannabis but feel insufficiently informed to make clinical recommendations, highlighting education gaps.

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How and Why Trauma-Informed Leadership Works

Relias

Staff well-being, just like with any other aspect of an organization, begins with effective, trauma-informed leadership. Without this type of approach, organizational leaders will not be able to provide supportive supervision, foster teamwork, or improve culture. And, if these key ingredients are not in place, it’s more difficult to care for clients, retain staff, and maintain profitability.

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A new online Resources Hub to support day centres for older people and professionals interested in these services

Health & Social Care Workforce

Katharine Orellana & Kritika Samsi (NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Workforce, King’s College London; NIHR Applied Research Collaboration South London).

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Liz Wolstenholme obituary

The Guardian

My wife, Liz Wolstenholme, who has died of cancer aged 78, combined family life with a career in health and social care, mainly in Yorkshire. Liz’s achievements came from being a quiet, firm and inspirational leader who worked behind the scenes to unite disparate factions of the organisations in which she was employed. She placed collaboration ahead of competition and was always on the side of the underdog.

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Differences in Inpatient Treatment of Cancer Pain Among Patients with Opioid Use Disorder

CAPC

A study in the Journal of Palliative Medicine reveals practice variations among clinicians managing cancer-related pain in people with opioid use disorder.