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Three Soft Skills That Every Social Worker Should Master

Famcare

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that there are now 708 100 social workers employed in the country. Furthermore, the number of persons involved in social work is always growing. Your main goal as a social worker must be to assist individuals or spread knowledge. You need a variety of social skills that work together to help you develop and accomplish your goals for social service in order to do that.

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What About Social Justice? Engaging in Environmental Justice Work

The New Social Worker

What is the role of social work in relation to environmental justice? It is important for us, as social workers, to enhance our knowledge about the impact of the environment on the health, welfare, and life span of diverse groups.

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Promoting Psychological Safety Through DEI Principles

Relias

For your organization to be the best that it can be, you must create an environment where staff members feel comfortable being themselves, asking questions, and providing potential solutions to problems. By working to make your organization a safer place to work for everyone, you’re likely to see staff retention and engagement increase, which can lead to more consistent, quality care for persons served.

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Mental Health and Complacency

My Brains Not Broken

There have been many moments along my mental health journey where I’ve felt like I’ve failed. I don’t quite know how I’m failing or in what way, but I feel that I am. There’s a sense of impending doom, a fear that I am not living up to my potential, that I’m not accomplishing enough. Enough what? you might ask. To be honest, I don’t know what to tell you.

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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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Ask Nicole: I’m Uncomfortable Working with Certain Clients

Nicole Clark Consulting

Have a question you’d like to be featured? Let me know. In the early years of my social work career, I had a large caseload of individuals from various backgrounds and needs. Some clients were more challenging to work with than others, but I’d say I got along well with everyone I worked with. Yet [.] The post Ask Nicole: I’m Uncomfortable Working with Certain Clients appeared first on Nicole Clark Consulting.

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Specialist child protection social workers to be introduced in DfE care review response

Community Care

Specialist social workers will be appointed to lead child protection cases while a new framework will be introduced to support practitioners at the start of their careers, the government has said in its response to the care review. The long-awaited children’s social care implementation strategy, which will be published today by the Department for Education (DfE), also includes plans to support councils recruit up to 500 social work apprentices and consultative proposals on reducing authori

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“I Don’t See Color” Means You Don’t See Me

CAPC

Why clinicians must unlearn well-intentioned but ultimately harmful conventions about race and ethnicity—and strategies to move forward.

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Social work is recognised as essential to Afghanistan’s development

International Federation of Social Workers

(In the photo: Members of the ASO board with IFSW representatives) At a press conference today in Kabul, the Afghanistan Social Work Organization (ASO) invited speakers from The Ministry of […]

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Agency social worker pay to be capped to that of permanent staff

Community Care

Agency social worker pay in would be capped to the equivalent earned by permanent staff under government plans to reduce the use and cost of locums in statutory children’s services. The Department for Education (DfE) has proposed introducing national rules to regulate the use of agency staff in response to concerns that their increasing use is destabilising the workforce and adversely affecting children and families through high staff turnover.

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The Fatal Five in IDD: Aspiration’s Dangers and Key Interventions

Relias

Originally known as the Fatal Four (which included aspiration, dehydration, constipation, and seizures), experts in the field of IDD care have identified sepsis as another serious condition for this population. For this reason, the nomenclature has changed to the Fatal Five. For those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), aspiration and the other members of the Fatal Five conditions pose a serious threat to their quality of life and, in some cases, can be deadly.

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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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‘I knew I wanted to stay here for the rest of my life’: how London got its first LGBTQ+ retirement community

The Guardian

The idea is nothing new in other countries, but the UK has been slow to develop housing schemes for older LGBTQ+ people. Now it’s becoming apparent how many people want or need it When the clocks struck midnight on new year’s eve and rang in 2023, Steve Busby was on the rooftop of a fancy apartment block in central London watching fireworks light up the Thames.

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Member Voices: The Death of Tyre Nichols — Lethal Police Encounters Continue Unabated

Social Work Blog

By Mel Wilson, LCSW, MBA The widely televised tape of Tyre Nichols being mercilessly beaten by members of the Memphis Police Department was shocking beyond words. Similar to the murder of George Floyd, the country (indeed the world) was again a witness to total disregard for the life of young black man by law enforcement. The brutal death of Mr. Nichols is a stark reality that the promise of police reform in the wake of George Floyd’s death was at best a fleeting notion —and at worse —an empty p

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Children are in ‘extreme crisis’: top judge berates DfE’s six-year failure to tackle ‘gross’ lack of secure units

Community Care

A leading judge has excoriated the government and Parliament for a six-year failure to address judicial warnings about a chronic shortage of secure care for children “in extreme crisis” However, Sir Andrew McFarlane has detected signs of hope in an apparent shift in Department for Education (DfE) thinking to accept its responsibility for filling a gap that has seen 60-70 children waiting for a secure bed each day.

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The Fatal Five in IDD: What You Need to Know About Seizures

Relias

Originally known as the Fatal Four (which included aspiration, dehydration, constipation, and seizures), experts in the field of IDD care have identified sepsis as another serious condition for this population. For this reason, the nomenclature has changed to the Fatal Five. How can you help your clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who also experience seizures?

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Lemn Sissay accuses children’s commissioner for England of failing children in care

The Guardian

Poet and broadcaster says Rachel de Souza should be pushing ministers to do much more Lemn Sissay, the poet and broadcaster, has launched a bruising attack on the children’s commissioner for England, accusing her of failing to champion children in care at a crucial time and “smothering the voice of her own office”. Sissay, whose bestselling memoir My Name is Why was a reflection on his own childhood in care, tweeted that Rachel de Souza, a former headteacher and advocate of academy schools appoi

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Stress and Depression in Ohio Social Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Buffering Role of Social Connectedness

Social Work Blog

NOTE on NASW journals: NASW journals are co-published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press. The journal Social Work is a benefit of NASW membership. It is available online or, at a member’s request, in print. Children & Schools , Health & Social Work Social Work Research are available by subscription at a discounted rate for NASW members, either online or in print.

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Unions seek 12.7% pay rise for council social workers

Community Care

Unions are seeking a 12.7% pay rise for council social workers and other local authority staff in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for 2023-24. UNISON, GMB and Unite today demanded a rise two percentage points above the retail prices index (RPI) measure of inflation, which the independent Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) calculated would be 10.7% in 2023.

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The Fatal Five in IDD: How Constipation Impacts Health

Relias

Originally known as the Fatal Four (which included aspiration, dehydration, constipation, and seizures), experts in the field of IDD care have identified sepsis as another serious condition for this population. For this reason, the nomenclature has changed to the Fatal Five. How can you help your clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) combat constipation and the other Fatal Five conditions to achieve a better quality of life?

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‘Risk of future deaths’: coroner issues rare warning to health secretary over hospitals crisis

The Guardian

Inquest into case of a 61-year-old Norfolk woman left in an ambulance queue triggers challenge to Steve Barclay A coroner has urged the health secretary to take action to prevent needless deaths after a woman died of heart failure following a four-hour wait in the back of an ambulance. Lyn Brind, 61, was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, with chest pains and low blood oxygen levels but could not be admitted because the hospital had “no space”.

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Free Mental Health Webinars, February 2023

Social Work.Career

This post is part of the monthly series, Free Webinars for Social Workers and Mental Health Professionals, featuring over 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, February 2023 appeared first on SocialWork.Career.

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DfE provides 20% of funding urged by care review in response

Community Care

Sector bodies have heavily criticised the government’s provision of one-fifth of the resources called for by the care review to reform social care in its response today. The Department for Education has allocated £200m over two years to its children’s social care implementation strategy, which it said would “transform the current care system to focus on more early support for families, reducing the need for crisis response at a later stage” However, this compares to the g

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Thoughts About Death

Untipsy Teacher

Dear Readers, Two events, happening close together, has led me to have some interesting thoughts about death and dying. This is not meant to alarm anyone, but I find just putting these thoughts on paper to be so helpful. About a year and half ago, Mr. UT and I were in a bad car accident, in anther state, where our car was totaled. At the same time, while we were gone, my mother was taken to the hospital with a heart episode.

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The car drew up. The children got in: UK child asylum-seekers’ narrow escape from kidnap

The Guardian

Alleged traffickers abducted three children from outside a Home Office-run hotel in Brighton last May. They were lucky to evade capture – many don’t • Read more: the government should hang its head in shame The apparent audacity of the abduction appears to have been its undoing. On 25 May last year, a car pulled up outside a Brighton hotel holding 58 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

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Paid Social Work Internships Part 1 Payment 4 Placements - Matt Dargay, MSW & Arie Davey, LLMSW

Doin' The Work

Episode 61 Guests: Matt Dargay, MSW & Arie Davey, LLMSW Host: Shimon Cohen, LCSW www.dointhework.com Listen/Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts , Google Podcasts , Stitcher , Spotify Follow on Twitter & Instagram , Like on Facebook Join the mailing list Support the podcast Download transcript We are offering our Racial Justice & Liberatory Practice Continuing Education Series at Columbia University , The University of Alabama , and the University of Pittsburgh.

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40% of people delayed in hospital awaiting social care package

Community Care

Four in ten people whose discharge from hospital is delayed are awaiting a social care package, according to NHS data. The figure, revealed today in a government plan to reduce hospital pressures, came as council leaders criticised ministers for a narrative of “blaming” social care for delayed discharges. About 14,000 hospital beds in England are occupied by a person medically fit for discharge, up by one-third on pre-pandemic levels, said the delivery plan for recovering urgent and

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Altering the understanding of Alters: Dissociative Identity Disorder

MQ Mental Health

Movies can be great for helping us discuss our mental health experiences. Recently, a TV series has helped shine a light on a lesser known and highly stigmatised condition. Last year, Marvel’s Moon Knight portrayed a character who, like many superheroes, had a mental illness. Unlike The Hulk’s Intermittent Explosive Disorder or Iron Man’s PTSD , Moon Knight brought childhood trauma and a much misunderstood mental illness Dissociative Identity Disorder into the spotlight.

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Rishi Sunak set to unveil emergency care plan to slash NHS waiting times

The Guardian

Experts warn plan does not address staff vacancies and £1bn fund pledged is not new money Rishi Sunak will vow to rapidly slash long waiting times for urgent NHS care with a promise of thousands more beds, 800 new ambulances and an expansion of community care backed by a dedicated fund of £1bn. The health service is engulfed in its worst-ever crisis, with urgent and emergency care in particular under unprecedented pressure in recent months.

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Addressing inequality predicament: trade-offs and the quest for decent employment, poverty reduction and social inclusion

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

Virtual Side –event: Addressing inequality predicament: trade-offs and the quest for decent employment, poverty reduction and social inclusion Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 Time: 9:45am- 11am EST Please register at: [link] The side- event conceived as a panel discussion takes place during the 61 st session of the Commission for Social Development.

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Care review lead: government must go further and faster in response

Community Care

The head of the care review has welcomed the government’s response to his report but has urged it to go “further and faster” Josh MacAlister, who led the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care, said today’s Department for Education response set the right direction but was critical of its failure to take forward certain recommendations and the lack of funding.

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The Fatal Five: An Overview for IDD Staff

Relias

The “Fatal Five” is a group of preventable conditions that are often fatal for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) living in congregant residential settings. They include aspiration, dehydration, seizures, constipation, and sepsis. Identifying healthcare needs can be hard for anyone. Do you remember a time when you had symptoms you didn’t understand?

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UK dementia care agency’s half-hour home visits ‘lasted as little as three minutes’

The Guardian

Staff filed records claiming far more care was given, evidence suggests A dementia home care agency spent as little as three and a half minutes on taxpayer-funded care visits and filed records claiming far more care was given, according to evidence seen by the Guardian. The hasty care was exposed by Susan Beswick’s family, who called it “totally inadequate”.

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Child Labor and Children in Migration- CSocD61 side event

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

Child Labor and Children in Migration – CSocD61 side event Forced child labor deprives children of their childhood, their potential, and their dignity. Join us for this CSocD61 side event that highlights this important issue in line with the ambitious targets for ending child labor (SDG 8.7) and for safe, orderly and responsible migration (SDG 10.7).

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Social Work England finds broad support for proposed expectations of new graduates

Community Care

Social Work England has found broad support from the profession for its proposed expectations of students’ knowledge and skills on graduation. Following a consultation , the regulator will now move ahead with plans to assess social work course providers against a set of statements of their students’ readiness for professional practice, from 2024.

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3 Steps to Implementing Continuous Quality Improvement at Your Organization

Relias

Continuous quality improvement (CQI) is a philosophy within healthcare organizations that looks to constantly improve upon patient care, staff safety, and organizational processes. CQI pushes all members of your organization to ask questions like: “How are we doing?” “Can we do something better?” “Can we do things more efficiently and be more effective?

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Children to be housed closer to family in overhaul of England’s social care system

The Guardian

Changes in children’s social care, including earlier help for families, fall short of ‘full reset’ called for by adviser Ministers are to pledge that children taken into care in England will be placed close to their family and friends rather than being housed hundreds of miles away, under what is described as an ambitious overhaul of the struggling social services system.