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Finley Boden: professionals should have protected baby murdered by his parents, review finds

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. Professionals should have protected Finley Boden, who was murdered by his parents 39 days after being returned to their care, a local child safeguarding practice review has concluded. Though the inquiry stressed that Stephen Boden and Shannon Marsden were responsible for the 10-month-old’s death on Christmas Day, 2020 – for which they were jailed for life last year – it sa

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Navigating AI in Social Work Education

Teaching & Learning in Social Work

Editor’s note: In this blog post, four social worker educators share a sample from their new and free resource about using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in social work education. Alexander Rubin , LCSW, is a clinical assistant professor based in field education at the University at Buffalo School of School of Social Work. He specializes in community partnership development, field-specific teaching, and innovation in field education.

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Profiles in cowardice: Terrified of demagogic politicians, family police agencies in two states prolong the agony of a five-year-old and his mother.

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

All of the love, compassion and common decency in this case came from people not employed by family police agencies. Massachusetts "Child Advocate" Maria Mossaides was not involved in this case. Had she been asked, she probably would have made the right call. But, though it wasn't her intent, she's fomented a climate of fear that helped prolong this child's agony.

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NASW Proudly Acknowledges Women’s History Month

Social Work Blog

By Yasoda Sharma, PhD, MSW March is recognized as Women’s History Month, with the 2024 United Nations theme being “Invest in Women, Accelerate Progress.” Women worldwide face numerous challenges, underscoring the urgent need for comprehensive actions to empower them. Investing in women is the pivotal first step to drive change and accelerate the transition towards a just, safe, and more egalitarian society for all.

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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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Leadership training programme launched for PSWs, AMHP leads and principal OTs in adults’ services

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. A government-backed leadership training scheme has been launched for principal social workers (PSW), approved mental health professional (AMHP) leads and principal occupational therapists (POT) in adults’ services in English councils. The adult social care leadership programme , which will mostly be delivered online, will also offer places to senior practitioners from black, Asian and

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Reminder: Your chance to take part in the biggest global study of challenging working conditions of social workers

International Federation of Social Workers

All social workers are invited to help create the biggest overview of often-challenging working conditions of social workers around the globe. The survey is open until 31 May 2024.

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Change Healthcare Cyberattack: What Social Workers Should Know

Social Work Blog

By Denise Johnson, LCSW-C Senior Practice Associate March 2024 In February 2024, a major healthcare cybersecurity attack occurred, affecting many patients and providers including clinical social workers (CSWs). The attack targeted UnitedHealth Group’s subsidiary Change Healthcare, a technology clearinghouse that manages billing and administrative tasks for healthcare organizations.

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Kent ‘extremely close to capacity’ to care for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children

Community Care

Kent council is “extremely close” to its capacity to care for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and needs more to be transferred to other authorities “immediately” It has also accused the Home Office of failing to use new powers that Kent claimed would “immediately solve” the “unfair and unsustainable” pressures on the authority, resulting from increasing numbers of young people arriving on its coast to claim asylum.

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Generative AI & Social Work: It’s NOT the End of the World as We Know It

inSocialWork

Lauri Goldkind Large language models, generative AI, natural language processing, ChatGPT and Dall-E are all conspiring to transform social work practice and education — at least, that’s the hype. In this episode, Lauri Goldkind, PhD, LMSW, encourages us to take a breath and embrace the opportunities presented by these technologies. She recommends that we calmly and critically examine the evolution of AI, think creatively about its implications and advocate for collaborative conversations across

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New Special Issue Published on the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development

International Federation of Social Workers

A special issue of Practice. Social Work in Action dedicated to the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development has just been released.

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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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Living with Bipolar Two Disorder by Cathy Shaw

Bipolar Bandit

Having suffered with symptoms of bipolar 2 disorder for over fifteen years, my hope in making this piece for See Change is to give people some understanding of how it feels in the different phases of this complex mental health illness. From the deep despair of the manic depressive stage to the idealistic highs of the hypomania, I will shine some light on the experience of going through these polar opposite states.

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Home Office granted 275 visas to nonexistent care home, report finds

The Guardian

‘Shocking’ system for awarding care worker visas leaves people at risk of exploitation, inspection report says A damning inspection report has found multiple failures in the Home Office’s system for awarding care worker visas, including 275 granted to a care home that did not exist. The report found the whole regime of allowing care homes to sponsor visas to bring in workers from overseas was “shocking” in its implementation, and the net effect was “a system that invited large numbers of low-ski

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Empowering Character and Maturity To Resolve Societal Burnout

The New Social Worker

The essential link between personal development and trustworthy leadership must be pointed out. In families, work settings, in communities, on boards, and in elected office, character and maturity must be selected to address societal burnout.

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IFSW Europe implements sustainable small-scale farming initiative in the new renovated social centres in Ukraine

International Federation of Social Workers

In its commitment to promoting eco-wisdom and bolstering sustainability and community engagement, IFSW Europe has introduced a initiative within social centers across Ukraine: small-scale farming.

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NASW Maryland statement on Francis Scott Key Bridge Disaster

Social Work Blog

Our hearts ache for the families of the six individuals still missing in the aftermath of the tragic collision involving the Dali cargo ship and the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore on Tuesday around 1:30am. Despite challenging conditions, search and recovery operations persist, reflecting the resilience and dedication of first responders. We extend our deepest condolences to all affected by this devastating event.

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Palliative Care Movement Achieves Significant Progress in California

CAPC

An article published on the California Health Care Foundation blog describes the growth of palliative care in California, making it a great example for other states in terms of equitable access to palliative care.

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Economic benefits of ADIE treatment for autistic people with anxiety

MQ Mental Health

Thousands of people could potentially benefit from a new treatment to an anxiety disorder which affects 18% of autistic people, were it rolled out across the UK. The economic benefits of ADIE, a treatment for autistic people who have Generalised Anxiety Disorder, could be valued as high as £125-£170 million nationally. New research by Pro Bono Economics (PBE) for the charity MQ Mental Health Research suggested that there are 105,000 autistic people in the UK with Generalised Anxiety Disorder, a

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Taking Ownership of your Non-Alcoholic Drinks

Living Sober

Be bold and take ownership of your drinks when out and about, it's needed so we can change our booze-soaked culture.

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Finley Boden ‘should have been one of the most protected children’, finds review

The Guardian

Baby murdered by his parents after ‘inadequate safeguarding’ by authorities in Derbyshire, says report A 10-month-old baby, who was killed by his parents just 39 days after a court returned him to their care, should have been “one of the most protected children in the local authority area”, a review has concluded. Finley Boden died on Christmas Day 2020 after a period of “inadequate safeguarding” by authorities, who initially removed him from the care of his parents, Shannon Marsden and Stephen

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CMS Updates 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Conversion Factor

CAPC

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the 2024 Medicare physician fee schedule conversion factor in response to the Consolidated Appropriation Act being signed into law.

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Awareness months highlight struggles and improvements in child welfare

National Casa Gal

By supporting families, advocating for family-friendly policies, and fostering safe communities, we contribute to a world where children and youth can grow, learn, and dream freely. Read More. The post Awareness months highlight struggles and improvements in child welfare appeared first on National CASA/GAL Association for Children.

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Title V and Maternal Mortality: Federal Funding to Save Lives

Relias

Title V of the Social Security Act provides funding to improve the health and well-being of U.S. mothers, children, and families. Established in 1935, Title V is the oldest federal-state partnership program, providing block grants to states and territories to support maternal and child health (MCH) services such as perinatal care, immunizations, and newborn screening.

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IFSW CPD on Collaborating with the UN’s Human Rights Mechanisms

International Federation of Social Workers

The IFSW present a CPD striving to provide specific guiding information for colleagues to work with the various human rights instruments of the United Nations.

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PCHETA Lobby Day on April 17, 2024

CAPC

Opportunity for champions to educate policymakers on the value of palliative care and PCHETA.

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4 tips to help you stay sober

Living Sober

Four steps to think about that might help you achieve the glorious goal of sobriety.

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Awareness months highlight achievements and needs in child welfare

National Casa Gal

By supporting families, advocating for family-friendly policies, and fostering safe communities, we contribute to a world where children and youth can grow, learn, and dream freely. Read More. The post Awareness months highlight achievements and needs in child welfare appeared first on National CASA/GAL Association for Children.

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The NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Workforce Programme of Work: The Next Five Years

Health & Social Care Workforce

Prof Ian Kessler of the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Workforce introduces the Unit’s programme of work commencing this year under the 2024-28 award from the NIHR Policy Research Programme.

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$12.5M for Palliative Care Research Included in FY24 Appropriations Bill

CAPC

FY24 Senate LHHS Appropriations Bill includes funding for palliative care research lead by the NIA.

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Enhancing Connection: Tips to Forge Deeper Bonds

Prosper Health Collective

Hi, I’m Jason Leong, Clinical Psychologist at Prosper Health Collective. In our bustling modern world, where technology connects us in a myriad of ways, genuine connection seems to be an elusive pursuit for many. Despite the constant influx of social media notifications and virtual interactions, a profound sense of connection often remains elusive. However, understanding a few key psychological principles can pave the way for fostering deeper bonds and experiencing genuine connection in our rela

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Letting Myself Rest as Selfcare

Abuse Survivor

Today is not a typical shoot day for me, but I still wanted to pamper myself a bit, so I indulged in some makeup. Checking out my reflection, I couldn’t help but chuckle at my messy bun. Perhaps I should do something about it, but today is all about rest. So, with my peach iced tea in hand, I’m ready to unwind. I’ve gathered a stack of movies and DVDs, perfect for a relaxing day indoors.

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Regulator calls for consistency of support for NQSWs as DfE develops children’s early career framework

Community Care

Social Work England has called for a consistent approach to supporting early career social workers, amid government plans to replace the assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE) in council children’s services, but not in other sectors. The regulator said it was encouraging the government to “pursue an approach which would eventually ensure consistency and equity of support and training for newly qualified social workers across the whole of the profession” The Department

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Truth matters

Reimagining Social Work

I try to tell social work students that they need be aware of the relationship between the big picture of politics and power (the policy settings that influence the way that opportunites and resources are distributed) and the small picture of individual circumstances.

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The Palestinian Union of Social Workers and Psychologists Statement on the Suspension of a Social Worker who Advocated Against the Gaza Invasion

International Federation of Social Workers

Issued by IFSW member the Palestinian Union of Social Workers and Psychologists “The colonialist Israeli colonialism continues its aggression against our Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, including displacement, mass […]

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Promoting the vote is social work in action

Social Work With Adults

"[Our] values and ethics place people’s rights to autonomy and self-determination at the heart of social work practice." [Image created by freepik.com ] Voting rights are human rights Barring exceptional and unexpected events, there will be a parliamentary election in the UK this year. In the BASW Annual Survey of Social Workers and Social Work , 68% of social workers felt they had a role to play in promoting voting, but only 19% had supported someone to do so.