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The Victoria Climbié Inquiry chair reflects on social work, 21 years on

Community Care

Our interview with Lord Herbert Laming is part of a new series of profiles of key figures who have shaped social work over the past five decades, to celebrate Community Care’s 50th anniversary. More than 20 years after delivering his report into the death of Victoria Climbié , there is still a quiet sadness about Herbert Laming at the mention of her name.

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Gentle Parenting. Yes, and…

Gary Direnfeld

They loved gentle parenting. What they didn’t realize is that their implementation was in reaction to the harsh parenting experienced as a child. What they labeled gentle parenting was actually permissive parenting, the opposite of the authoritarian style they were subject to. As such their kids weren’t really held accountable or well directed.

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Unpaid carer's leave: your right to look after yourself

Social Care

[Image created by freepik.com ] Caring at home and work is tough I know from my own experience how challenging it can be juggling a busy work life and looking after a family member, in my case my mum at the end of her life. Those six months were tough, emotionally and physically. I experienced every emotion you can imagine. I know many of my colleagues, past and present, have lived through similar times or are doing so right now.

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A Tribute to the Indispensable RN on the Palliative Care Team

CAPC

A nurse leader shares important insights from palliative care RNs disclosed during mentorship and then offers four ways RNs can advocate for themselves in their careers.

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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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Seven more councils chosen to test family support and child protection reforms

Community Care

Seven more councils have been chosen to test the government’s family support and child protection reforms. They will join the existing three families first for children pathfinders in testing the changes, which are designed to ensure families receive better and earlier support to help resolve their needs and strengthen the quality of child protection practice.

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When You Need a Poke

Gary Direnfeld

Admittedly, I am a workaholic. My dad was a workaholic. My brothers are workaholics. I love what I do. I love meeting and working with people. I love writing. I love presenting. I love what I do. Years ago, working from home, our son came to my office to grab some time with me. I blew him off. It wasn’t long after I felt the heat of Arlene’s gaze at my back.

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Therapy Tools For Mental Wellness: Discover Your Path To Healing

Blurt It Out

Facing depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges can feel like walking through a dense fog with no end in sight. We grapple with intrusive thoughts, overwhelming emotions, and a constant sense of unease. Picture the weight of self-doubt pressing down on your shoulders, making each step feel like an uphill battle. However, amidst the darkness, there are rays of hope – simple yet effective therapy tools that offer comfort and companionship in our darkest moments.

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Children’s homes body excludes providers funded through tax havens from membership

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. The body representing children’s home providers has decided to exclude providers receiving finance from tax havens from membership. The Children’s Homes Association’s (CHA) new membership rules also stipulate that members must be ultimately owned in the UK and have at least majority shareholders who are UK-registered taxpayers.

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University of Iowa National Social Work Poetry Contest: Spring 2024 Winning Poems

The New Social Worker

As in previous years, The New Social Worker is pleased to present the winning poems of the National Social Work Poetry Contest. The contest is sponsored by the University of Iowa School of Social Work. Congratulations to the Spring 2024 winners!

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It’s a rotten system that puts unpaid carers in the dock | Letters

The Guardian

A council’s benefits expert and a tribunal judge, plus other readers, respond to reports on how the DWP is persecuting carers for unwittingly breaching complicated benefits rules I have worked in benefits for more years than I care to admit, although for local authorities rather than the Department for Work and Pensions. The news about the persecution of carer’s allowance claimants is not surprising ( Calls to end ‘persecution’ of carers over UK benefits rule breaches, 9 April ).

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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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Is Diogenes Syndrome a Mental Disorder? A case study

The Masked AMHP

Harry is a man in his late 80’s. He is divorced and lives alone in his own home. He has a number of physical health problems associated with old age and is provided with a package of home care by the Older People’s Social Services Team.

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Practice educators passionate about role, but lack of support risks pushing them out of it, finds study

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. Practice educators are passionate about supporting students, but a lack of recognition and support risks pushing some out of the role, Social Work England-commissioned research has found. The study found that practitioners were sustained in the role by the motivation to develop the next generation of social workers, further their own skills and knowledge and, in some cases, redress their ow

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Child Abuse Prevention Month

Social Work Blog

April Ferguson LCSW-C Senior Practice Associate Children and Adolescents April 2024 The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) acknowledges April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act ( CAPTA ) defines child abuse and neglect as any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caregiver that results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse, or exploitation, or an act or failure to act that presents an imminent risk of se

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The Guardian view on carer’s allowance: people who look after others should not be an afterthought | Editorial

The Guardian

The DWP’s system punishes claimants for payment errors. But it is the rules, not the carers, that are most at fault The problems caused by attempts to reclaim benefit payments to carers, on the basis that they are ineligible due to increased earnings, are not new. Between 19,000 and 39,000 overpayments have been logged in each of the last five years.

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5 Myths About Living with Bipolar — Stop Assuming

Nnatasha Tracy

There are so many myths about what it's like to live with bipolar disorder. People constantly make assumptions about it based on media portrayals, but life is not a movie or a news report. Living with bipolar disorder is complex and varied, and what happens for some is not necessarily common for all. So, let's dispel some of the myths about what it's like to live with bipolar disorder and encourage people to stop making uneducated assumptions.

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National support programme for overseas social workers should be ‘seriously considered’, says BASW

Community Care

A national support programme for the growing number of overseas social workers in the UK should be “seriously considered”, the British Association of Social Workers has said. BASW made the call after launching its own professional development scheme for new international recruits to UK social work. Employers, particularly in England, have turned to international recruits in recent years to tackle persistently high social work vacancy rates in children’s services and adult socia

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American Dreams: What’s It Like To Be An MQ Research Fellow In The USA?

MQ Mental Health

Applications to become an MQ fellow are open for researchers in the United States. This is an opportunity to receive not only financial support but also practical support from the MQ team. But what is it like to apply and be selected for an MQ fellowship? One of the first ever MQ Fellows selected was Dr Joshua Roffman from Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Occupational Health and Wellbeing (OHWB) and the Health and Social Care Workforce

Health & Social Care Workforce

Dr Antonina Semkina is Research Associate at the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Workforce, King’s College London.

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Social Work Social Development (SWSD2024) Conference Celebrates Success in Panama!

International Federation of Social Workers

Social Work Social Development (SWSD2024) Conference Celebrates!

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DHSC sets out plans for funding adult social care training

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. The government has set out some of the details of its new fund for subsidising training for adult social care staff. Adult social care providers who directly employ care staff, including councils, will be able to claim up to £4.5m each towards training courses for care staff and continuing professional development (CPD) for regulated practitioners in 2024-25.

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What Is A Traumaversary And How Can It Affect Us?

MQ Mental Health

In April 2020, the world was locked down due to Covid-19. Our lives and how we lived them changed overnight. Some of us might be feeling a lot of unexpected feelings at the times of year that remind of us difficult memories such as this, and with good reason. Whether it’s at the forefront of our minds or not, the anniversary of a traumatic event can have a psychological impact.

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The Cycle of Procrastination

Prosper Health Collective

The procrastination cycle refers to the pattern of behaviour we typically repeatedly go through when we delay certain tasks or activities , which ultimately increases the likelihood of the same procrastination patterns in the future. The cycle starts with us having to engage in a certain task , activity or goal. Procrastination arises from a pattern of unhelpful rules and assumptions that we may have about ourselves, others and the world.

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IASSW- Election Result – 2024

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

Dear Colleagues, Please Congratulate to IASSW’s newly elected Board of Directors for 4 years of term (2024-2028) President – Antoinette Lombard from South Africa Secretary – Janestic Mwende-Twikirize from Uganda Member –at-large: -Auschala Chalayonnavin from Thailand and Sabine Bahrer-Kohler from Germany The IASSW Board of directors and all members are looking forward to the contribution of newly elected board members for the evolution and expansion of the International A

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Who are unpaid carers, and why have some had to repay large sums to the UK government?

The Guardian

Rules around earning limits for people in receipt of carer’s allowance risk them unknowingly racking up debt to DWP Carers threatened with prosecution over minor rules breaches Analysis: Why are so many carers being taken to court? Unpaid carers provide support for loved ones – normally parents or children, who are disabled, frail or ill. There are an estimated 5.7 million carers in the UK.

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The Itch: A Son’s Story of A Father With Mental Health Challenges

MQ Mental Health

Mental illness can affect people differently. It can be challenging, differently, for those with the condition and those who love them. This is one son's story. Lukas Kesslig has experience of living with someone who showed symptoms of bipolar disorder. Lukas grew up with a father who had mental health challenges. Here he kindly shares with MQ part of his experience growing up with his father.

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Understanding Work Stress Leave in Australia

Psychological Health Care

Your work can have a significant impact on your mental health. In fact, mental health conditions related to employment stressors are now the fastest growing type of workplace injury. While meaningful work and well managed workplaces can have a positive effect on your mental health, poorly managed workplaces, excessive workloads, poor employee relationships and customer or client aggression – among other factors – can have a significant negative and long-term impact on your mental hea

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Sober Story: Chris

Living Sober

"I'm living and no longer dying. It's as simple and profound as that.

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Many aged care workers may wait until 2026 for full pay increase as Albanese government requests phased implementation

The Guardian

Commonwealth requests Fair Work Commission phase in full 23% increase over two years to prevent workforce shortages elsewhere Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails , free app or daily news podcast Aged care workers should wait until January 2026 for the full 23% pay rise ordered by the Fair Work Commission , according to the Albanese government.

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Modern Ultrasound Tech Benefits Extend from Alzheimer’s to Palliative Care

CAPC

How ultrasound therapy can help people with Alzheimer's disease, and implications for palliative care.

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IFSW Announces New Executive Committee

International Federation of Social Workers

The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) held its General Meeting on April 1st and 2nd, 2024.

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NCCPR in West Virginia Watch: West Virginia: Child removal capital of America

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

I have followed the harm done to children by America’s child welfare systems for nearly half a century, first as a journalist, now as an advocate. In all that time I have never encountered a state so mind-bogglingly fanatical about tearing apart families that even foster care agencies think it’s too much – until now. Yes, even agencies typically paid for each day they hold a child in care say West Virginia is taking away too many children.

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The financial, physical and emotional toll of being an unpaid carer | Letters

The Guardian

The government provides nowhere near enough support for people who care for their loved ones, writes Kirsty McHugh of the Carers Trust. Plus a letter from someone who cares for a partner with a mental health condition, and another from Jane Nation on the invisibility of disabled people You’re right to praise Kate Garraway for shining a light on the financial, physical and emotional toll of being an unpaid carer ( Editorial, 27 March ).

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Obstacles and Opportunities for Palliative Care in the ICU

CAPC

Palliative Care News article discusses current obstacles and future opportunities for providing palliative care in the ICU.

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The Vicious Cycle of Procrastination

Prosper Health Collective

The procrastination cycle refers to the pattern of behaviour we typically repeatedly go through when we delay certain tasks or activities , which ultimately increases the likelihood of the same procrastination pattens in the future. The cycle starts with us having to engage in a certain task , activity or goal. Procrastination arises from a pattern of unhelpful rules and assumptions that we may have about ourselves, others and the world.

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Virgin Rosebud

Living Sober

A great celebratory drink!

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