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Five Caseworker Rookie Mistakes to Avoid

Famcare

According to estimates, the United States has over 680,000 social workers affiliated with various non-profit organizations. Social workers play an important role in the American social fabric, from juvenile justice to veteran services, senior services, and child welfare. However, in their pursuit of doing good for humanity, social workers occasionally make mistakes that add to their workload and stress.

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6 hacks for less painful social work documentation

Save the Social Worker

When I was a student social worker in the U.K., my supervisor used to drive me to the clients we would visit. One day, we were really busy. Back to back meetings in the office, followed by home visits. My supervisor’s sandwich in the car made me wonder if there was a better way to handle the overwhelming nature of social work. My supervisor took out her sandwich, and started having it in her car.

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Developing our care colleagues and keeping everyone safe

Social Care

Our ultimate goal is to transform the care available to people living with dementia and provide the best possible care for our residents. [Image copyright Vida Healthcare]. Making connections. My name is Terri Spruce and I’m the Clinical Development Lead at specialist dementia care provider, Vida Healthcare. Working in social care gives me the opportunity to do something different every day and build relationships with incredible people, from colleagues to residents and their families.

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Two-year delay to cap on care costs on cards, amid fears reform will be dropped altogether

Community Care

The government will delay the introduction of the cap on care costs for two years, in chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s autumn statement next week, The Times has reported. The measure is designed to contribute to government plans to make expected reductions of over £30bn a year in spending to shore up the public finances. Delaying the £86,000 cap and the associated reform of making the means-test for care more generous, from October 2023 until 2025, would save about £2bn.

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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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Educational Assistants: First Responders in the School System

Gary Direnfeld

It’s no secret I have an affinity for educational assistants. It’s because my first job was working in a group home with preteen and teen boys all of whom had significant developmental disorders and were unpredictability violent. These were kids who due to their behavior could not be served in the community. Even the school they attended was on the grounds of the treatment centre.

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Love Letter to OCAD’s Foresight Program

Social Work Futures

The Ontario College of Art and Design has a Master’s Degree Program in Strategic Foresight. I happened upon it via the work of many of their graduates and the way in which they position this work online as a generous and brilliant act of public scholarship. This post is really a love letter – of admiration, respect and gratitude for not only the solid academic work they are doing but the way in which they communicate it and make it so accessible.

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Councils unable to safeguard children subject to immigration control, finds study

Community Care

Councils in England are failing to protect children subject to immigration control, including by rarely recognising their poverty as a safeguarding issue, a study has found. In many of the 26 serious case reviews (SCRs) analysed, practitioners did not understand the implications of families having no recourse to public funds (NRPF) , offering them inappropriate advice or refusing support, it found.

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Reconnecting: There are steps.

Gary Direnfeld

He was emotionally inept. It cleaved the relationship with his daughter. He wanted to repair it. It was the alcohol in his early years and later his anger. She wanted nothing to do with him. He wondered how he could ever reestablish a relationship. He was dry now. Stable. With a partner. He would have to apologize. He would have to be transparent, honest, authentic.

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Social workers honoured at national awards ceremony

Social Work Awards

Seventeen inspiring social workers, teams and organisations from across England have been recognised for their contribution to the profession after winning the top awards at the national Social Worker of the Year Awards on Friday 04 November. The ceremony was hosted by BBC Senior Reporter and Presenter, Ashley John-Baptiste who was taken into care at the age of four, growing up between several different foster families and children’s homes across South London.

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Our very thoughtful gift guide, 2022

Blurt It Out

Heading into the festive season often brings a whole host of anxieties. This year, gift-giving can come with extra layers of stress. The cost of living situation and postal strikes, might make us particularly anxious. We worry about how to afford things and get them to their intended destination in time. Not to mention the. The post Our very thoughtful gift guide, 2022 appeared first on The Blurt Foundation.

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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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Specialist placements needed to reform a care system not working for teenagers, finds review

Community Care

The government must invest in specialist placements to reform a care system not working for vulnerable teenagers and protect them from exploitation. That was a key message from a 14-month review into preventing vulnerable young people from being drawn into gangs and violence, led by former Children’s Commissioner for England Anne Longfield. In its final report, published last week, the Commission on Young Lives found young people at risk were identified late and placed in unsuitable reside

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Ontario Public Education: The Role of Parents….

Gary Direnfeld

Trauma? I’ve had my share. In fact, I continue to have dreams of being involved in violent altercations. The first three years of my career were as a front line worker in a group home for severely compromised youths who also had a propensity to violence. Serious violence. We were trained regularly and intensely in non-violent physical intervention.

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Stop Abuse Campaign Advocate and Expert Joins Board

Stop Abuse Campaign

← Suicide prevention means child protection. National Known Justice Leader Howard Spivak brings decades of experience to help prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences. New York— Tuesday, November 8th, 2022 — Former Principal Deputy Director and Chief of Staff of the National Institute of Justice at the US Department Howard Spivak says he feels empowered by The Stop Abuse Campaign ( stopabusecampaign.org ) to end ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experience).

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Some good, bad and ugly in new federal “child welfare” data

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

The federal government has released state-by-state data for the number of children taken from their parents in FFY 2021 (yes, they always run about a year late). And NCCPR has updated our rate-of-removal index. The big national takeaway is that these data – once again – refute the racist myth about COVID-19 and “child welfare.” You remember, right? All those dire predictions that when overwhelmingly middle-class, disproportionately white “mandated reporters” no longer had their “eyes” constantly

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Fourth minister for children’s social care of 2022 appointed

Community Care

The government has appointed its fourth children’s social care minister of the year ahead of a critical period for the sector. Claire Coutinho, appointed as a junior minister in the Department for Education last month, has been given responsibility for social care, alongside special educational needs and disability and other issues concerning vulnerable and young children.

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Matt Hancock’s I’m a Celeb appearance ‘insulting’, says bereaved daughter

The Guardian

Dr Cathy Gardner, whose father died from Covid in a care home, urges viewers to boycott ITV show A bereaved daughter who won a high court ruling that Matt Hancock’s policy on care home discharges at the start of the Covid pandemic was unlawful has urged TV viewers to boycott his appearance on I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! Dr Cathy Gardner, whose father was among more than 11,000 care home residents in England whose deaths involved Covid in March and April 2020, said “to see him just para

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Case Manager Stress Relief For Social Worker Performance Anxiety

Famcare

Performance anxiety can often add to the high stress experienced by social work case managers. After all, social worker performance isn’t about how many widgets you make or how much profit you brought to the bottom line. It’s about helping real people deal with real life problems. If your performance is lacking, it could mess up someone’s life or even end it.

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Practice Alert: Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment November 1 to January 15

Social Work Blog

Open Enrollment for the health insurance marketplace is November 1 to January 15, 2023. For coverage to begin on January 1 , enrollment must be completed by midnight on December 15. NASW is a Champion for Coverage and recognizes the importance of social workers who help individuals and families connect to health insurance coverage and health care services.

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Cafcass staff may be balloted on industrial action amid absence of pay offer, says union boss

Community Care

Cafcass staff may be balloted on industrial action if the ongoing absence of a pay offer for 2022-23 persists or they are presented with too low an increase, a union chief has warned. Ian Lawrence, general secretary at Napo, said staff were growing increasingly frustrated by the absence of an offer since it and UNISON issued a claim for a 10.8% rise in salaries in June to the family courts body.

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Rise in UK state pension age ‘could stop women caring for older relatives’

The Guardian

New report says increase in work time by 30 hours a week due to raising SPA will lead to a drop in care time of 6.3 hours a week The increase in women’s state pension age could force mothers and daughters to withdraw the free, informal care they give the UK’s rapidly ageing population, a paper has warned. The report, entitled Should I Care or Should I Work?

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You Can Improve Senior Care, with Social Services Software

Famcare

Our senior population continues to grow, with the aging of the baby boomers. And with the glut of older citizens comes a glut of issues that elder care workers must deal with. There are health issues – both physical and mental. Muscles and bones get weaker, senses start to fail – hearing, eyesight, even touch, taste and smell, in some cases. And then there’s the loss of mental facilities.

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Social Work Licensure Portability: A Necessity in a Post-COVID-19 World

Social Work Blog

COVID-19 highlights the need for portability of social work licensure to be a priority. The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) spearheaded some initiatives, such as the creation and promotion of the Social Work Registry and Model Social Work Practice Act, with the hope that these efforts would enhance the ability of social workers to be licensed in multiple states.

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Removing children’s services from council ‘would distract from improvement’, adviser tells DfE

Community Care

Removing a council’s ‘inadequate’ children’s services would “distract from its improvement”, and its new leadership team should be given the chance to make progress, the government has been advised. Sefton’s Department for Education-appointed commissioner, Paul Moffat, has recommended that the DfE should not turn the Merseyside authority’s services over to an independent trust or invite another council to take them over, in a report completed in Se

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How to Take Charge of Your ADHD Voicemail Hell

A Splintered Mind

Ever find yourself missing important messages because your voicemail box is filled with half a decade of unlistened to calls? There might be a solution for that. Adult ADHD is almost like the Baskin Robbins of the mental health community. There are so many flavors of ADHD, you can be forgiven for questioning if they’re all from the same diagnosis.

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Millions of Americans Have Health Insurance That Isn’t ‘Good Enough’

CAPC

Stat News discusses the problem of health insurance in the United States, focusing on affordability of care, even after coverage.

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Kindness Starts Within

The New Social Worker

On this World Kindness Day, acknowledge that disenfranchised grief exists in the social work profession. Self-kindness can effectively combat professional challenges and prevent burnout for social workers.

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UK set for new wave of strikes as civil servants and train drivers vote for action – politics live

The Guardian

Around 100,000 civil servants from multiple government agencies have voted to strike in a dispute over pay, pensions and jobs According to Pat Leahy , political editor of the Irish Times, the Irish government is doubtful about the prospect of a breakthrough in the coming weeks in the talks on the Northern Ireland protocol. In his Sky News interview Chris Heaton-Harris , the Northern Ireland secretary, also suggested that large number of politicians in parliament are voting for Matt Hancock to pe

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Finding the Right Mental Health App for You

Nnatasha Tracy

Finding the right mental health app in a sea of 10,000 estimated health and wellness apps available (yes, there are really that many) can bring its own challenges. Moreover, in my opinion, it’s the Wild West out there for freely available online apps. This is because anyone can create an app and say it’s good for mental wellness with limited proof to support that claim.

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Physician Explains Pharmacists' Role in Educating Prescribers on Risks of Polypharmacy

CAPC

Interview explaining the problems around overmedication for older adults, and how clinicians and pharmacists can work together to address this.

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Conversations on Social Work Careers: Freshen Up Your Social Work Career and Leave Your Social Work Legacy

The New Social Worker

In this episode of Conversations on Social Work Careers, Your Social Work Career Coach Jennifer Luna shares practical expert tips for keeping your social work career fresh and building your social work legacy.

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Sunak warned UK public services will need £43bn a year to ‘stand still’

The Guardian

TUC says vital services had been left short-staffed and overwhelmed after over a decade of austerity Rishi Sunak’s government has been warned that Britain’s creaking public services will require at least £43bn a year in additional funding just to “stand still” amid the fallout from soaring inflation. The Trades Union Congress said next week’s autumn statement needed to protect both public services and workers’ pay from the highest rates of inflation since the early 1980s to avoid a further colla

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Sobriety Chat: Sue

Living Sober

Sue Kerr is a writer, artist, gardener, seamstress, and budding astrologer. She's a wife, friend, and big sister.and she is sober. Listen to Sue talk about her recent ten-year-soberversary, the lack of integration she felt when drinking, the immense internal changes that have happened since she quit, and the three key things she focuses on to keep herself well.

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Leaders Across the Country Share Their Health Equity Interventions

CAPC

Interventions developed to improve care for Black people living with serious illness?—and how the palliative care field can leverage this work.

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Nursing Time Awards 2022 with added social care!

Social Care

Our time to shine (we always have). To some ears it may sound glib, but it really isn’t. Awards matter. Recognition matters. Why? Because it proves the social care nursing profession matters. We know how good we are, the value we add and the lives we transform, but to hear it from our peers and those beyond the walls of care homes, clinics and community centres means so much.

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Watch the 2022 John Lewis Christmas advert – video

The Guardian

John Lewis has kicked off the festive season, breaking with tradition in its annual campaign with a simple but moving ad to raise awareness of the challenges faced by children in care. This year the department store's Christmas ad shows the touching but bruising efforts of a foster dad to learn how to skateboard so he can share the passion with his foster daughter.

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