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Child protection enquiry total hits new annual high but proportion finding abuse continues to shrink

Community Care

The number of annual child protection enquiries has hit a new high but the proportion of those finding abuse or neglect has continued to fall, official figures show. Directors warned that the 3.5% hike in the number of section 47 enquiries, from 2021-22 to 2022-23, reflected the erosion of preventive services on the back of “a decade of austerity” At the same time, an academic specialising in the overemphasis of safeguarding risks said that the increasing number of section 47s that d

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WORLD SOCIAL WORK DAY POSTER 2024

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

As we approach World Social Work Day 2024, we are excited to unveil the theme: “Buen Vivir: Shared Future for Transformative Change”, which is rooted in the [link] drEHP and has been developed in partnership with the International Association of Schools of Social Work as well as the International Council on Social Welfare. The #WSWD2024 theme emphasises the need for social workers to adopt innovative, community-led approaches that are grounded in indigenous wisdom and harmonious coexistence with

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The Intersections Between Hospice and Palliative Care

CAPC

CAPC faculty and staff weigh about different points of care in a patients' disease trajectory.

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Gun Violence Continues: No End in Sight

Social Work Blog

By Mel Wilson, MBA, LCSW – NASW Senior Policy Adviser Lewiston, Maine has become the latest city to capture the nation’s attention when 18 people were killed and more than a dozen injured in shootings at multiple locations in this town of less than 40,000 people. This tragedy followed a depressingly familiar pattern. The perpetrator used an assault weapon with a high-capacity magazine to commit the crime, reportedly suffered from a serious mental illness, was able to purchase the weapon legally,

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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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One in 10 biggest English councils risk bankruptcy over child protection bill

The Guardian

County Councils Network says local bodies facing insolvency after increase in children being taken into care and ‘out of control’ costs “Out of control” increases in child protection spending since the outbreak of the Covid pandemic have put one in 10 of England’s biggest councils at risk of effective bankruptcy in the next few months, a survey has revealed.

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Fast-track programme to train 320 more social workers in £19m contract extension

Community Care

Fast-track programme Think Ahead will train 320 more mental health social workers after the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) extended its contract up to 2027. The £18.9m extension covers two cohorts, starting in 2024 and 2025, each of 160 trainees, the same size as the 2023 cohort. Following a five-week grounding in social work law and theory, mostly delivered online, the participants will be placed in units of four to six in NHS or local authority mental health services and expected

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We are delighted to launch the 2024 World Social Work Day Poster

International Federation of Social Workers

As we approach World Social Work Day 2024, we are excited to unveil the theme: “Buen Vivir: Shared Future for Transformative Change”, which is rooted in the Global Agenda and […]

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LAUNCH OF GLOBAL AGENDA THEME 4: “BUEN VIVIR: SHARED FUTURE FOR TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE”

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

The International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), the International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) and the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) are delighted to launch the theme for the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development 2024: “ Buen Vivir: Shared Future for Transformative Change “. The theme will also be presented at the 2024 World Conference on Social Work and Social Development in Panama.

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Rising children’s social care costs deepening councils’ financial woes, finds study

Community Care

Rising children’s services demand and care placement costs are deepening English councils’ financial problems, a study issued this week has found. Despite authorities budgeting to spend 11% more in real terms on children’s social care in 2023-24 than 2022-23, they are on course for a significant overspend on their financial plans, said the County Councils Network (CCN).

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Donuts, Leaves, and Kids

Gary Direnfeld

All those leaves. When our son was a young teen we had a basketball net on the side of the driveway. I kept it in perfect shape. All the kids in the neighborhood knew they could use it. They did. They even had permission to knock on the door if a car was in the way and they wanted to play. They did. Come fall with the leaves off our colorful maple making for a blanket on the front lawn, I stepped out to talk to a group of kids who gathered to play basketball.

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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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Launch of Global Agenda Theme 4: “Buen Vivir: Shared Future for Transformative Change”

International Federation of Social Workers

The International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), the International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) and the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) are delighted to launch the theme […]

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Introducing National CASA/GAL’s new chief development officer Kate Kennedy

National Casa Gal

“I’m excited to join the team at the National CASA/GAL Association,” says Kennedy. “As a foster parent, I’ve seen firsthand the positive influence child advocates have on youth and their families. Read More. The post Introducing National CASA/GAL’s new chief development officer Kate Kennedy appeared first on National CASA/GAL Association for Children.

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Biggest private children’s homes in England made £300m profit last year

The Guardian

Fee income for 20 largest operators – many private equity-owned – soars as councils struggle to meet costs The biggest private providers of children’s homes in England made profits of more than £300m last year, as concern mounts over the conditions some children are being placed in and the spiralling costs for councils. Fee income for the 20 largest operators of independent children’s homes totalled £1.63bn last year, a 6.5% increase on the previous year.

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"Hear, hear!" for this year's 'Nursing in Social Care' award winners

Social Care

Suzanne Mumford (left) and Natalia Stan celebrate their team's thoroughly deserved recognition for a truly transformative project. Passion, motivation and the desire to do more We were delighted to win the Nursing Times Nursing in Social Care Award for a project we are both passionate about. This nurse-led research project, funded by care provider Care UK and The Queen's Nursing Institute (QNI) in collaboration with Tympa Health , researched ways to identify and treat hearing loss and reversible

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Supporting the Unsung Heroes: Clinician's Guide to Easing Caregiver Distress

CAPC

How clinicians can help caregivers alleviate their distress—from a simple, "how are you" and assessment to the adoption of strategies that can improve their well-being.

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Free Mental Health Webinars, November 2023

Social Work.Career

This post is part of the monthly series, Free Webinars for Social Workers and Mental Health Professionals, featuring over 60 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, November 2023 appeared first on SocialWork.Career.

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The second Issue of the International Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics for 2023 has just been published!

International Federation of Social Workers

FSW is pleased to announce that the Volume 20, Issue 2 (2023) of the International Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics has just been published.

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UK public services in ‘doom loop’ due to short-term policies, thinktank warns

The Guardian

Institute for Government says ‘crumbling’ services are far worse than when Tories took power in 2010 Britain’s public services are stuck in a “doom loop” of recurring crises as a result of ministers’ short-term policymaking, a thinktank has warned. Public services are performing worse than before the pandemic and much worse than when the Conservatives came to power in 2010, according to the Institute for Government (IfG) annual report on the state of public services.

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How Successful Is the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline in 2023?

Nnatasha Tracy

As most of you know, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline morphed into the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline last year. This has broadened its scope and who it aims to serve. Millions have accessed the 988 Lifeline through calls, texts, and messages in the last year. This is extremely impressive. But how successful is the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at helping people, and would people call 988 again if they were in distress?

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NCCPR news and commentary roundup, week ending October 31, 2023

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

● If you can’t just get rid of the so-called Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act – a law that neither prevents nor treats child abuse – at least defund the part that does the most harm, and put the money into the part that has some potential to do good. That’s the theme of this Congressional briefing co-sponsored by the RepealCAPTA Coalition. ● Speaking of solutions, the Family Justice Journal has a special issue in which, as the editors explain we invited Advisory and Editorial Board membe

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OBDS Austria: Alternative budget speech to Parliament

International Federation of Social Workers

On October 17, 2023, the FAIR alliance delivered an “alternative budget speech” to Parliament, addressing key issues related to care work, poverty, distributive justice, and their economic implications.

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During Covid, callous Tories knew this about old people: they’re very expensive | Polly Toynbee

The Guardian

From pensions to health to social care, this government has done precious little to prepare for an ageing population Let “ the bodies pile high in their thousands ”, Boris Johnson supposedly said. Not once but often, the Covid inquiry has heard that he was for killing off elderly people, “ obsessed with older people accepting their fate ”. According to the invaluable diary of the chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, our prime minister was saying “ that’s nature’s way of dealing with o

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Age-Friendly Care For Older Adults with Substance Use Disorder

CAPC

An article published in The Lancet: Health Longevity discusses how substance use disorder is a prevalent condition among older adults over the age of 65

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#CASAsoWhite: Our annual Halloween reminder to CASA: No, it’s not a good idea to raise money by holding a talent show with a blackface act. (And yes, one CASA chapter actually did that.)

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

We suggest that the National office for the Court-Appointed Special Advocates program use this item from The Daily Show as a training video In 2018, r esponding to former Today Show anchor Megyn Kelly’s appalling attempt to justify blackface, (for which she has apologized) her colleague Craig Melvin noted that, as a CNN story put it, “this controversy is an opportunity to inform people — but said most people already knew how offensive blackface is.

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Can rights-based practitioner-research contribute to both civic inclusion and inform the social care evidence-base?

The Social Care Elf

The paper sets out and examines the impact of a local project called Promote the Vote running in West Yorkshire. The post Can rights-based practitioner-research contribute to both civic inclusion and inform the social care evidence-base? appeared first on National Elf Service.

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Biggest independent children’s care providers in England made £300m profit last year

The Guardian

Fee income for 20 largest operators – many private equity-owned – soars as councils struggle to meet costs The biggest independent providers of children’s care in England made profits of more than £300m last year, as concern mounts over the conditions that some children are being placed in and the spiralling costs for councils. Fee income for the 20 largest operators of independent children’s care totalled £1.63bn last year, a 6.5% increase on the previous year.

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How Regulation Could Shape the Future of Telehealth in Palliative Care

CAPC

Experts discuss considerations for regulators when shaping telehealth policy, and the positive impacts that telehealth has had for palliative care.

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How to survive in social work

The Masked AMHP

One day, while I was still working in a Community Mental Health Team, one of our nurses returned to base in tears. She had been visiting one of her patients, a woman with bipolar affective disorder. She knew she was relapsing and had been trying to support her and her relatives and had been striving to avoid a hospital admission for several days. The patient had shouted at her.

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Costume, Cosplay and Dressing Up: Fashion and Mental Health

MQ Mental Health

Whether you drool over fashion week in February, dress up for Halloween in October, or enjoy putting on a party frock for the Holidays or New Year's Eve, dressing up holds a lot of power when it comes to self-perception. Research has shone a fascinating light onto the power costume can have on our mental health. So, with Juliette Burton's personal story backed up by research, let’s strip away the layers of misconceptions and adorn ourselves in the facts behind the various facades we can all adop

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Coventry council used Airbnbs to house ‘vulnerable’ teenage boy accused of rape

The Guardian

Judge accuses local authority of a ‘lackadaisical’ attitude to the 16-year-old’s care after regulated providers refused to give him a place A teenage boy who has been accused of multiple rapes was housed in Airbnbs by a local authority after regulated accommodation providers said it would be too risky for them to house him. Airbnbs and other temporary accommodation have been deployed because no secure placement can be found anywhere in England that is prepared to accommodate the child, who self-

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Fernanda Cross Named a 2023 Anti-Racism Research & Community Impact Faculty Fellow

Michigan Social Work

Assistant Professor Fernanda Cross has been named a 2023 Anti-Racism Research & Community Impact Faculty Fellow. The Anti-Racism Collaborative is a partnership of U-M’s National Center for Institutional Diversity with the provost’s anti-racism initiatives and is intended to help support, connect and amplify scholars across the U-M campus who study racial inequality, racial equity and racial justice.

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What Is Xylazine, and Why Is Its Use Growing in Chicago?

Gateway Foundation

Xylazine is among the most dangerous illicit drugs circulating in Illinois and the United States, and the number of xylazine-associated deaths is growing. This potent substance is naloxone-resistant, increasing the risk of overdose deaths. An opioid and xylazine combination is known as tranq, and sellers distribute it because it’s more potent and costs less than other illegal and nonprescription drugs.

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Harnessing Identity: The Key to Facilitating Effective Therapy Groups?

Society of Clinical Psychology

Group therapy is an effective means to support positive mental health. It also has the added benefit of being cost-effective, because one clinician can treat many clients at once. However, group therapy facilitation is understudied within psychology, so the evidence-base for how clinicians can lead groups most effectively is limited. In a recently published article, we argue that identity leadership theory can help to address this lack of research, by providing a new and practical framework for

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Bridging Gaps and Creating Change: The Imperative for Social Workers Worldwide to Attend the IFSW African Region Conference in Lagos, Nigeria

International Federation of Social Workers

In a world marked by constant transformation and an ever-evolving social landscape, the role of social workers has never been more crucial.

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Rebeccah Sokol Writes in The Conversation About Ways to Reverse the Rise of Gun Deaths in U.S. Youth

Michigan Social Work

Assistant Professor Rebeccah Sokol wrote in The Conversation about both the increase in gun deaths among children and teens and the research-backed strategies and tools to reverse this trend. “Reducing young people’s access to unsecured and loaded firearms can prevent firearm-involved deaths across all intents including suicide, homicide, and unintentional shootings.

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