2021

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Zahawi: take children into care when ‘any inkling of harm’

Community Care

Children should be removed from their families if there is “any inkling” of harm to them, the education secretary has said.

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When Your Partner Sits Around Playing Video Games and You’re Carrying the Family

Gary Direnfeld

Remember that movie from 2006, “Failure to Launch?” They finally get the guy in his thirties out of his parent’s house long enough to meet a gal. The movie was based on a social trend of men who never left home.

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Remembering The Connection Between Physical and Mental Wellness

My Brains Not Broken

As someone who celebrates Christmas, this past week was a busy one. The holiday season can take its toll on us in many ways, and while I tend to shine a spotlight on mental wellness during the holidays, there are other areas of wellness that are important to remember.

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Supporting social contact during the pandemic

Martin Webber

Most people with psychosis want more contact with other people. Blog Loneliness

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Get Connected: Using Social Media for Social Work Success

Speaker: Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW.

In this webinar with business development consultant Gary Direnfeld, we will explore the different methods of marketing your private social work practice and boosting your online presence. Gary will provide valuable insight on choosing and using social media to attract viable referrals.

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Social Work Jobs of the Future Game – Let’s Play

Social Work Futures

As a way to explore futures thinking in the social work profession, I’ve developed a new game. I’ve enjoyed using this with students and on recent consultations – and it gives all involved a chance to play with a number of meaningful futures/foresight ideas.

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Time all voices were heard

Social Care

Personalised social care reform must consider every person's "experience, history, culture, beliefs and needs." Image created by freepik.com ]. I believe social care exists to support people to live healthy, meaningful lives.

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Mental Illness Can Prevent Daily Hygiene

Nnatasha Tracy

Mental illness can prevent daily hygiene. I've been a victim of this and so have so many other people. Some people have come to me in confidence and said that they can't brush their teeth and it's causing major dental problems.

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How Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Schools Prepares Young People to Thrive in a Multiracial Society

Swhelper

Linda R. Tropp. Debates about the value and meaning of public education are not just about report cards and standardized test scores. The hope is that public education will equip youth with what they need to reach their full potential and flourish as the next generation of citizens.

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World Social Work Day 2022

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

The next World Social Work Day takes place on the 15th March 2022. The theme: ´Co-building a New Eco-Social World: Leaving No One Behind´ coincides with the theme of the people´s summit that will take place on the 29th June to the 2 nd July.

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An important moment for social work and social care

Social Work With Adults

Reform has social work values built in. I am so pleased to be writing this blog, celebrating the publication of ‘ People at the heart of care ’, the Government's adult social care reform White Paper. Social work and social care values are at its core.

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Fostering system at risk of reaching ‘breaking point’, warns Ofsted

Community Care

England’s care system needs an “urgent boost to the number of foster carers” to avoid reaching “breaking point”.

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The Perfect Child, Also Unwell.

Gary Direnfeld

The call was about the one child who was continually acting out, skipping school, getting into trouble. The other child was described as perfect, a perfectionist actually. That child had great grades and only concentrated on school work.

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The Holidays Aren’t Easy for Everyone

My Brains Not Broken

As I’ve written before, I tend to get sad during the wintertime. At this point, it’s become something to expect and prepare for more than anything else, but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating when it happens.

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The mental health social work matrix

Martin Webber

New research reveals the complex matrix of mental health social work in Local Authorities and NHS Mental Health Trusts in England and Wales. Blog Mental health social work PhD research

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Anticipatory Social Work: The Future is Plural

Social Work Futures

(Photo is from Cape Horn Lookout – Columbia River Gorge, Washington, USA – sunrise. Taken by L.Nissen). This blog was started as a way to track my journey as a social worker, and social work scholar, as I “learned out loud” about what futures work/foresight was all about.

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Developing a Personalized Social Media Policy for Social Work Practice

Teaching & Learning in Social Work

Editor’s Note : This blog post is adapted from the Second Edition of the Social Media Toolkit for Social Work Field Educators.

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Preparing for Liberty Protection Safeguards

Social Care

While the processes relating to an authorisation of a deprivation of liberty will change, the sector skills, knowledge and experience gained under the Care Act framework means there is already a solid foundation for expected practice under LPS. Positive developments.

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Trigger Warnings Don’t Work — Don’t Use Trigger Warnings

Nnatasha Tracy

Trigger warnings don't work. I know that's a controversial statement as trigger warnings have crept into seemingly all aspects of media. But trigger warnings did this without anyone studying the effects of including a trigger warning.

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What Do You Know About Disability Cultural Competence?

Swhelper

Elspeth Slayter. Recently, I had the opportunity to give a webinar on disability cultural competence to social service workers, but was met with many blank stares. As a disabled social worker myself, I often notice that the disability community is not recognized as a cultural group.

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IASSW Announces The Release Of Social Dialogue Magazine # 25

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

IASSW Announces The Release Of Social Dialogue Magazine # 25. Dear Friends, International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) is ready with an excellent volume of Social Dialogue.

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Racism and Mistreatment in the Mental Health Field: A Practitioner’s Voice

inSocialWork

Danielle Hamner. The social work profession places a high value on diversity, inclusion, and social justice. In the context of working with marginalized populations – specifically Black clients – to what degree is this story of social work values reality versus myth?

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Lower caseloads key to improving child protection following Arthur case, say social workers

Community Care

Social workers have said more resources and lower caseloads are the top priority for improving child protection following the murder of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.

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Why Are You Doing The Work of The Other Parent When Separated?

Gary Direnfeld

It’s not uncommon for one to really want to do what’s right for the kids while the other seems to work against their interests. In wanting to do what’s right, some believe that they should make life appear as much as it did after the separation as before.

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Teenagers and Mental Health: A Q&A with Tilly’s Life Center

My Brains Not Broken

Mental health is important for everyone, but it’s especially important to spotlight teenagers and mental health. For today’s post, I was able to talk with Monica Utley, the Executive Director of Tilly’s Life Center.

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Social work education – long and slow or short and fast?

Martin Webber

New 4-year integrated Masters qualifying programme in social work at the University of York is producing confident, skilled and experienced practitioners. Blog Social work education York

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Emerging Words for the Future – Fall 2021 Edition!

Social Work Futures

Over the last couple of years and through my own foresight journey (as a social worker and a human)…I’ve found emerging language regarding the future to be really interesting, illuminating, sometimes troubling, and valuable.

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Using LinkedIn for #SWVirtualPal

Teaching & Learning in Social Work

Editor’s note: This post is cross-published on the Social Work Virtual Pal website. Social Work Virtual Pal is a global and virtual community of practice for the social work profession, that digitizes the practice of having a pen pal for professional learning and networking.

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Reform will be driven by an empowered workforce

Social Care

"Care certificates will create a new delivery standard recognised across the sector, which will facilitate more rewarding career paths for all colleagues and make sure there is a knowledge baseline for every care role." Photo by Lauren.hurley@dhsc.gov.uk, DHSC]. Making the most of our people.

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Tips to Beat Anxiety During the Holidays

Nnatasha Tracy

Anxiety is such a common thing during this time of year, but you can beat anxiety during the holidays. I know things like parties, family, entertaining, and all the other things associated with the holidays can be anxiety-inducing for people -- me too.

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The 2022 World Social Work Day Poster Launched

International Federation of Social Workers

The 2022 World Social Work Day Poster Launched The 2022 World Social Work Day Poster was launched today. It highlights the theme ´Co-building a New Eco-Social World: Leaving No One Behind´.

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Digital exhibition: Making the Invisibility of Social Work Interventions in Climate Issues Visible

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

Digital exhibition: Making the Invisibility of Social Work Interventions in Climate Issues Visible. Professor Lena Dominelli is a qualified social worker and holds a Chair in Social Work at the University of Stirling. Lena has specific interests in climate change and extreme weather events.

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The Digital Divide is a Human Rights Issue

Swhelper

SWHELPER. The COVID-19 pandemic shed a glaring light on the important role that technology and access to high-speed internet play our lives. You would not be able to read this story without an internet connection and a device to read it on.

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Social worker wins appeal to have discrimination claims against council reconsidered

Community Care

A social worker has won an appeal against an employment tribunal’s decision to throw out her claims of discrimination against her former employer, meaning they will be reconsidered.