May, 2024

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What the 2024 general election means for social care

Community Care

Rishi Sunak has called a general election for 4 July. The prime minister made the announcement in a statement in Downing Street today, firing the starting gun on a six-week campaign. The news comes with the Labour Party roughly 20 percentage points ahead in the polls (source: BBC), strongly suggesting they will end 14 years of Conservative rule on polling day.

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Five Ways I Build Mental Wellness

My Brains Not Broken

As it is Mental Health Awareness Month , it’s a good time to share resources, tips and techniques about mental health and wellness. After a decade-plus of living with depression and anxiety, I am proud of how I’ve learned to manage my mental health challenges. However, chronic mental health issues can mean I sometimes go through my day on auto-pilot, which isn’t great for my mental health.

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Managing That Teen

Gary Direnfeld

When the relationship with your teen is in tatters, it’s up to you to restore it. Lectures won’t do it. Gifts won’t do it. Harsher punishments won’t do it either. Consider guerilla love. In guerilla warfare we sneak up on our enemy combatant and when they least suspect it, we attack, slay and sneak away. With guerilla love, we sneak up on our kid not to slay, but to deliver a small and quick act of affection.

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7 of the best social work books for students

Save the Social Worker

Please note: We do not earn affiliate fees from any of these product recommendations and we simply recommend what we find is best. I rub my eyes. I’m falling asleep. I can’t believe the book I’m reading is that boring. But it’s required reading. I know what to do. I’m going to just gloss over to the final conclusion of the book, and get the TLDR (too long didn’t read) version.

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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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‘It feels like contempt’: DWP tells 85-year-old dementia patient to repay £13k

The Guardian

Cypriot-born Sia Kasparis, who speaks limited English, was not told about disability premium overpayment for several years Eighty-five-year-old Sia Kasparis was in her hospital bed in the living room of her small north London flat when there was a knock at the door. The grandmother-of-five has been bedbound for the last two years, the result of a collapsed vertebra and a range of other health problems, including vascular dementia, heart failure and kidney disease.

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Successful lobbying leads to payments for social work students on placement

International Federation of Social Workers

IFSW congratulates the Australian Association of Social Workers, the Australian Council of Heads of Social Work Education, and all other involved parties for their successful lobbying of government ministers to […]

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Mental Illness: What’s Data Science Got To Do With It?

MQ Mental Health

On Thursday 25 April 2024, the DATAMIND and MQ Data Science Meeting took place in Swansea. The DATAMIND Hub maximises data's value by safely and securely uniting data from many sources, including health records, schools and administrative data, charity data, research trials, genomics, longitudinal studies and cohort data. DATAMIND ensures data can be found through the UK Health Data Research Innovation Gateway, meaning researchers can use the data to help address complicated questions about ment

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Leeches and Snakes and Turtles, Oh My!

Gary Direnfeld

It was one of those showers that felt extra good. Plenty of hot water. Nice stream. It flowed over me. It came after this mornings kayak ride. The shower wasn’t necessary from sweating. It was because when I first got into the kayak, I wasn’t centered. I bailed. Our house backs onto a little waterway. It’s actually a man-made lagoon that was dug somewhere around the 1920s.

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Social care nursing at the heart of International Nurses Day 2024

Social Care

"[As] a profession, [we are] proud to celebrate our cultural diversity and the wealth of unique perspectives, experiences and innovations our global majority nurses bring to our practice." [Image created by freepik.com ] Pride and recognition I’ve been in this profession for decades, but only in recent years has the wider world begun to realise the full range, experience and contribution social care nursing colleagues bring to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

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Revealed: thousands of ‘innocent and abandoned’ migrant care workers told to leave UK

The Guardian

Observer and Bureau of Investigative Journalism find that workers whose sponsoring company had been sanctioned were also being punished Thousands of migrant care workers have been threatened with deportation, despite doing nothing wrong, after the Home Office took enforcement action against their employers. In one case, a brother and sister from India who paid a recruitment agency £18,000 to secure care jobs in the UK, only to find they had been scammed, were told they must find another company

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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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#SWFuturesForum2024 and The Future of Social Work

Stuck on Socialwork

It has been about two years since I posted something. My disappearance has been due to starting my Doctorate in Social Work about two years ago. What made me reappear? A conference about the future of social work. This is confluence of events for me as I have spent this semester narrowing the scope of.

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Reform Mental Health Act and implement LPS: new ADASS president’s message to next government

Community Care

The next government should take forward reform of the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) and implementation of the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) in its first 100 days in office, the incoming Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) president has said. However, Melanie Williams said she was not expecting either major party to implement the cap on care costs and associated reforms to the adult social care charging system should they win the next election.

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Still Moving: Eating Disorders And Movement For Mental Health

MQ Mental Health

Content warning: This blog references eating disorders and suicide For Mental Health Awareness Week 2024, the theme is 'Movement for Mental Health'. For many, that might translate to exercise, which is one interpretation of the theme. For those with eating disorders, movement or exercise holds some challenges. Whereas every May we are introduced to a different theme for Mental Health Awareness Week, every January, we are exposed to the invariable theme of countless adverts about fitness plans, c

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Realizing One’s Partner is a Narcissist

Gary Direnfeld

She thought her husband had changed. She emplored him to go to therapy so as to return to the man she thought she knew. He wouldn’t. He was pleased with himself. He felt it was she who was the problem. She wouldn’t cowtow to his bidding. He pressed harder, more nasty. She would give in. He would be nice again… and on and on it went.

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The Evolution of Library Social Work

Social Work Blog

Libraries are gateways to accessing care, strengthening communities, and meeting people where they are Heather Rose Artushin, LISW-CP By Heather Rose Artushin, LISW-CP Now more than ever, libraries are much more than book depositories. They are living, breathing community centers, filled with people who have psychosocial needs – people who could benefit from the support of a social worker.

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How can a child in care cost £281,000 a year? Ask the wealth funds that have councils over a barrel | George Monbiot

The Guardian

Children crying out for stability are paying the highest price for Britain’s chaotic and exploitative residential care I’m a patron of a small local charity that helps struggling children to rebuild trust and connection. It’s called Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship , and it works by bringing them together with rescued horses. The horses, like many of the children, arrive traumatised, anxious and frightened.

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IFSW Stands in Support of Pro-Peace Students in Universities Across the USA

International Federation of Social Workers

The Education Commission of the International Federation of Social Workers, expresses its steadfast support for the social work students and staff who have courageously participated in the pro-peace encampments at […]

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‘Hundreds of social workers left in limbo’: BASW and unions urge action on fitness to practise delays

Community Care

Hundreds of social workers in England are being “left in limbo”, often unable to work, because of long and increasing delays in fitness to practise (FTP) cases. That was the warning from the British Association of Social Workers (BASW), Social Workers Union (SWU) and UNISON in a joint statement yesterday setting out their “significant concerns” about Social Work England’s operation of the FTP system.

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Movement Is Hope: Mental Health Awareness Week 2024

MQ Mental Health

This Mental Health Awareness Week 2024, the theme is Movement for Mental Health. In this article, MQ staff member Juliette Burton (pictured above) explains why her mental health lived experience has led to her movement – running to raise money for mental health research and why it matters so much to her. Research is Key Movement starts with hope. My mental illnesses led me to some hopeless times.

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Attachment Theory Through Three Examples

Gary Direnfeld

The baby goes wah. It’s the parent’s job to figure out why so that they may soothe the child. The parent often checks the diaper first. It’s quick and easy. Assuming a clean diaper and the baby is still in distress, the parent tries to feed the child, wondering if hungry. However, in this case the child continues to wah. Not sure what to do next, the parent lifts the child in the air and goes, “Cootchi coo.” With that, the child settles.

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How to Manage Anxiety and Depression in Patients with Serious Illness

CAPC

A leading psychiatrist shares how to identify and address anxiety and depression in people living with serious illness, and when to refer to a specialist.

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Ministers clawing back £251m from carers hit by DWP’s allowance failures

The Guardian

‘Strikingly large’ sum being recouped from people who fell foul of system that did not flag overpayments Ministers are clawing back more than £250m from unpaid carers over benefit infringements that occurred largely as a result of government failures, it can be revealed. More than 134,000 people who care for loved ones are being forced to repay often huge carer’s allowance overpayments.

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IFSW works with WHO on Transforming Health Policy and Practice

International Federation of Social Workers

IFSW has been invited to work with The World Health Organisation (WHO) as they undertake a refocus that emphasizes engagement and relationships between action-orientated leaderful communities, populations and health authorities.

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‘Why we need to celebrate – not stigmatise – neurodiversity in social work’

Community Care

By Deb Solomon Recently councils and other employers of social workers in the UK have been encouraged to sign up to a new pledge to celebrate neurodiversity in the profession. But why? At the moment there is a patchy picture of acceptance for neurodivergent social workers, those with conditions – or neurotypes – such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

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Challenge Yourself: Moving For Mental Health

MQ Mental Health

This Mental Health Awareness Week 2024, the theme is 'Movement For Mental Health'. Movement sometimes can be challenging. Life can be challenging enough at the best of times, so why is it good for us to set ourselves even more challenging goals? MQ's staff member Juliette Burton explains why setting yourself a challenge can be good for you. Each February I take part in the London Winter Run Series where I run 10k and raise money for charity.

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Growth – It comes from the problems we face….

Gary Direnfeld

My first essay at university earned me a “D” It was written on the top of the page as a large red letter. The comment beneath the letter was, “You have a serious writing problem.” I went to that prof and asked for help. He told me to read Hemingway. I told him I didn’t enjoy novels and he said that I should get his anthology of short stories then.

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Odessa Gonzalez Benson Joins Editorial Board of Social Service Review

Michigan Social Work

Assistant Professor Odessa Gonzalez Benson has joined the editorial board of Social Service Review. The journal publishes original research on social issues, social welfare policy and social work practice. Established in 1927, it is the oldest continually published social welfare journal in the U.S.

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Ministers knew about carer’s allowance problems three years ago, report reveals

The Guardian

Suppressed DWP study told of hardship endured by carers forced to repay thousands after minor allowance breaches Ministers were warned three years ago that unpaid carers were being treated unfairly and forced to repay huge sums for minor benefit breaches, a long suppressed government report has revealed. A Department for Work and Pensions document presented to politicians in 2021 detailed how carers – the majority of whom were on low incomes and spending 65 hours a week caring for loved ones – e

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IFSW AFRICA REGION CONFERENCE-2025

International Federation of Social Workers

SAVE THE DATE AFRICA REGION CONFERENCE 2025 French – SAVE THE DATE CONFÉRENCE DE LA RÉGION AFRIQUE 2025 Portuguese – GUARDAR A DATA CONFERÊNCIA DA REGIÃO DE ÁFRICA 2025 The […]

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Get up to speed with the DfE’s children’s social care reforms

Community Care

The government’s Stable Homes, Built on Love strategy is the biggest reform programme for children’s social care in many years. It is designed to ensure that many more children are supported to stay with their families or, with kinship carers; that those at risk are much better protected than is currently the case, and that those who do need to go into care receive a much better experience and, as a result, better life chances than now.

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Nursing Maneuvers for Shoulder Dystocia

Relias

Though relatively rare, shoulder dystocia can cause serious complications if not addressed quickly and effectively. To protect the health of both parents and infants, obstetric care teams must have a robust shoulder dystocia management plan in place. They must also continuously improve their shoulder dystocia preparation and management skills. In this article, we’ll review nursing maneuvers for shoulder dystocia and the key role nurses play in shoulder dystocia cases.

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Those @#!$* Video Games!

Gary Direnfeld

So many parents seem befuddled, not knowing what to do when their child is hooked on video games. They spend considerable time negotiating, coaching, goading, yelling, screaming and threatening. If the child cannot stop their play and is resistant to any of those approaches, the real solution is to cut off their supply. It’s important to appreciate that gaming can be compared to any substance addiction.

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When Is ‘Staring Into Space’ A Sign That We Need To Focus On Our Mental Health?

Blurt It Out

We might have a friend who has a habit of staring off into space, always thinking about something completely obscure. Perhaps they seem to be in another world entirely, perfectly content in their alternate universe, yet they appear to function absolutely fine in ours when they bring themselves back down to earth. When they do, they will usually happily talk to us about whatever off-the-wall concept they were thinking about.

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Next government urged to wake up to UK’s ‘shocking’ levels of child poverty

The Guardian

Charities call for law within first 100 days after general election to ensure annual rises in the financial help parents receive The next government should pass a new law within 100 days of winning the general election that would commit ministers to eradicating child poverty for good, the five biggest UK children’s charities say this weekend. The organisations demand legislation in the first king’s speech that would include plans for a “child lock” – equivalent to the current pensions “triple lo

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IFSW Longstanding Leader Honoured with a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award for Services to Social Care’

International Federation of Social Workers

IFSW long-term volunteer and leader Nigel Hall has just been awarded the ‘Chairman’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Services to Social Care’ by the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards on 11 May 2024 […]

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