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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The 14 best books to read as a social worker

Save the Social Worker

Take a look at your shelf now. Chances are, if you have a book on social work from university, you might have shelved it, never to read it again. Or you might wonder how to get rid of it by giving it as a Christmas present. Or it might be a paperweight for your growing pile of unsettled paperwork. And here I am telling you to read more social work books?

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Navigating AI in Social Work Education

Teaching & Learning in Social Work

Editor’s note: In this blog post, four social worker educators share a sample from their new and free resource about using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in social work education. Alexander Rubin , LCSW, is a clinical assistant professor based in field education at the University at Buffalo School of School of Social Work. He specializes in community partnership development, field-specific teaching, and innovation in field education.

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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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Tributes to Lea Milligan, MQ’s CEO

MQ Mental Health

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of MQ’s CEO Lea Milligan who passed away following a sudden illness on Monday the 15th of April. Lea dedicated his life to helping other people. He turned down a place at Oxford University, deciding instead to launch his career in the charity sector. He started by delivering cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and alternative education programmes in prisons before becoming COO of City Gateway who provide support to at-risk children and women in

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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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So long and thanks.

Social Work With Adults

Lyn, enjoying the stunning vistas of her home country, Australia, on an earlier trip.for all the amazing adult social work This is my farewell post before I step down as Chief Social Worker for Adults. It was a privilege and an honour to take on this role over 10 years ago, the first of its kind in England. I am so very grateful for all the support I have received from so many people in the sector, especially those who draw on care and support and those who care for them.

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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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Profiles in cowardice: Terrified of demagogic politicians, family police agencies in two states prolong the agony of a five-year-old and his mother.

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

All of the love, compassion and common decency in this case came from people not employed by family police agencies. Massachusetts "Child Advocate" Maria Mossaides was not involved in this case. Had she been asked, she probably would have made the right call. But, though it wasn't her intent, she's fomented a climate of fear that helped prolong this child's agony.

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Young LGBTQ+ People in Residential Social Care Face Pervasive Discrimination and Unmet Need

The Social Care Elf

Happy New Year to one and all from down here in the woodland. To start us off with a bang for 2024, we have a blog from Lizzie Furber, one of our social care elf editorial team, highlighting a scoping review that is the first of its kind in the UK. Introduction LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, [read the full story.] The post Young LGBTQ+ People in Residential Social Care Face Pervasive Discrimination and Unmet Need appeared first on National Elf Service.

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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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DHSC to publish every council’s waiting times for adult social care assessments and services

Community Care

The government plans to publish data on every council’s waiting times for adult social care assessments and services, it has revealed. The DHSC announced the plans in guidance on councils’ use of its ring-fenced market sustainability and improvement fund (MSIF) , a grant designed to drive improved performance in adult social care, including by cutting waiting times.

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How I Misunderstood the Meaning of Rest

My Brains Not Broken

It’s the wintertime, which means that we’re all tired, and the desire to do anything is as frozen as the weather. I often write about how challenging the wintertime can be for our mental health, and it happens every year. Like seasons, we go through our own cycles, reaching the same points across the calendar year. Even though January has become known as a time of resolutions and rebirth, I enjoy pushing back on that.

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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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NASW Proudly Acknowledges Women’s History Month

Social Work Blog

By Yasoda Sharma, PhD, MSW March is recognized as Women’s History Month, with the 2024 United Nations theme being “Invest in Women, Accelerate Progress.” Women worldwide face numerous challenges, underscoring the urgent need for comprehensive actions to empower them. Investing in women is the pivotal first step to drive change and accelerate the transition towards a just, safe, and more egalitarian society for all.

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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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Nairobi, Kenya to Host 2026 World Conference on Social Work and Social Development

International Federation of Social Workers

The tripartite committee comprising 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 […]

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Vulnerable teenagers ‘dumped and abandoned’ in hotels by councils in England

The Guardian

Campaigners say cash-strapped local authorities are placing young people in budget accommodation, making them targets for grooming by criminal gangs Vulnerable teenagers in care are being placed in hotels by cash-strapped councils, with experts warning they are being “served up” to criminal gangs. Children aged 16 to 17 are entering care in greater numbers than any other age group, often with complex needs, and experts say many councils in England now have nowhere to put them.

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JCSW/UNSW International Seminar on SocialWelfare in Asia and the Pacific Rim 2024

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

The Japan College of Social Work and the University of New South Wales is co-hosting a joint workshop on field education. It is also supported by JASWE. It is a hybrid event (at JCSW, UNSW and online) and completely free with simultaneous interpretation. Date is March 2, 2014 and time is 11:00 AM 3:00 PM(SYD) / 09:00 AM-1:00 PM(TYO) For registration, Please apply by February 29.☞ [link] For more details click here : JCSW/UNSW International Seminar The post JCSW/UNSW International Seminar on Soci

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Boosting careers in adult social care

Social Care

As the Department of Health and Social Care announces its adult social care workforce reform package , Oonagh Smyth, CEO of Skills for Care , gives her insight into what this means for recruiting, retaining and empowering the care workforce. The Care Workforce Pathway and Care Certificate will help new and existing care colleagues chart a bright and rewarding future [Image created by freepik.com ] A positive direction for social care I’m pleased we've begun 2024 with the Government's announcemen

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Backers of a bill that tries to legitimize hidden foster care in Virginia say it creates guardrails. On the contrary; it sends the rights of children and families careening off a cliff.

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

A judge in neighboring North Carolina says the same approach is unconstitutional, one county alone has paid more than $53 million to settle lawsuits and there even have been criminal charges. There are two very important things to know about the process by which a child welfare agency removes a child from a parent and places that child with some other kinship caregiver.

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Unveiling the Hidden Struggles: Lived Experience, impact and coping amongst children of parents who use substances

The Social Care Elf

Introduction This paper, from Muir and colleagues (2023), details a systematic review exploring the lived experiences of children and young people whose parents use substances. We know from a wide range of research and policy, that parental drug and alcohol use has wide ranging impacts on young people throughout their lives, and this study, which includes the [read the full story.

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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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Mental Health Tips and Reminders to Start 2024

My Brains Not Broken

Hello friends, and Happy New Year! Since I’ve written several New Year’s posts on this blog, I thought I’d try my hand at it again in 2024. In past years, my messages around the new year have varied greatly. Early on in this blog’s history, I wrote about my rejection of New Year’s resolutions and the pressure they put on us.

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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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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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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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Reminder: Your chance to take part in the biggest global study of challenging working conditions of social workers

International Federation of Social Workers

All social workers are invited to help create the biggest overview of often-challenging working conditions of social workers around the globe. The survey is open until 31 May 2024.

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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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Moving Social Work: it means what it says!

Social Work With Adults

"Moving Social Work focuses on increasing physical activity [opportunities for disabled people] and the benefits this generates for mind and body." [Image created by freepik.com ] Equality of opportunity Modern social work is many things, but one of its central tenets involves the belief that everyone should have access to the same opportunities to live full, active, healthy lives, regardless of circumstance and background.

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Unleashing career potential in adult social care

Social Care

"There will. be funding for hundreds of apprenticeships and digital training places so that new and existing care colleagues can keep pace with the latest digital innovations." [Image created by freepik.com ] New package of training, support and professional development It feels like a long time coming (and there’s nothing wrong with extensive preparation to get things right) but finally, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced a package of measures to elevate the true value, vari

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“They’re not your children anymore.” Notes on news coverage of a landmark lawsuit

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

Yesterday’s post was, in effect, a guest blog. The Complaint filed by the Family Justice Law Center , the New York University School of Law Family Defense Clinic and two private law firms – especially the introductory section – reads like great journalism. So I reprinted that part, in full. Given its pitch-perfect portrayal of how the New York City Administration for Children’s Services treats children and families, it’s no wonder it generated at least nine ten news stories, including: The New Y

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NIA-Funded Study Explores Re-Engagement of Black Older Adults After COVID-19

University of Connecticut

With the support of a $7 million National Institutes on Aging (NIA) Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center grant, Assistant Professor Rupal Parekh is leading a pilot study about the impact of social isolation and loneliness on the health and well-being of Black and African American older adults in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Parekh’s research goal is to investigate both the barriers and the facilitators of engagement for Black and African American older adults in activities

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Free Loaves on Fridays: 100 care experienced children and adults tell their story

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. Free Loaves on Fridays , a new anthology containing letters, stories and poems by 100 care experienced children and adults, was launched last week. The book, edited by Rebekah Pierre, professional officer at the British Association of Social Workers (BASW), features contributions from people aged 13 to 68, from renowned poet and author Lemn Sissay to first-time writers. “The book hold

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Free Mental Health Webinars, May 2024

Social Work.Career

This post is part of the monthly series, Free Webinars for Social Workers and Mental Health Professionals, featuring almost 50 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, May 2024 appeared first on SocialWork.Career.

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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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