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Choose to Challenge

A guest blog from social worker @babs_fitz I came across an online article by Jenny Proudfoot (in Marie Claire magazine) which, I think, essentially captures the strength, influence, drive and determination of some of the influential and inspirational women over the last 100 years. Proudfoot rolls through the decades from the 1920’s to the 2020’s […]

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Who decides what’s ‘normal’

A blog by a student social worker @RShirtliffe Grab yourself a drink before getting into this, it’s not that long but the drink has a purpose… 2020 has been nothing short of a complete and utter write off for a lot of people, across the world not just here in Britain. However, there is a […]

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Falling in love with You

I saw her at lunchtime in the kitchen. She was working in the there as part of the new cookery course I think. There’s a few of them. They work in the kitchen some days and the rest of their time they are in the day centre in classes. She had a blue hairnet thing […]

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A Winter’s Tale

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Tis the Twitching Hour

By @Mwharvey Recent weeks have brought national inclusion week focussing on employment for all and world mental health day in to our thinking. Both of these events caused me to reflect upon a decision to share something very personal with, my then new work colleagues, in an attempt to support others. Over the last year, […]

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Think Small, Act Small: The Value of all things Local

Guest Blog by social workers Charlotte and Ryan I think everyone would agree that lockdown has made us re-evaluate whats really important in our lives – whether that is our freedom, our families and friends or just being able to get a delivery from the supermarket! But one thing that’s really come out of it […]

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Adult Social Work – 50 Years Young (and the Debate is only just Starting)

As we adjust to a world pandemic and the impact this has had on our society many are starting to look to the future and consider what next. What have we done in a few months that can be normal practice and business as usual in the future? What doesn’t work and how can we […]

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Social Work, Covid-19 and Hope

Do you remember when at the end of the 6 weeks holiday on one hand you dreaded going back to school, but on the other you were looking forward to seeing your mates again and falling back into the routine? As we start to come out of lockdown, for us, it feels a bit like […]

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In Our Best Interests

Steven Neary’s unlawful detention at the hands of the state is something we talk a lot about to students and social workers. When we have heard Mark recount what happened to Steven he often mentions that Steven serenaded the ATU manager with Queen’s ‘I Want To Break Free’. To his dad Mark, and with the […]

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Happy Ever After ?

So this piece of writing is a bit of an early morning reflective supervision session at the end of laptop as I take a breath, and pause, and begin to absorb just how truly terrible the casualty numbers are from this virus.  In a week which has distorted comprehension to such a point that the […]