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There Goes My First Love

Science seems to have become quite cool. I am not really into it but I am trying and I can now listen to a good 10-15 minutes of Brian Cox without him losing me. I think I was probably put off by science by a series of awful science teachers at secondary school. In fact […]

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Now ain’t the Time for your Tears

It wasn’t the abuse at Whorlton Hall that made us cry. It was the footage of it. High definition images secretly filmed and brilliant audio technology that enabled us to hear the piercing screams right in the heart of our living rooms. Very 21st century. The abuse is significantly older. But really, what were we […]

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Telling us what we want to hear

A guest blog by @DickyBiscuit In this blog post, I will consider a particular phrase I’ve come across, which is used sometimes by a minority of professionals in assessment records.  When used however, it has huge implications for the person being assessed as it assumes the status of evidence which demonstrates or proves that a […]

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Is Social Work Rocket Science?

Is social work complex, like rocket science? I am still not sure. I’ve heard social work be described as being harder than rocket science (which I suppose isn’t hard if you are an actual rocket scientist) and I’ve heard it described as being simple common sense (which I am always sceptical about). I think I […]

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White Christmas

The care home had given notice and were very clear on the telephone call that came through that in their opinion there was nothing more they could do. Betty was a problem. Wandering. Absent Without Leave. Absconding. Leaving other vulnerable people at risk whilst staff had to go find and recover her. She had been […]

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All the leaves are brown

Autumn. All the leaves are brown, and the sky is grey. Some people love the crunch of leaves under foot, the colours demanding attention as they turn gold and red and finally brown before falling. Autumn is called the Fall in America for good reason. I don’t love this season though. To me, Fall is […]

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The only way is ethics

Conflict between the lived experience of practicing as a social worker for a social work employer and trying to fit in to the bigger organisation with your social work values is possibly a big source of stress for social workers. Social workers are employed by lots of different types of employer. Housing associations, community health […]

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#socialcarefuture

Successive UK policy makers since the early 1970s have proposed a role for social workers in meeting the wider needs and aspirations of UK citizens by acting as a source of advice and connecting people into wider circles of support to sustain their independence and wellbeing.  However laudable as a direction for social work this […]

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Kampf um Anerkennung

The struggle for recognition, Kampf um Anerkennung, was proposed by the German philosopher Hegel (1807). Hegel philosophised that the nature of self-consciousness was the recognition of struggle between two individuals for dominance. Nearly 150 years after Hegel, Hannah Arendt similarly argued in her 1951 book The Origins of Totalitarianism, that human rights are mediated through […]

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To be in among the crowd

Andrews paper file was too big for a filing cabinet. It was also too big to be scanned onto the system. It was locked in a cupboard. Whenever Andrew was allocated a new social worker, which was often, the cupboard was opened, the file carried out and placed on a desk and the new incumbent […]