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About a boy called Steven

If you follow @MarkNeary1 you will know he is currently curating #RightfulLives – see here https://twitter.com/MarkNeary1/status/1003525646662995968?s=19 Spotted in another thought provoking blog was a reminder of context for the the call for lives to be rightful: In a debate on “Hospital and Patient Welfare” in the House of Commons in 1964, the MP for Abertillery […]

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The Ghost in the ATM

A few years ago, when I was a Team Manager, I chaired a meeting about a man who the Local Authority had recently placed in a care home. During the meeting I noticed that the man’s mother Sheila was becoming increasingly frustrated by the meeting, in particular she became fidgety as the Social Worker insisted […]

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#promotetheldvote

In 2015, social workers supported people to participate in the General Election. To find out more, the first 50 people to click on this link will be able to download the paper for free – https://www.emeraldinsight.com/eprint/5A9ESHWF4FBNZ6S2AH9G/full If you still need any persuading that #promotetheldvote matters – take 5 minutes to watch this: https://btmprojects.com/2018/04/11/2274/

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Dreams

First blog ever! Inspired by an email I received today. I’ve often thought about whether I’d be any good at writing a blog but I guess you’ll be the judge of that now. So anyway, today I was copied into this email at work, from our Principal Social Worker asking for contributions towards an e-book […]

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Clouds in my Coffee

My favourite mornings start with a coffee. I’m a member of the coffee club at work. Gossiping with others over that first cup is a ritual that grounds the day. There’s something about the feeling of belonging that being part of the coffee club brings. I can’t imagine how it would feel to have that […]

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For the Valentines I never knew

There’s a song by a band called the Wedding Present which like so many other songs is about falling in love.  It’s called A Million Miles.  It’s about that moment when you meet someone for the first time. The moment when your stomach spins. You can’t eat, you can’t sleep and yet despite this, as the […]

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Love is all you need

Sheila had a secret. She had a lover. She had kept this secret for over 20 years following the death of her husband so that she wouldn’t upset her daughters. They knew, of course, about her gentleman friend, but they had strongly disapproved. And when they had arranged for her to move into a care […]

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Till One by One They were Gone

A few months ago, I was talking to a social worker. She was telling me about a man called Peter that she had worked with.  She told me that Peters relationship with balloons (as in the ones you see at a birthday party etc) is a critical feature of his life. She went on to […]

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I want to break free

On the 13th March 2017, the law commission published their long overdue report on Mental Capacity and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).  The report finally arrived a week after news broke of the death of Rusi Stanev, aged 61.  The ruling on Stanev v Bulgaria by the European Court of Human Rights in 2012 was a catalyst for change […]

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No Further Action

The purpose of this blog post is to encourage social workers to consider how their use of language when writing about or referring to people can impact on practice. It explores some challenging ideas which reference the disability studies literature. A Guest Social Worker Blog  When I first qualified as a social worker I had […]