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Ten thousand whispering and nobody listening

I received my social work qualification in the post just two days before I started my first ever social work post. New social workers, in the days before we defined Newly Qualified Social Workers, were just called a new social worker. The fact that you were newly qualified was never  discussed. I was a social worker. […]

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All life is an experiment – I am not vulnerable!

I once worked with a young woman called Emma (not her real name) who had a mental impairment and would sometimes go into town alone, whereupon two young women would sometimes meet up with her. Emma would withdraw £200 from the ATM which she would share with these people. After an hour or so, the […]

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 The Liberty Safeguards – the door is open for better social work

On the 13th March 2017, the Law Commission published their report on Mental Capacity and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.  The overdue 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 […]

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The milkmen of human kindness

Firstly, if you haven’t read Mark Nearys fantastic book ‘Where Have All the Milkmen Gone’ then we think that’s a good place to start. Mark totally gets it when it comes to social work for Steven. He doesn’t want someone who thinks they know Steven and Mark better than Steven and Mark know themselves. He doesn’t […]

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Winter – Part 3

Each year the headlines going into the NHS winter seem to forecast a bleaker outlook.   See last winter Or the one before that Whilst the 1st October still feels very autumnal, the build up to this years NHS winter is underway. 2016/17 building up to be like worst year for A&E performance in some […]

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Someone to Safeguard

The referral was pretty bog standard these days. The neighbours didn’t get Elsie’s permission for any of her details to be referred to Social Services. In truth it had never crossed their minds they’d be asked for this. When pushed by the call centre about the issue of consent they said that they didn’t think […]

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Happiness

Where do you start in the search to define happiness?  Why would you even try?  How arrogant must you be to think you could make a determination as to what constitutes the basis on which another person would be happy? The World Health Organisation has been exploring ideas about social and economic progress being measured […]

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The elephant in the room in adult social work is often a cat

Firstly, thanks to @Harr_Ferguson for the title which was inspired by this tweet: Research needed on the role of pets in #socialwork – in my studies dogs tend to be the elephant in the room https://t.co/hkI7tZNN7d — Harry Ferguson (@Harr_Ferguson) April 8, 2016 I remembered this tweet today whilst driving home and reflecting on having heard several […]

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#SWisHumanRights

On Friday 200 of us came together in York from across the country to talk about social work, social justice and working together to to uphold the universal character of human rights as enshrined within the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. […]

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What is a Principal Social Worker and what do they do? Easy Read

Click below for an easy read guide to find out what a Principal Social Worker is and What they do. What is a PSW Easy Read Source: What is a Principal Social Worker and what do they do? Easy Read