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Strengths Approach means never having to ask someone what they’re good at

A blog by @tanya_tavi Strengths practitioners focus on what people can do. This doesn’t mean we skirt over difficulties or risk. It doesn’t mean we ignore sorrows, challenges or pain. Strengths practitioners see the full picture and work with the reality and messiness of life. Strengths isn’t a naïve approach to practice, it’s a realistic […]

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Social Work and the Ambiguity of Hope

a blog in parts Love and Hope Part 1 – by @briantheroomie Just what makes that little old antThink he’ll move that rubber tree plantAnyone knows an ant, can’tMove a rubber tree plantBut he’s got high hopesHe’s got high hopesHe’s got high apple pieIn the sky hopes(Van Heusen, Khan 1959) When Sinatra sang these lines […]

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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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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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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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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 […]

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Social Work, Covid-19 and Being Human

  Social Workers have our own version of the old joke – how many social workers does it take to change a light bulb? The answer is, and always will be, ‘one, you’. We change the light bulb, we don’t refer on for someone else to sort. We need to be there when everyone else […]

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Nice ‘n’ Sleazy does it every time

By @briantheroomie When one considers representation and inclusion within the arts then it seems there is a huge omission in relation to people with a learning disability. Goddard (2014) argues that people have very little or indeed no say in the in the development of the inclusion agenda when considering the professional arts from a […]