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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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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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Total Eclipse

In the main, people working in care choose to do because they want to be caring. But sometimes they don’t support people to live the lives they want to lead. Perhaps it’s the surprisingly ordinary, possibly even dull nature of an ordinary life which leads to workers talking up worries.  Leading to a reframing of […]

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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 […]