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Diary of a Social Work Student

Diary of a Social Work Student | Social Work | Scoop.it
Names & locations have been omitted for confidentiality reasons.
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how to write a reflective journal - not quite but a lovely resource non-the-less

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Surviving your social work degree placement - Community Care

Surviving your social work degree placement - Community Care | Social Work | Scoop.it
Surviving your social work degree placement: tips from students Current and former students provide some tips on how to avoid potential pitfalls and...
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Don't panic - handy hints on how to survive your social work placement

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Four models for boosting social care assessment capacity under the Care Act - Community Care

Online assessments, outsourcing to voluntary sector and community 'drop-ins' all under consideration by local authorities
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an interesting article regarding the possible ramifications of The Care Act

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What the Care Act 2014 will mean for safeguarding - a legal view - Community Care

What the Care Act 2014 will mean for safeguarding - a legal view - Community Care | Social Work | Scoop.it
Belinda Schwehr examines how the legislation will affect safeguarding investigations, governance and information sharing
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The Care Act and Safeguarding - what will it mean?

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Achieving Academic Success is No. 1 Cause of Stress for 9 out of 10 Students - PR Newswire UK (press release)

Achieving Academic Success is No. 1 Cause of Stress for 9 out of 10 Students PR Newswire UK (press release) New figures published by Endsleigh, which has been insuring students, graduates and young professionals since 1965, reveal that for almost...

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a word of caution

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Care applications reached all time high in July, Cafcass reveals

Care applications reached all time high in July, Cafcass reveals | Social Work | Scoop.it
Explaining the dramatic leap in care demand, Cafcass chief executive Anthony Douglas CBE said it “shows the continuing volatility in the national totals for care applications.”
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a worrying trend

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Care workers must be properly paid and professionally recognised

Care workers must be properly paid and professionally recognised | Social Work | Scoop.it
The Demos Commission on Residential Care recommends that residential care should become a living wage sector, writes Paul Burstow
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Social workers should be paid and trained like doctors

Social workers should be paid and trained like doctors | Social Work | Scoop.it
Social workers deal with messy, complex and ambiguous situations where off-the-peg solutions are often irrelevant. Take a mother who wants to feed a hungry baby, but her fridge is empty because she can’t…
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Kate Kelly's comment, October 28, 2014 9:14 AM
The irony here for me is she goes on to talk about poverty excluding people from achieving what they really want to in life, but the very route she is suggesting for social work will exclude the poorest. I can barely afford to do my undergraduate degree never mind follow it with a masters or a PHD. Why can't further qualifications be done vocationally through the workplace, that way you can specialise and gain the further qualifications while you are actually earning a living wage.
Kate Kelly's comment, October 28, 2014 9:15 AM
as for the question posed at the beginning of the article, I would go out and buy her some milk.........it's a start........
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Bondi fitness scheme turns the tide on treating mental illness

Bondi fitness scheme turns the tide on treating mental illness | Social Work | Scoop.it
Mark Gould: Australian 'Keeping the Body in Mind' programme imported to boost fitness of UK mental health patients
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life's a beach - for some - nice article this

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Gender imbalance

Gender imbalance | Social Work | Scoop.it
Super councils will be dominated by men
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21st Century politics

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Coalition has turned its back on scale of domestic violence, says Yvette Cooper

Coalition has turned its back on scale of domestic violence, says Yvette Cooper | Social Work | Scoop.it
Senior Labour MP says more needs to be done about fact that two women a week are killed by their partners or ex-partners
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a very worrying trend this

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Why the Care Act 2014 guidance on safeguarding short-changes social workers

Why the Care Act 2014 guidance on safeguarding short-changes social workers | Social Work | Scoop.it
An analysis of the Care Act 2014's statutory guidance's content on safeguarding adults.
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an interesting take on 'safeguarding' and what this could mean in light of the care act

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Deprivation of liberty special report Archives - Community Care

Deprivation of liberty special report Archives - Community Care | Social Work | Scoop.it
On 18 March a landmark Supreme Court ruling, in the cases of Cheshire West and P and Q, effectively lowered the threshold for what constitutes deprivation of liberty in care. In doing so, the ruling extended important human rights safeguards to a broader group of vulnerable people. It also had significant resource implications for councils. Six months on from the ruling, Community Care looks at the impact the judgement has had on local authorities, frontline staff and people using services.

See how your council is coping with a surge in Dols case
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Some good resources here regarding MCA and DoL's

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My 5 top tips to... surviving your social work placement

My 5 top tips to... surviving your social work placement | Social Work | Scoop.it
Your university is finally letting you loose and getting you talking to real service users as part of your degree OR this it is. This is your last placement. You giving your blood, sweat, and tears...
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How to survive a social work placement

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Social media should be an essential part of new social workers’ toolkits

Social media should be an essential part of new social workers’ toolkits | Social Work | Scoop.it
Digital media enables professionals to communicate more effectively with service users and each other, says Claudia Megele (Social media should be an essential part of new social workers’ toolkits says @claudiamegele

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Catherine Waltz's curator insight, September 8, 2014 11:54 AM

Should social media be a part of our tools?  Perhaps, but with attention to risks versus benefits IMHO.  What do you think?

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Social workers 'under huge pressure'

Social workers 'under huge pressure' | Social Work | Scoop.it

Child protection services in England are under more pressure than ever, the Association of Directors of Children's Services is warning.


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the situation will get worse as a result of the high profile cases concerend with safeguarding

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Defining empathy skills in practice - Carl Rogers and unconditional regard

Defining empathy skills in practice - Carl Rogers and unconditional regard | Social Work | Scoop.it

Empathy is an attitude and more than that, it is a skill that can be used to deepen all kinds of relationships - at work and at home. It can help bosses and their people, team members, spouses and lovers, teachers, parents and children.

“...deep understanding is, I believe, the most precious gift one can give to another.” - Carl Rogers


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Will the Care Act blur the distinction between health and social care?

Will the Care Act blur the distinction between health and social care? | Social Work | Scoop.it
Call for greater clarity ahead of new legislation, writes David Brindle
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Does it really matter? This is surely on relevant to agencies and not people that actually use services

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Social worker vacancies soar – and so do workloads

Social worker vacancies soar – and so do workloads | Social Work | Scoop.it
Social work vacancies have soared by 74 per cent in the past year as local authorities struggle to hold on to essential front-line staff. A chronic shortage of experienced social workers, growing workloads and a high dropout rate of newly qualified graduates are making it harder than ever to find enough staff to run children's and adult services across the country, experts say.
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'I was looking for a job and then I found a job'

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Official figures reveal rising violence in prisons in England and Wales

Official figures reveal rising violence in prisons in England and Wales | Social Work | Scoop.it
Ministry of Justice figures show serious assaults in year to March up by 30% and number of suicides at highest level since 2005
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the state of the prison system in England and Wales

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Plans for child social worker gold standard unclear and unfinished - Community Care

Plans for child social worker gold standard unclear and unfinished - Community Care | Social Work | Scoop.it
The Department for Education's new status for social workers remains a work in progress with little clarity of benefits of the scheme
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'you are gold - gold - always believe in your soul' - make of it what you will but it screams crisis

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Helping older people with high support needs to achieve a better life (14 July 2014)

Helping older people with high support needs to achieve a better life (14 July 2014) | Social Work | Scoop.it
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Great article and some really useful links here

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Alan Wood booed at social work conference

Alan Wood booed at social work conference | Social Work | Scoop.it
Social work academics furious over negative comments. Ruth Hardy reports
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'last night I dreamt that somebody loved me'

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