Posts by Felicity Shenton

Social Work on the Move

Anyone that knows me will be aware that I am not a fan of hot-desking, sorry agile working! This week I came across some interesting research on the subject. ‘Seeking Solitude & Distance from Others: Children’s’ Social Workers Agile Working Practices and Experiences Beyond the Office. Dharman Jeyasingham, British Journal of Social Work (2018) 0, 1-18.’…

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NESWA Annual Appraisal Tool Mapped Against the KSS – Use it Today!

NESWA has been developing a number of pieces of work that aim to ensure that the Knowledge and Skills Statements (KSS) are firmly embedded within organisations that employ registered social workers. The new social work regulator Social Work England has already indicated that when it starts work next autumn it will be looking at how…

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Taking a look at Issues around Mental Health

10th October was World Mental Health Day so, this week I am focusing on issues around mental health. Awareness I did a trial run of a new e-learning package offered by Mental Health 4 Life. http://mentalhealthforlife.org/. The site offers some basic training around promotion, prevention and intervention. And, I took a look at the Zero…

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What does it mean to be a Social Worker?

In the past week I attended the ‘Challenges and Opportunities in the Changing World of Social Work Conference’ at Northumbria University and listened to Sue McMillan – (Trustee Member of the Skills for Care Board) talking about her journey through 40 years of being a social worker and about the importance of ‘intuition’. ‘If it…

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Mending Gaps & Herding Cats

I recently attended the JSWEC (The Joint Social Work Education and Research Conference) at Canterbury Christ Church University. I was running a workshop with Helen Casey from the Open University. “Promoting the importance of human relationships through mending gaps between service users, carers, social work students and practitioners. A transformative model for social work education…

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SPECIAL OFFER for your Newly Qualified Social Workers

There’s lots to get to grips with as an NQSW. To help a little we are offering a THREE for TWO deal on our core social work titles, ideal for those starting out on their social work career. Positive Social Work: The Essential Toolkit for NQSWs by Julie Adams & Angie Sheard Packed with information…

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Teaching Partnerships in 2018

In 2017 Isabelle Trowler (Chief Social Worker for Children and Families) said, of Teaching Partnerships: It is great to see how the partnerships have evolved over the last three years. Everywhere I go I hear positive things about the work that you are all doing. …….why teaching partnerships are so important. Yes, it’s about professional…

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My Name is Leon…

Over the summer I read a fantastic, inspirational book which I think should be compulsory reading for students, children’s social workers, IRO’s, foster carers and adoption agencies. The book is about Leon who is a 9 year old child of dual heritage who has a baby brother Jake and whose mother has significant mental health…

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Academics Contribution to Practice

Earlier this week I was challenged about the lack of activity that the Teaching Partnership had been able to demonstrate to promote academic contributions to practice. So, with that in mind I wanted to share the following: This week Dr Nick Neave from the Hoarding Research Group at UNN provided a follow-up seminar to social…

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Tackling Hate Crime with Young People

We all know that online bullying, sexual exploitation and trolling are creating significant challenges for children and young people as well as for their parents, carers, teachers and social workers. The Social and Emotional Learning for Mutual Awareness (SELMA) project, which aims to tackle online hate speech by promoting mutual awareness, tolerance and respect, has…

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