Posts by Felicity Shenton

Prison: No Place for Old Men

This week I took part in one of the NESWA Masterclasses. Delivered by Dr Norman McClelland from Northumbria University and with input from Helen Casey at the Open University who talked about the Inside Out Programme at HMP Durham (https://www.dur.ac.uk/sociology/crim/insideout) and Lynne Dolphin (Senior Practice Development Officer / Principal Social Worker (Adults) Durham County Council)…

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Results of a Survey of Practitioners Understanding of Mental Capacity

The purpose of this research paper is to present the findings of a study considering the application of the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. Practitioners from a range of professions were recruited to provide their views of how to respond to a variety of scenarios. This included GPs, nurses, social workers, physio/occupational therapists and care…

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The Impact of Austerity: UN Rapporteur

On Friday 16th November the United Nations rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philp Alston,  published a report on his 2 week fact finding mission to the UK. He concludes that ‘despite being the world’s fifth largest economy, levels of child poverty are not just a disgrace but a social calamity and an…

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UK Social Workers Working Conditions and Well-being

This week I read the report that was published over the summer about a piece of research carried out by Bath Spa University with support from the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and Social Work Union (SWU). Ravalier, J. and Boichat, G. (2018) UK Social Workers: Working Conditions and Well-Being. Bath Spa University. The…

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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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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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