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#Respect4SocialWork campaign urges greater recognition of social workers

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  • Monday, September 20, 2021
Social workers have been placed under immense pressure during the Covid pandemic, working in skeletal teams with staff self-isolating or shielding, and having to change their practice virtually overnight to ensure they could remain in contact with vulnerable children online if not face-to-face.

Never stop caring…

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  • Monday, September 20, 2021
I tend to think of myself as a “glass half full” person (those of you who know me, feel free to disagree), who makes the best of whatever challenges come my way and seeks solutions.

A double taboo

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  • Monday, September 13, 2021
As I prepared to write this, I reminded myself that today is World Suicide Prevention Day. A day set aside by several groups, including the World Health Organisation, to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides.

FASD: a silent pandemic

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  • Monday, September 13, 2021
We’re in the middle of an awareness month for a neurodevelopmental condition that is more common than Autism, yet few people have even heard of it.

Responding to national standards for unregulated accommodation

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  • Monday, September 13, 2021
The National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum (NLCBF), part of Catch22, responds to the Department for Education’s consultation on ‘Introducing new national standards for independent and semi-independent provision for looked-after children and care leavers aged 16-17’.

Holidays, hope and happiness

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  • Friday, September 3, 2021
I am just back from a short camping trip in neighbouring Dorset, not quite the same as a holiday abroad this year but we had a close encounter with a common buzzard to remember.

How VR technology can be used to tackle knife crime

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  • Friday, September 3, 2021
A recent study by University College London (UCL) estimated that nearly one in 10 boys - more than 30,000 - has carried or used a knife, gun or other weapon by the age of 17 - double what we previously thought.

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall

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  • Tuesday, August 31, 2021
By the time you read this, summer will be on its way out and we’ll be inexorably heading into autumn - when ‘leaves chase warm buses’ and directors of children’s services chase treasury officials to get government to realise that a new financial settlement for children is required in November’s spending review.

The truth about change

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  • Friday, August 20, 2021
I’ve recently been thinking about what it’s like to be a social worker, or indeed any other profession within the children’s workforce, in the 21st Century.

A remarkable response

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  • Friday, August 6, 2021
Although it has already been said many times and in many ways, I feel it is important for me to once again acknowledge the remarkable response that we have witnessed right across the public sector and beyond since last year.

What we know...

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  • Monday, August 2, 2021
So, as I move into the last few weeks of being a DCS, my colleagues in the Eastern Region very generously gave me the chance to have a last word!