Time for a change…

You may have notice that this blog hasn’t been updated in some time. I have experienced a significant period of writers block that I have become very frustrated with and have spent the last few weeks reflecting on. Having given it considerable thought, I’ve decided I’ll write up my thoughts and share with my blog followers.

Those of you that follow me on twitter will notice that I can be quite guarded about what I do for a living. Over the past 9 months or so my career has taken me down a more specialist path, something that I had never planned for. In truth I always saw myself as remaining more of a generalist. Whilst I am very much enjoying my work –  and hope that things continue in the direction they are going –  as someone who has enjoyed writing and sharing my views, specialising professionally has presented barriers to writing pieces that I see as more accessible and interesting. Although I can’t hide from the fact that my experiences, skills and knowledge are becoming more focused in particular areas, I do feel it would be inappropriate for me to alter my blog content to what I know. For that reason, and to maintain the boundaries I have set myself, it is time to move on from this blog.

I have waited some time before I made this decision, as I have always found writing to be a bit of an outlet, a forum to share my views and ensure that I am heard. Whether people have listened is another thing all together. What has been humbling is the feedback from people who work for, access, or just have a general interest in the world of social work.


The Children’s Improvement Board

The news that funding for the Children’s Improvement Board (a partnership between the Association of Directors of Children’s Services [ADCS], the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives [SOLACE], and the Local Government Association [LGA]) has suddenly been withdrawn by the Department for Education [DfE] is something no one was expecting. It has left people confused, angry, and worried that decisions like this are being made without any warning. From twitter I can see that people are also saddened by this news. They are sad that the sector has now lost a significant opportunity to have well coordinated (by a board that was working!) sector-led improvement schemes before being left to coordinate improvement activity between ourselves.
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Eastenders social worker

**This is not intended to be a complete analysis of the situation, but happy to do that if people want it. This is no criticism to the BBC, who have in the past represented storylines involving social workers incredibly well, just a professional view point on this particular story**

Never have I really felt so strongly towards a soap storyline involving a social worker. Last night I was sat around a friend’s house, catching up with them and eating takeaway whilst watching Eastenders. It was the storyline where Lola had her baby removed from her care by the police and her social worker. I haven’t really been following the storyline, but have seen the odd episode.

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Online safeguarding training

Recently, whilst planning a longer post about social care inductions, I have been thinking a lot about the advantages and disadvantages of online training courses. In particular, my mind has been focussed on online safeguarding training.

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Social Work Reading List (and the wider social care sector)

2013 book list written in partnership with Community Care Magazine can be found here.

It is that time of year again. Yes, people are off to start university or return after the well deserved summer break. To mark the occasion, I thought I would put together a list of the fifteen books that helped me through the social work degree and that continue to support my work (not a social worker). Going through my bookshelf there are a number of publishers who produce quality social work and social care texts, but I have to say that my bookshelf is dominated by texts published by Palgrave Macmillan (please also enquire about their online Social Work Toolkit), Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Open University Press/The Mcgraw-Hill Companies, SAGE publications and Oxford University Press. They can be found on twitter;

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