**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.
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.
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;
So, I can see by my search terms on here that some people, who seem to be looking into studying social work/social care, are finding their way to my blog. If I find time to get a website built, I will upload some of the materials I have used when speaking to people who want to go into social care. From my post prior to this, you saw what my degree included, and whilst there are similarities in degree courses, the content also varies from university to university, and of course from undergraduate to postgraduate degree courses.
This post was inspired by a search engine term that took someone to this blog. They searched ‘everything thats in a social work degree’. I have to say, this took me back to when I was thinking about studying social work as quite obviously it was the content that made me want to pursue the course. I remember I applied for social work at a number of universities, and ‘youth work with public health‘ at another. My enthusiasm for community work, engaging groups of people, voluntary participation and informal education prompted my second course choice, but ultimately social work was the career for me.