Why intersectionality matters for social work practice in adult services

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As populations and societies around the world continue to age, grow and diversify, so too does the risk of consciously or unconsciously oppressing individuals based on an increasingly complex and interlacing range of cultural, ethnic, biological, political and economic factors.

It’s an area of practice close to Professor Claudia Bernard’s heart. As Professor of Social Work at Goldsmiths, University of London, Claudia is currently working on a book on the subject, entitled Intersectionality for Social Workers: Theory and Practice. We’re delighted to share her blog on this fascinating topic with you now

Voting and social work

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In 1918, women over 30 obtained these right following years of campaigning. As we move towards a general election it is important to remember that many of our citizens and neighbours who have the right to vote may still find this a challenge - a challenge we find in social care but one that social work can and should actively aim to resolve.

Anti-Slavery Day and social work's duty to call out exploitation

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Human trafficking and modern-day slavery remain a very real experience for far too many people in the UK and across the world today. Today is Anti-Slavery Day and we wanted to use our social work blog to highlight the very painful realities of its effects on people and our roles as social workers as being able to support individuals and be part of the solution.

Connecting the dots: mental health and social work

In the second of our special guest blogs to mark World Mental Health Day, we hear from frontline adult social worker and practicing Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) Ingrid Richardson. She explains the important role of social work in connecting people with services, breaking down barriers within and between organisations and the power of personal experience in professional practice.

World Mental Health Day: a very personal perspective

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It's World Mental Health Day 2019. Our Chief Social Workers for Adults Mark Harvey and Fran Leddra are proud to host the first of today's blogs marking this important day of awareness raising. We begin with expert by experience, Toni Saliba, who explains how one social worker in particular helped her to manage her own mental health issues.

Shared endeavour, values in common and a passion for practice

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Mark Harvey and Fran Leddra are extremely excited to be taking on the role of Chief Social Workers for Adults and to continue the great work Lyn Romeo has led over the last six years.

In this first joint blog since taking up the post, they talk about what social work means to them, the values they share and their aspirations for the profession.