Communities

Finding our strength in unusual times

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Claire Wood is a first placement social work student from Bradford College. She is currently placed at Roshni Ghar, a mental health charity providing culturally appropriate, responsive services for South Asian women experiencing mental ill health. Like many in her situation, her placement has been paused because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Claire offers some honest, empathic and ultimately positive reflections on the world we find ourselves in and suggests how we can look out for each other, professionally and personally, in these most unusual of times.

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.

Caring in action

The Carers Action Plan (CAP) and its implementation is a cornerstone of social care policy and social workers have a vital role to play in delivering its benefits.

The Department of Health and Social Care's carers policy team have worked hard to make sure carers have co-produced the Carers Action Plan and the actions within it really do deliver positive differences in their lives.

Our dedicated departmental colleague Anita Wadhawan highlights progress to date...

Gambling related harm is no longer in the shadows

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Gambling related harm does not exist in the margins of society. Only now are we beginning to fully appreciate its reach and social work’s power to mitigate it and transform many more lives. Jim Rogers, senior lecturer at the University of Lincoln, with a practice background in addiction services, explains how social work has a vital role in challenging its ubiquity.