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Leave the old ways behind to renew self-determination

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In response to Dr Ruth Allen's recent guest blog on the merits of strengths based practice, Colin Slasberg, an independent consultant in social care, says she is absolutely right to consider how we might sweep away old thinking, practices and bureaucracies …

Putting carers first - this call for evidence will help us do more

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It’s one of the privileges of social work that we are able to offer support and guidance during the very personal – and often hidden – struggles of individuals and their families. Caring for and protecting those closest to you …

Celebrating social work at home and abroad as my annual report launches

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It should come as no surprise that this year’s World Social Work Day once again dedicated itself to a human quality we can all sign up to, regardless of circumstance or geography: respect for the dignity and rights of all …

State of independence - Think Autism report reaffirms our vital role

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People should never be defined by their conditions or circumstances, but by their needs and aspirations. The National Adult Autism Strategy, which debuted in 2010, is the embodiment of this ethos, built on the experiences and recommendations of adults living …

Autism statutory guidance will strengthen our advocacy

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Last November, I encouraged social workers, educators and anyone involved in supporting vulnerable individuals and families to take part in the Autism Statutory Guidance consultation. I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to me to see the values and …