It seems entirely appropriate, following February’s LGBT+ History Month, for International Women’s Day to make this year’s theme #BreakTheBias’, a call for the further empowerment of women – and of society as a whole.
A new beginning for racial equality in social care The social care workforce race and equality standard (SCWRES) officially launched on 1 April 2021 across 18 local authorities (LAs), the first phase of a timely and crucial programme committed to …
As Chief Social Workers for Adults, part of our national leadership is to role model anti-racist and anti-discriminatory practice. We are therefore looking forward to working together to implement the social care Workforce Race and Equality Standard (WRES) in 18 local authorities from April 2021.
In this blog, Isabelle Trowler, Chief Social Worker for Children and Families, shares her reflections on the challenges in children’s social care and why it so important to make sure this work takes place and drives positive change.
Throughout this coronavirus pandemic, we have been reminded again of the devastating impact societal inequalities have had on the health and wellbeing of Black, Asian and ethnically diverse (BAME) citizens. The recent Public Health England report highlighted the need for us to finally act and consider the unacceptable impact such inequalities have always had on our communities...
Diana Katoto is a student at the University of Birmingham, studying a BA Social Work. She has a passion for social justice and prides herself on promoting human rights. The tragic death of George Floyd in the United States has prompted her to write this heartfelt and challenging blog. Diana tasks our social work profession - and by extension all other UK based institutions and networks - to be louder in our condemnation and take active steps to combat racism wherever we find it.
Over the past few days, those of us in the Office of the Chief Social Worker for Adults and the Office of the Chief Social Worker for Children and Families have been shocked and horrified by the death of George Floyd. The subsequent outpouring of anger, despair and emotion that has followed has focused our minds once again on the presence of racism and intolerance in our societies.
A month ago, Mark Harvey and Fran Leddra, Joint Chief Social Workers for Adults, were finalising their annual report and filming a video message to release on World Social Work Day.
Like the rest of us, they now find themselves in a period of uncertainty and worry. With this in mind, they reflect on what it means to be a social worker in these unusual times and how we can all prepare ourselves for the challenges to come.
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
In our social work with adults blogs this year we will be introducing thought provoking themes and ideas from across the sector. Ones that may challenge us, others that we can relate to, but all that will hopefully engage us …
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.