Modern social work is many things, but one of its central tenets involves the belief that everyone should have access to the same opportunities to live full, active, healthy lives. The Moving Social Work programme aims to harness the skills and values of social workers to support the health, wellbeing and human rights of people with disabilities.
It is one of the privileges of being Chief Social Worker for Adults that my professional colleagues and I can offer our advice, insight and guidance to inform major social care initiatives in England. The People at the Heart of Care white paper, published in 2021, set out the Government’s vision for adult social care. Now, with the publication of Next Steps to Put People at the Heart of Care, we’re helping to refine and strengthen that vision.
The most important week in the social work calendar has arrived. National Social Work Week, incorporating World Social Work Day, gives us an extended opportunity to reflect on recent history, assess the current state of our practice and ask the question ‘What next for modern, progressive, person-centred social work?’
Today, across the world, people are celebrating International Women’s Day. This year, there is an emphasis on inclusivity, diversity and parity of esteem. In social care and social work, helping to contribute to women's equity has never been more important...
I am so pleased to welcome Ewan King, Chief Executive of Shared Lives Plus, as our guest blogger this week. I am a great fan of this model of care and support and the many ways it helps people make the most of community based options, helping them lead healthy, happy and inclusive lives.
One of the best aspects of my role as Chief Social Worker for Adults is the opportunity to meet so many wonderful social workers applying their knowledge, skills and values in many different settings. Supporting people within the criminal justice system is one very good example...
As I prepare to make arrangements to travel to the north of England to spend Christmas with friends, I am reminded I was making the same plans this time last year, but ended up home alone for 10 days isolating with Covid!
I am delighted to once again host adult social workers Nimal Jude and Liz Howard as guest bloggers, this time introducing their latest exciting venture, the Anti-racist Listening Project podcast. Making sure social work practice always challenges discrimination and oppression is imperative if we are to truly promote a human rights and social justice based approach.
Another World Mental Health Day has begun. This annual opportunity to prioritise our psychological wellbeing feels more essential than ever in uncertain times.
Lockdowns may have ended but out duty of care as social workers goes on - and that includes encouraging colleagues and those we serve to make sure they remain fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and a potentially resurgent flu virus.
I was delighted when the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence began work on guidelines for social work with adults experiencing complex needs. I am pleased to host blogs from two members of the guideline committee, Ellie and Chloe, who reflect on their involvement and the guidelines' importance.