‘Don’t accept this narrative of failure – the college achieved a lot’

By Ruth Allen, Brigid Featherstone and Gerry Nosowska - chairs of the mental health, children’s and adults’ faculties of the College of Social Work

Now that some weeks have elapsed since the shock announcement that the College of Social Work (TCSW) is to close, as chairs of the three faculties we think it timely to offer our reflections on its achievements and legacy.

Evaluating value and valuing evaluation

I started working for myself last year. I now have nobody to blame for the following things:

  • My well-being at work
  • My work-life balance
  • My opportunities to develop and learn
  • Whether what I do makes any difference to anyone.

To help me with the last one in the list, I have just completed my Year One Review.

What is a preventative service?

There is a real need to understand prevention just now.

Social care services are facing increasing demand and expectations, alongside reducing resources. The draft Care and Support Bill makes it a statutory duty for local authorities to provide services or take other steps to prevent, reduce or delay needs for care and support. The growing integration agenda focuses on the need for proactive, joined-up services, and funding for integration is likely to be linked to services being able to show that they are effective in prevention.


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