social work

What older people can do for social workers

Last week I wrote an article for Community Care about the College of Social Work’s aim to make social work with older people more valuable and more valued. This is why…

 

In the third week of my social work training I started a work placement in a hospice. Over the 50-day placement I learned about loss, life, death and strength. Older people shared their stories and wisdom with me, and I loved it.

Being kind

Recently in a workshop on supervision, I asked some new practitioners what their ideal supervisor would be like. ‘Kind’ was the first reply.

I consider that a bit more kindness in social care could help us all feel better and make more progress.

The word kind is linked to Old English gecynd, meaning nature, offspring, race. It relates to two important concepts: being natural and being alike.

Evidence, Evidence, Evidence

Two reports have recently been published about social work education. Sir Martin Narey’s report considers education for social workers in children’s services and Professor David Croisdale-Appleby’s review examines social work education in general but with a focus on adults’ services.

The debate on what social workers should do and how to prepare them for it is complex and changing. This is because it rests on two separate questions:

What can social workers offer?

The College of Social Work (TCSW) has just finished a consultation with members on its draft document on the roles and tasks that require social workers.

This is an important step in the discussion about the value of social work that has been going on through initiatives like TCSW’s Business case for social work with adults and Research in Practice for Adults’ Manifesto on the value of adult social work.

 

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