Blog: 2018

Helping social workers be helpful

Published on 9th April 2018

Two years ago, Jo Fox and I started a podcast, Helpful Social Work. As we begin series 3, it is timely to reflect on our purpose.

Helpful Social Work aims to help social workers to learn, think and act with integrity so that people who need social work get help that will transform their lives. We started this podcast because social work matters to us. We see it as a crucial agent for liberty, equality and justice.

Our aim has always been to inspire people to consider how to be... Read full article

Totally Socially

Published on 19th March 2018

Today, 20 March, is World Social Work day.

This year emphasises ‘Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability’, which relates to the third pillar of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development.

The Agenda, created in 2012 after a global gathering of social workers, educators and development workers, sets out where we can and should make a difference to the world:

Promoting social and economic equalities Ensuring the dignity and worth of peoples... Read full article

Regulation, regulation, regulation

Published on 2nd March 2018

The government consultation on how the new social work regulator (Social Work England) will operate in England is open till 21 March. A few months ago, I discussed regulation in the Helpful Social Work podcast with Jo Fox. Here are some of my thoughts.

The vision for Social Work England is for a regulator that “focuses on public protection and supporting practice excellence” (page 11, Consultation document).  

I think that the true role of a regulator is public protection.... Read full article

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