Effective Practice

What’s occuring?

I haven’t posted on this site for some time. However, I have been busy elsewhere. Since June 2018, I have been Chair of the British Association of Social Workers. I write regular updates for BASW which you can find by searching ‘Chair’ here.  I also regularly write for Research in Practice for Adults. My most recent […]

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Totally Socially

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

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Regulation, regulation, regulation

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

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Keep hopeful; keep helpful

I am finding that more and more conversations in social work are ethical conversations about how we do good work in a difficult context. I hear a great deal about struggle. And I find myself wondering how we can aspire when aspiration may not seem realistic. Much of the work I do requires aspiration. It is about

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How do you motivate people?

Last week I spent the day in a supervision workshop with 25 enthusiastic social care managers looking at how they can best enable practitioners to work well. Halfway through a discussion, one of the managers asked: ‘how do we keep motivating staff when things are so difficult, when there’s so little money and people are really

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