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More and more social work students and practitioners are using book groups as a method of enhancing their learning and continuing professional development, thanks to the efforts of a former Northern Ireland-based social worker. Amanda Taylor worked in mental health social work in the South Eastern Trust for several years…
A new online hub that provides information and training to help social care professionals implement the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act has gone live. Under the banner of ‘Getting in on the Act’, the Information and Learning Hub has been developed by the Care Council for Wales (CCW) and…
Bournemouth University's National Centre for Post-Qualifying Social Work (NCPQSW) has had its Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 programme endorsed by The College of Social Work. The programme helps students investigate the provisions of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and successful completion leads to qualification as a Best Interest Assessor under…
The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) has launched a guide to qualifications and training for the social care workforce in Northern Ireland. The document provides guidance on the types of qualifications, training and experience required at various levels by particular job roles – from care assistants and support workers…
Social workers from across Europe will be turning up at workplaces within the UK for a series of seminars on the final day of the IFSW European Conference and Social Services Expo in September. The event aims to give practitioners a chance to learn about an area of practice in…
More than £1 million will help support Scottish social service staff with training, the Scottish Government announced today. Around 800 employees in 74 care charities across Scotland will benefit from the funding which aims to ensure the workforce has the skills and qualifications they need to provide the best possible…
London South Bank University (LSBU) will establish the first university-based “People’s Academy” within its School of Health and Social Care. As the need to increase patient and public involvement in the delivery of health and social care services increases, the new People’s Academy aims to become a hub for people…
The Continuing Professional Education and Learning (CPEL) Framework for Social Workers in Wales is now well established and the programmes will soon be recruiting for the 2015 intake. Social Workers and their employers need good information about the CPEL programmes to make the right choices. The Care Council for Wales…
Social service organisations across Scotland are increasingly using coaching and mentoring as a means of supporting professional learning and development, particularly for leadership and management development. The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) have recently produced a range of mentoring and coaching resources together with links to action learning developments and…
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) are adopting Mozilla Open Badges as part of their increasing suite of digital learning tools for the social care workforce. Open Badges are digital certificates which recognise learning and achievement and are easily displayed online. The first badges will be awarded to participants and…
Alaine Shaw is Team Manager for Children and Families Workforce Development at Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council. Here, Alaine writes about the importance of learning and development, the role of a Link Officer and what inspired her to first become a social worker. I have a passion for working with individuals…
‘Hands up for Health’ provides young people with a real sense of what it’s like to work in health and social care using life-like state-of-the-art manikins, set in a hospital simulation centre, to present hard-hitting scenarios such as alcohol poisoning, pregnancy and knife trauma. Hands Up For Health is an…
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