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A packed lecture theatre welcomed keynote speaker Dr Ray Jones, Professor of Social Work and author of ‘The story of Baby P, setting the record straight,’ to Southampton Solent’s Itchen Lecture Theatre last Friday. Addressing final year students and professionals already employed in the care sector, Dr Jones delivered a…
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…
The better you know your team, the better your team will be for you. This stands whether you’re the team leader or a team member. So how can you ensure you know your team well enough to help it succeed – and to allow it to help you succeed too?…
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…
The revised National Occupational Standards (NOS) for those working in Children & Young People’s Health Services in Northern Ireland are now available. The review of the Standards was led by Skills for Health as part of a UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) funded project. Northern Ireland provided representatives…
With the launch of the Care Certificate fast approaching, this free webinar on March 4 will explore the key implementation challenges and look at products and services to help you successfully introduce the Care Certificate into your organisation. The webinar runs from 12:00 to 12:40 and will be hosted by…
This winter provided more evidence of a looming problem in homecare. Shortages of staff to provide care for older people in their own homes was partly to blame for the 'bed-blocking' in hospitals that led to admissions crises across the UK. Shortages of homecare workers are a global problem (according…
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…
Podcasts of the presentations, keynote speeches and a promotional video from a recent Northern Ireland Social Work Leadership conference are now available online. This material provides a wealth of rich information that you are encouraged to use further for the purposes of training or otherwise. In addition, two key Social…
The National Skills Academy (NSA) for Social Care have announced a March start date for their Front-line Leaders programme. Front-line Leaders consists of 3 modules mapped to the Skills Academy’s Leadership Qualities Framework (LQF), to the latest CQC Essential Standards, and to the Skills for Care Manager Induction Standards (MIS).…
Northern Ireland's HSC Leadership Centre has published details of a regional management development programme for social work team leaders. 'Managing Effective Practice' will be taking place from February until June 2015 and the programme aims to: Develop Social Work Team Leader roles and build on existing management experience. Develop the…
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