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Mounting pressure on social workers means that many do not have the time or resources to properly protect vulnerable children, a new survey suggests. Three quarters (73 per cent) of the 600 social workers surveyed by Community Care magazine said they struggled to properly protect children at risk, citing escalating…
I have officially been at work for a few weeks now and it was quite an exciting, overwhelming and frustrating experience full of meeting various team members, signing up for training, learning the computer systems and learning the policies and procedures of social work. Oh and also, I have now…
Charlotte Bilby is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Northumbria University.  Along with Laura Caulfield from Bath Spa University and Louise Ridley, also at Northumbria University, she carried out the research described below. The context At the beginning of the year, The Arts Alliance, a membership body which supports and…
Tuesday, 11 Sep, 2012

Engage - Angela Donaldson

We feature Angela Donaldson of Arthritis Care Scotland who blogs on the challenges people with arthritis encounter everyday. A bit of a Dilemma - Promoting Healthy Lifestyles for Ordinary People I have lived with RA for a long time, 28 years and counting to be precise.  During that time I’ve…
Our Engage column features comment from leading figures within the world of social work. This time we feature the blog, Discovering Desistance, in which Marguerite Schinkel of Edinburgh University reflects on previous research experience looking into ‘recovery competencies’ in relation to mental health. Desistance and what helps in mental health…
Social worker and community councillor, Andrew Walker, shares his concerns on restructuring social care services “The Western Isles already has the highest proportion of people aged over 65 in Scotland and there is projected to be a 50% increase in the over 60s by 2033 and an 80% increase in…
Events over the last few weeks have highlighted unacceptably poor levels of care provided in some residential services by those trusted to care and support vulnerable people. High calibre, skilled care workers are a must, not an optional extra. As Margo MacDonald MSP pointed out ("Margo Wants Care Qualifications", Evening…
Monday, 20 Mar, 2006

Spirituality In Social Care

Anita Parker of Aberdeen City Council, Community Services, Social Work Training team reports on the outcomes of recent workshops on Spirituality... Towards the end of 2004, Jim Simpson, a minister from the Baptist Church, contacted the Training Team offering to contribute to some training and development activities during a three…
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