A SOCIAL WORK MANIFESTO FOR SCOTLAND UNISON MEMBERS

http://www.unison-scotland.org.uk/socialwork/swmanifesto25june2009.pdf

THE CODE OF ETHICS FOR SOCIAL WORKERS BASW

http://cdn.basw.co.uk/upload/basw_112315-7.pdf

THE COLLEGE OF SOCIAL WORK A GUIDE FOR LECTURERS

A GUIDE TO THE MEDIA FOR SOCIAL WORKERS

http://www.collegeofsocialworkA GUIDE TO THE MEDIA FOR SOCIAL WORKERS.org/uploadedFiles/TheCollege/CollegeLibrary/College_produced_documents/ComCareMediaGuide.pdf

NEW TOOL TO HELP SOCIAL WORKERS COMPARE THEIR CASELOADS

http://www.wwwparentsagainstinjusticeorguk.com/2013/02/untitled_26….

BUILDING A SAFE AND CONFIDENT FUTURE SOCIAL WORK REFORM

https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/eOrderingDownload/SWRB%20progress%20report%20-%20June%202012.pdf

Child protection guidance Working Together cut to 21 pages

The state of personalisation 2012: Guide to cutting bureaucracy

 

Transfer of GSCC function – information for social workers

http://www.gscc.org.uk/page/381/Transfer+of+GSCC+function+-+informa…

Useful new videos on direct work with children

http://www.communitycare.co.uk/blogs/childrens-services-blog/2012/0..

TRANSFER OF THE GSCC TO HCPC

http://www.yor-ok.org.uk/Downloads/WDU/faq%20and%20useful%20information%20july%20staff%20briefings.pdf

Guide to social work registration and regulation in England

 

http://www.communitycare.co.uk/guide-to-social-registration-and-regulation-in-england/

interview with HCPC Chief Executive Marc Seale on the renewal of social workers in England.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sMZrU2C8S2M

STATUTORY GUIDANCE INDEPENDENT REVIEWING OFFICERS FUNCTIONS IN RELATION TO CASE MANAGEMENT AND REVIEW FOR LOOKED AFTER CHILDREN

https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/eOrderingDownload/DCSF-00184-2010.pdf

GUIDANCE NOTE TO FAMILY PROCEEDINGS ISSUED BY THE COURT JUSTICES WITH APPROVAL OF THE CLERKS SOCIETY PRESIDENT OF THE FAMILY DIVISION AND THE FAMILY PROCEDURE RULES COMMITTEE

http://www.familylaw.co.uk/system/uploads/attachments/0002/9519/Guidance_Note_to_Family_Proceedings_Courts_New_Rules_JCS_July_2011.pdf

A SOCIAL WORK MANIFESTO FOR SCOTLAND UNISON MEMBERS

http://www.unison-scotland.org.uk/socialwork/swmanifesto25june2009.pdf

PROFESSIONAL BOUNDARIES FULL REPORT SOCIAL WORK

http://www.gscc.org.uk/cmsFiles/Publications/GSCC_Professional_Boundaries_Full_Report_2009.pdf

More on Professional Boundaries-SOCIAL WORK

http://www.gscc.org.uk/professional-boundaries-assessment-tool/

NASW CODE OF ETHICS

http://www.sp2.upenn.edu/docs/resources/nasw_code_of_ethics.pdf

Tools social workers can use to talk to children

Which techniques and resources should be in every social worker’s toolkit when doing direct work with children? David Shemmings, Yvonne Shemmings, David Wilkins, Yvalia Febrer, Alice Cook, Fran Feeley and Claire Denham have put one together

The Munro Review highlighted that the only way to create a “child-centred” system was for social workers to have the time and the skill to undertake a great deal more direct work with children.

Direct work needs to done in the right setting and involves more than asking a child “how are things?” Sometimes they need different media – paint, clay, pen and paper, puppets, virtual reality – to make sense of their “wishes and feelings”.

We offer practical demonstrations of direct work methods each of which seeks to understand the mind of the child and the child’s world.

Dolls

Dolls - toolkit for working with children

What is the technique?

Using dolls or animals to represent people in the child’s life, you begin a story and then ask the child to “show and tell” you what might happen next. This technique is based upon techniques such as the Story Stem Assessment Profile (SSAP). Expert training in the SSAP is at the Anna Freud Centre in London and to assess secure and insecure attachment in children, you would need to be fully trained in the technique. However, the use of any “story” or role-play involving low-levels of conflict, such as a short separation, an argument, or a minor accident, can still give insights into a “child’s world”. It is most useful with children aged, developmentally, between four and nine years.

Read more: Find out how to use this technique in practice

Observation

Observation - toolkit for talking to children

What is the technique?

This technique involves taking a step back and simply observing the interaction between a carer and child in their own home. Research shows that the level of sensitivity and insight a carer shows their child is important to a child’s healthy development. Carers who are unable or struggle with this are more likely to be frightening, confusing or even abusive or neglectful towards their child.

Read more: Find out how to use this technique in practice

Games

Games - toolkit for looking after children

What is the technique?

This technique is a simple board game for two players. It helps develop a trusting relationship with the child because it involves the social worker and the child sharing information instead of just the child having to reveal information.

In addition, it gives the child something to focus on while you are are talking about difficult topics. It can be used with any child happy to play it with you. A simple version is often good for an initial meeting or for those at earlier stages of development. A more complex version can be devised for follow-up meetings or with more developed children.

Read more: Find out how to use this technique in practice

Drawing

Drawing - toolkit for talking to children

What is the technique?

There are a number of techniques to try with children that can be facilitated with just some coloured pencils or crayons and some paper.

Read more: Find out how to use this technique in practice

Royal Courts of JusticeWriting up direct work in court reports

Direct work with children also needs to be written up into core assessments, child protection case conference reports and court reports. Paintings and drawings almost ‘speak for themselves’ – consider the ‘islands’ example – and need only to be explained. Other techniques should be ‘brought alive’ to create an unsentimental ‘child’s-eye view’. Professor David Shemmings provides four tips.

Read more on evidencing direct social work with children in court reports

Authors

David Shemmings is professor of social work at Kent University, Yvonne Shemmings is an independent child protection consultant and trainer, Yvalia Febrer is a social worker formerly of Hounslow and now at Richmond’s children and families team, Alice Cook is a senior family support worker in Surrey’s child protection team, Claire Denham is a social worker in Lewisham’s family support and intervention team, Fran Feeley is a social worker with the St Michael’s Fellowship in south London and David Wilkins is a deputy team manager in Enfield’s disabled children’s team.

Resources

The ADAM project

NCB Resource Pack: Communicating with children: A two-way process

communicating with children a two way process

http://www.communitycare.co.uk/Assets/GetAsset.aspx?ItemID=13987

Writing up direct work with children in court reports

http://www.communitycare.co.uk/Articles/10/11/2011/117725/writing-up-direct-work-with-children-in-court-reports.htm

Social work tools for direct work with children – Drawing

http://www.communitycare.co.uk/Articles/10/11/2011/117726/social-work-tools-for-direct-work-with-children-drawing.htm

Social work tools for direct work with children – Games

http://www.communitycare.co.uk/Articles/10/11/2011/117727/social-work-tools-for-direct-work-with-children-games.htm

Social work tools for direct work with children – Observation

http://www.communitycare.co.uk/Articles/11/11/2011/117706/social-work-tools-for-direct-work-with-children-observation.htm

Tips on writing welfare reports in private law cases

http://www.communitycare.co.uk/Articles/24/10/2011/117656/Tips-on-writing-welfare-reports-in-private-law-cases.htm

Measuring outcomes


http://www.communitycare.co.uk/Articles/13/10/2011/117603/How-do-you-measure-the-relationship-between-a-social-worker-and-a.htm

IMPACT ON PRINCIPAL SOCIAL WORKERS ON CHILDRENS SERVICES

http://www.collegeofsocialwork.org/uploadedFiles/TheCollege/_Colleg…

Social work job change tool

http://www.communitycare.co.uk/social-work-job-change-tool/

How to meet the new social work rules on CPD and registration

http://www.communitycare.co.uk/articles/09/01/2013/118814/how-to-meet-the-new-social-work-rules-on-cpd-and-registration.htm

Child sexual exploitation COULD YOU SPOT A CHILD THAT IS BEING SEXUALLY EXPLOITED

http://www.communitycare.co.uk/static-pages/articles/child-sexual-exploitation/

PREVENT AND SAFEGUARDING GUIDANCE

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