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Social work service users’ documentary entered for film festivals

This is Life at the other end – a documentary following members of Portsmouth University’s Social Work Inclusion Group as they take on the challenge of producing a play based on their experiences of social care and performing it to hundreds of social work students. The guys have entered the documentary into several film festivals for consideration so fingers crossed it […]

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Friday cartoon: ‘a pretty grim social work placement’

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16 years ago I witnessed homophobia in social work: what’s changed?

The last decade has seen a raft of legislation promoting equality and diversity but the message has yet to reach parts of the social work frontline, writes social work lecturer Helen Burrows… Some sixteen years ago, as a DipSW student social worker, I witnessed incidents of homophobia on our course. Some of my fellow students’ attitudes to lesbian […]

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What to expect from a community mental health team social work placement

On our forums social work students have been asking advice about what to expect from different placements next year. One forum member, gm1983, wrote a great account of their experience of life in a community mental health team (cmht). Students on CareSpace found it really useful so I thought I’d post it up here in case it’s of benefit to […]

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“Service user” or “client”? Social workers divided on best term

  Social workers are split on whether “service user” or “client” is the best term to describe people accessing social care, a Community Care poll has found. Over 920 people responded to the poll, including over 800 social care professionals and students, more than 50 people using services, and 35 carers and advocates. Thanks to […]

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Book review: Survival guide for newly qualified social workers in adult and mental health services

In the latest book review by Community Care readers, Gordon Kennedy, manager of Mold and Flint Community mental health teams, gives his take on a survival guide for newly qualified social workers… Managing a community mental health team, I take on students at all levels and looked forward to reading The survival guide for newly qualified […]

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The #socialcare60: your top social care tweeters revealed

Thanks to all of you who nominated your favourite social care tweeters for our #socialcare60 Twitter list – the votes are in and it’s time to publish the list. Our original goal was to find your favourite 60 social care tweeters as part of our celebration of 60 years of social work. But, and it is a good […]

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Five things I learnt about social work last night

Photo: Flickr Stew DeanLast night I attended Confidence and competence – an event organised by recently qualified social worker Zoe Betts (check out her recent ComCare blog) for her fellow NQSWs and social work students. The night saw some great talks from Victoria Hart, a mental health social worker, and Sherry Malik, deputy chief executive […]

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Community Care Live Children and Families: Highlights

Thousands of social workers, social care staff and students gathered at the Business Design Centre in London for Community Care Live Children and Families yesterday. There were lots of highlights and some incredibly popular sessions. Delegates queued almost round the building to hear Professor Eileen Munro speak about raising the standards in child protection. About […]

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Twitter tips for social workers

An article on our Student Zone about using social media has prompted folk on Twitter to start thinking about what advice they would give social workers or students planning to use the micro blogging site. A new hashtag #twittertips4sw is being used to compile the various pieces of advice. It’s a great idea and if you […]

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