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How can we achieve consistency across practice education?

A recent College of Social Work online debate highlighted a lack of consistency across practice educator assessments. Here, staff development officer and College representative Glynis Marsh looks at how we can achieve consistency across these assessments and ensure social work students’ needs are met. It appears the loss of the Practice Teaching Award affected our […]

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Gove: ‘My banker friends have it easy compared to social workers’

Frontline had its official launch last week and many familiar faces were in attendance, from education secretary Michael Gove to Labour peer Lord Adonis, chief social worker Isabelle Trowler, College of Social Work chief Annie Hudson, Cafcass chief Anthony Douglas and Professor Julian Le Grand. The Frontline team is clearly good at getting to know […]

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‘Why we need more voluntary sector placements for social work students’

Voluntary sector organisations play an essential role in making sure that the next generation of social workers is well equipped to provide a high quality service, says Eileen Docherty, registered social worker, practice educator and College of Social Work helpdesk manager. One of the key issues to have emerged from the College’s recent online debate […]

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Can you teach social work students professional confidence in one year?

The people behind Frontline may be pointing the way on practice education, but there are still major concerns about its delivery that need to be addressed, argues Ray Jones, professor of social work at Kingston University.   Frontline is being launched in a blaze of self-publicity. Bright graduates from the top prestigious universities who do the short-circuited […]

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Social care leaders can learn from the CQC’s experiences with bullying

The independent review into reports of a festering culture of bullying and harassment at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) identified a systemic problem. Years of reorganisations coupled with ever growing caseloads have led to the breakdown of relationships between staff and line managers. Individuals are not to blame – it has happened across all levels, […]

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Quick guide to qualifying as a social worker in the US

                    A few interesting facts about the system for qualifying as a social worker in the US, which I learned during a session at the recent JSWEC conference: The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is the sole regulatory body responsible for accrediting social work programmes […]

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Feminism in social work: revisiting how we work with men

Social workers must revisit how they work with and engage men, says Professor Viviene Cree, from the University of Edinburgh’s school of social and political science. It is nearly 20 years since my friend Kate Cavanagh and I first pitched the idea for a book on social work with men to the publisher, Routledge. At […]

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‘Social work in the USA is a more secure and proud profession’

Researcher and former member of various Social Work Reform Board sub-groups, Dr Mary Baginsky, looks at what we could learn about the initial and post-qualifying training of social workers by looking across the Atlantic.                     The Social Work Task Force and Professor Munro’s report have led to […]

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‘Senior managers are the weak link in the chain of the assessed year’

Even when registered on the assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE), many newly qualified social workers are not getting the support they need, writes Nikki Burton. Burton: ‘The PCF is integral to the practice of effective social work’ I have just had my three-month ASYE review – my first ASYE assessment – and despite the […]

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Assessed year for newly qualified social workers ‘bedding in well’

“ASYE is here and it’s bedding in well.” That was the message  from Skills for Care’s Graham Woodham at Community Care Live this week. Woodham said 815 newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) in adult services and 1,921 in children’s services are now registered on the assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE), which was rolled out […]

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