Social workers must recognise ‘ethical and emotional dimensions’ of care proceedings

Speaking at the JSWEC conference, University of Kent lecturer Anne Kelly explains her new research into care planning

How do children’s social workers experience the ‘ethical and emotional’ dimensions of care proceedings? Anne Kelly, social work lecturer at the University of Kent, has been conducting research in the area and presented an outline of her work at the Joint Social Work Education Conference.

Kelly, whose session was called “connecting head and heart”, said social workers need to do more to assert themselves as experts in their field to take more control of the decision making process.

Following her session, Kelly spoke to Community Care to explain more about her research, the limitations of some practices when making decisions and how emotional literacy could be taught to social workers:

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