ADASS Spring Conference – Continuing to support adult social care discourse
The annual ADASS Spring conference is a key event in the calendar. It is a chance for directors of adult social care to get together with suppliers and thought leaders to discuss change. The major change of the day was naturally Covid-19 and how the pandemic has altered the face of the market in 2020. Technology is a key component in the response, and this was acknowledged during the conference. Change is no longer knocking at the door; it is kicking it down at the hinges and we need to acknowledge this.
The cost of understanding the benefits that technology can bring
We all understand how beneficial technology is. The ability to buy nearly anything that we wish for at the touch of a button is no longer science fiction. It is science fact. We are living in an age where, in the average tube journey you can do your weekly shop, speak to your family and catch-up on work. This is no longer the future that was dreamed of, it is here. Technology is a great big pool of possibility in which the brave have invested and receive the benefits.
How Covid-19 has impacted adult social care budgets
Adult social care is underfunded. This is not news but the fact that Covid-19 has accelerated the problem and propelled it to a new level, where imminent failure is possible, is. According to the recent ADASS Budget Survey, The risk of already fragile care markets failing has significantly heightened as a result of the impacts of Covid-19.
Charity donations at the time of Covid-19
Charities fill a necessary gap in society. In the absence of other services, they care for those who are vulnerable. Whether this is through long term research into incurable diseases, care at home, a friendly voice to listen to or simply being a voice for the voiceless. Charities are every bit as vital to the wellbeing of the world as the NHS or social care.
The simple difference that volunteering can make in a time of crisis
Volunteering has been a word in common usage for hundreds of years. It is synonymous with acts of giving that are not limited to charity. Volunteer firefighters have been in common use in America since 1736 and now make up more than 70% of all firefighters in the country. At a time of crisis, they can make the difference between saving lives and disaster.
Supporting our colleagues during the Coronavirus outbreak
Covid-19 arrived on our shores this year to fundamentally alter the way in which we live. As a global society, we have been required to adapt our lives in order to give frontline practitioners the best possible chance to beat this virus. By staying home we can protect those who are most vulnerable and ensure that resources are utilised where they need to be. To aid in this endeavour, we have moved work into the home where possible and as an organisation, we have adapted.
Children's Social Care
Renfrewshire Council implements ECLIPSE to support its transformation approach to improving social work and social care
The focus for Renfrewshire Council was to implement a system which promotes a transformation approach to pathways, processes and people behaviour with improved workflow. Like all local authorities in Scotland, Renfrewshire was on a journey to transform the services it provides, where the relationship between the user of services and staff was central.
Messaging and video…Will the pandemic change Children’s social care forever?
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our ways of working and living in ways we couldn’t have imagined a few short months ago. Some of these changes might be temporary and some of them might become the new normal.
World Social Work Day 2020
We don’t believe that social workers should be celebrated on a particular day of the year. They provide a frontline service and deserve to be celebrated every day of the year, much like all of the other public services such as the NHS, Fire Brigade, Police and even teaching. All of these services work under enormous pressure and deserve our utmost respect. This is especially true at this point in time with the unprecedented challenge that COV-19 poses to the world.