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.
Show some love for Social Workers this Valentine’s Day
Social work is a rewarding career, but at the current time of writing, Valentine’s Day, it is also a stressful one. Whether it is caseloads that would break the back of even the hardiest of Donkeys or it is suffering from abuse, regardless of which, something needs to be done.
Is a new ‘radical approach’ to children’s social care the answer? – Part Two
Earlier this month we looked at the ‘Radical Approach’ for social care that was unveiled at the end of last year and discussed at a webinar in January. We analysed the plans and sought to look at them with a dispassionate eye, as with something that describes itself as radical, you want proof. Something that is intensified given our desire to make a difference to the sector and quest to ensure that any new ideas are thought out and will actually make a change.
Transforming SEND services across Westminster City Council
Technology is a key enabler of change but without an equivalent transformation, when it comes to service redevelopment, you can fall flat. This is something that Westminster City Council can proudly say, has not happened. A recent Ofsted report has provided glowing reviews of a service that has been carefully crafted to put children and young people first.
Education, Health and Care Plans in 2020
Earlier this month, the Department for Education published its annual snapshot of statistics about Education, Health and Care Plans in England. These are primarily based on information collected in 2019, as the data was collected at the start of the year. They, therefore, paint a pre-Covid-19 picture as to the state of Education Health and Care Plans in England.
How is SEND fairing in a pre-Brexit, post-New Year world?
2020, the year of Brexit, additional funding for the NHS, the continuation of the reign of Boris Johnson and the chance to make a change. How far you cast the net of change will depend on the political goals of the Conservative party. Whilst we hope that the needs of those who need care will be prioritised, we wonder how far this will be extended. With delays leading into the years for those seeking assistance for their children, we look into the government published report on the state of SEND.
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.
Learning Disability Today 2019
Learning Disability Today (LDT) is dedicated to sharing the latest news and developments that occur within the realm of learning disabilities. It provides up-to-date learnings and keeps you informed with news, views and opinions via events such as the upcoming Learning Disability Today Conference in London, which is taking place today.