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Friendships matter

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Friends embracing

Andrew Reece, head of the integrated learning disability service for Camden Council, has always struggled with how the social care sector measures ‘what good looks like’, particularly in the context of supporting people with learning disabilities to make and sustain friendships. In this blog for DHSC's Social Care site, he proposes an alternative approach to help everyone get it right.

A safe place to be yourself

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Trangender cartoon

Although anyone can experience mental health issues, those of us who identify as LGBTQ+ are more likely to develop problems including low self-esteem, depression and anxiety. As this month marks Pride Month, Andrew Seed, Integrative Psychotherapist at Cygnet Hospital Ealing, reflects on how creating a safe space for service users and staff is vital to celebrate their gender and sexual identity.

WRES stories: time for a change in practice

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People of different ethnic backgrounds holding up jigsaw pieces to demonstrate they are part of a whole.

Making sure the voices of staff from all ethnic backgrounds are heard are central to the objectives of the Workplace Race Equality Standard (WRES). In our first in a dedicated series of blogs, Brighton & Hove City Council’s Principal Social Workers Richard Cattell and Tom Stibbs reflect on challenges within their organisation, how the WRES supports their aims, and their commitment to transforming workplace culture.

New health and wellbeing guidance reminds us all to take care

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Over a month ago, our Joint Chief Social Workers for Adults, Fran Leddra and Mark Harvey, used their Social Work With Adults blog to highlight the importance of maintaining human connections during the coronavirus pandemic.

It remains important for the care and support workforce - as well as NHS colleagues and our communities - to foster resilience in the midst of these challenges. The publication of new health and wellbeing guidance for care and support professionals is therefore hugely welcome at this time, as they explain...

Working together: the long term plan for social work and mental health

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Brain working out

The NHS Long Term Plan has set out an ambitious vision for the development of our health and care services over the next 10 years. Its success is dependent upon positive, transparent and collaborative relationships between social care, public health, housing and other services dedicated to happier, healthier, more independent lives. Mark Trewin explains what this means for mental health and social work services...

Chief Social Worker for Adults’ fifth annual report calls for progressive leadership

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The word 'leadership' set out in 3D letters being set into place by cranes

Last month, social workers around the globe celebrated World Social Work Day, our annual opportunity to showcase the best our profession has to offer. Worldwide, social workers stood together to celebrate their achievements and remind others of the importance of …

Avoiding the cliff edge: making transitions work

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What do parents of young people living with disabilities – and also cognitive and mental health conditions - mean when they refer, sometimes fearfully, to 'the cliff edge'? Ewan King, Director of Business Development and Delivery at the Social Care Institute for …