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Welfare Reform on the Web (November 2011): Social care - UK

Adult safeguarding boards in North West England: the power of positive linking

M. Flynn and S. Williams

Journal of Adult Protection, vol.13, 2011, p. 203-212

Adult Safeguarding Boards are the means by which local authorities in England and Wales seek to work collaboratively to protect adults at risk of abuse. This research sought to explore the experiences of Chairs of Adult Safeguarding Boards in North West England through a series of face-to-face interviews between November 2009 and January 2010. The paper outlines what was learnt about the efforts of boards to work collaboratively, reconcile professional and agency ideologies and align their activities with government policies.

Adult social work matters too

O. Davies and M. Samuel

Community Care, Sept. 29th 2011, p. 22-23

Cuts, the legacy of care management and the focus on child protection have left adult social workers feeling undervalued and unrecognised. This article explains how the College of Social Work is campaigning to raise their profile and presents case studies of how two councils are seeking to reinvigorate the role.

Critical decisions and questions regarding serious case reviews: ideas from North West England

M. Flynn, K. Keywood and S. Williams

Journal of Adult Protection, vol. 13, 2011, p. 213-229

Serious case reviews (SCRs) are one means of learning lessons from tragedies. Adult Safeguarding Boards in England are expected to have an SCR policy and procedure, to commission SCRs, to abstract and act on the learning, and to monitor the resulting action plans.

The leading edge

K. McGregor

Community Care, Sept. 29th 2011, p.28-29

In the last of a series of articles on the Social Work Reform Board's professional capabilities framework, the author explores the importance of developing leadership among practitioners at all levels.

Reforming practice education

S. Gillen

Community Care, Oct. 6th 2011, p. 28-29

Without high quality placements and good practice educators, a social work student's training and job prospects can be seriously undermined. However, initiatives set up over years to generate more placements and attract more people into practice education have had limited success. As part of a drive to improve social work education in England, the Social Work Reform Board has proposed setting new requirements that practice educators must be qualified social workers with at least two years experience.

Stepping into the breach: social work's paraprofessionals

Unison

London: 2011

This survey of 354 support workers found that two-thirds regularly or sometimes felt that they were performing tasks they lacked qualifications or experience to do. Many added that they worked with little or no supervision and 68% said that their workplace lacked clear boundaries between the responsibilities of support workers and social workers. The blurring of such boundaries meant that support workers, 42% of whom earn less than 21,000 per year, were being used as social workers on the cheap. Nearly 16% of respondents reported being physically attacked on duty and nearly 60% had been verbally abused more than once. Almost a quarter of those questioned deemed the attention paid to their safety by their employer to be poor. The report concludes with a nine point plan to improve the lot of support workers.

Twenty-first century social work: the influence of political context on public service provision in social work education and public service delivery

P. Welbourne

European Journal of Social Work, vol. 14, 2011, p. 403-420

This article explores the evidence that there is a direction in which social work in England is travelling and considers the ways in which its development has been influenced by government policies based on New Managerialist, market and neoliberal ideologies. It concludes that there have been substantial changes in services for children and adults and in social work education over the last decade that reflect the ethos of central government policy rather than the values of social work.

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