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21 09, 2017

Independent Social Work Tips: Avoiding Isolation when Working from Home

September 21st, 2017|Guest Blog, Practitioner Support|

I was recently asked how I manage the sense of isolation that comes from being separated from colleagues and the general hustle and bustle of a social work office environment.  Human beings are social creatures, [...]

22 08, 2017

Advice for student social workers & ASYE’s by practicing social workers

August 22nd, 2017|Guest Blog, Latest News, Practitioner Support|

Recently we asked a number of practicing Social Workers, “What tips would you give to any new student social workers?" Here’s what they had to say… “Learn the the importance of building relationships .... with [...]

30 06, 2017

Don’t Let Your Past Define Your Future: A Care Leaver’s Story & Advice

June 30th, 2017|Guest Blog, Latest News, Practitioner Support|

Paul is a young man who is confident and charming. He tells me, he lives life to the full and feels lucky to be where he is. Paul has his own business (hairstylist) and is [...]

13 06, 2017

Effective Social Work Statutory Visits: CIN, CP and CLA Tips and Hints

June 13th, 2017|Guest Blog, Latest News, Practitioner Support|

Child in Need, Child Protection and Child Looked After visits are a requirement of each procedural field within Social Work practice. They are useful, informative and provide relevant information that enables best practice in planning [...]

30 05, 2017

Promoting your Fostering Agency: Hints and Tips on Recruiting Foster Carers

May 30th, 2017|Guest Blog, Latest News, Practitioner Support|

Thousands of new foster families are needed every year to care for children who can no longer remain with their own family. Fostering services around the country are continuously seeking motivated and emotionally available individuals, who [...]

8 05, 2017

Attending Your First Fostering Panel: A Practical Guide

May 8th, 2017|Guest Blog, Latest News, Practitioner Support|

Following successful completion of your Form F report and subsequent journey through quality assurance, the final hurdle approaches – presenting your findings at the fostering panel. The purpose of panel is to make clear recommendations [...]

3 05, 2017

Parenting Risk Assessment: What You Need To Know

May 3rd, 2017|Guest Blog, Latest News, Practitioner Support|

The Parenting Risk Assessment is fundamentally a report to determine the specific and level of risks posed towards the child/ren and parent's ability to adequately and safely care for them long term. The Department for [...]

25 04, 2017

Special Guardianship Order Reports: Tips and Hints

April 25th, 2017|Guest Blog, Latest News, Practitioner Support|

Special guardianship assessments are one of the most detailed and extensive assessments to complete within Children's Social Care Services. An SGO serves to grant parental responsibility to one of more special guardians (usually kinship carers [...]

14 04, 2017

Sibling Attachment Assessment: What You Need To Know

April 14th, 2017|Guest Blog, Latest News, Practitioner Support|

So, you're in the final stages of care proceedings and it has been agreed that a sibling attachment assessment is required. As the Social Worker (or Independent Social Worker), you are the best placed professional [...]

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