Recommended Social Work Blogs


This list is a continuous work-in-progress of social work blogs. Look out for a new blogs and podcasts weekly.

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[vc_cta h2=”BASW” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit BASW” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Blogs hosted by BASW England, Scotland (SASW), Wales (BASW Cymru), the member-led professional association for practitioners in the UK. Publishes a range of voices across the profession on issues and developments concerning practise today.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Going Public Sector” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Going Public Sector” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Local authority social worker critically examining the impact of policy on welfare from the inside. Closed in 2012 as author has moved into social policy and research.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Choice Support Blog” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Choice Support Blog” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]A blog written by contributors hosted by Choicesupport; about helping adults with complex needs form intimate relationships.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”hownottodosocialwork” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit hownottodosocialwork” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]A social worker whose career spans adults’ and children’s services writes about managing and being managed in a local authority.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Kirwin MacLean” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Kirwin MacLean” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Overviews of theory/practice books published by Kirwin MacLean Associates Ltd.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Lisa Cherry’s Trauma Hub” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Lisa Cherry’s Trauma Hub” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Care survivor Lisa Cherry blogs about the place of current and former children in care in shaping services and trauma-informed approaches to working with children and adults.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Lyn Romeo’s Blog” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Lyn Romeo’s Blog” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]The official blog of the Chief Social Worker for Adults, Lyn Romeo[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Nurture Development” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Nurture Development” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Blog entries discuss how resources within communities can be harnessed to develop services, and how to have that dialogue.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”One Stop Social Blog” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit One Stop Social Blog” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]News, resources and events for social workers from One Stop Social, a social work information hub and training delivery service.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Relational Welfare Blog” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Relational Welfare Blog” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]A blog established by Radical Help author Hilary Cottam exploring the importance of relationships to people’s welfare and how the state can facilitate relationship building, with contributions from social workers, academics and researchers. Hilary is the founder of Participle, which generated statutory and voluntary projects to support relationship building with older people, struggling families and people with disabilities.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Research in Practice Blog (Adult)” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Research in Practice Blog (Adults)” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Contributions from professionals ‘across the sector’ selected and hosted by Research in Practice, an independent knowledge hub dedicated to helping social workers apply evidence in and research in practice with accessible resources co-created with practitioners and academics.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”The Social Worker Blog” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit The Social Worker Blog” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Lucy is an agency social worker who runs her own limited company. This blog offers an informed voice for social workers interested in making the move to agency.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Social Work Action Network (SWAN) ” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Social Work Action Network (SWAN) ” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]The Social Work Action Network is a UK-based network of activists that campaign for radical solutions to help vulnerable and marginalised people, This blog examines policies and practices within social work from a critical perspective.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Research in Practice Blog (Children)” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Research in Practice Blog (Children)” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Contributions from professionals ‘across the sector’ selected and hosted by Research in Practice, an independent knowledge hub dedicated to helping social workers apply evidence in and research in practice with accessible resources co-created with practitioners and academics.[/vc_cta]
[vc_cta h2=”Family Law Week” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Family Law Week” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Opinion pieces written by a range of legal voices, broadly covering new developments in public and private family law.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Family Lore” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Family Lore” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Family Lore claims the prize for the ‘first ever family law blog’/hubris. Written by family law solicitor John Bolch, the blog explains confusing and newsworthy cases in layman’s terms and casts an expert eye on changes to the law and policy.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Pink Tape” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Pink Tape” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Lucy Reed is a family law barrister and co-founder of The Transparency Project. This thoughtful, personal blog puts a human face to a profession many find intimidating. Lucy describes her blog as ‘about what interests me and whilst that is largely family law, it also includes non-family stuff, non-legal family stuff and stuff totally unrelated to either law or family’.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Researching Reform” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Researching Reform” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Researching Reform is ‘dedicated to simplifying the family justice system and finding solutions to the current problems faced by families and practitioners alike’. Blog includes interviews with legal professionals and the families themselves, and how laws are applied in real courtroom scenarios.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Seusspisious Minds” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Seusspisious Minds” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Helping you to understand child protection law and where it comes from – cases cross-examined with wit and insight.[/vc_cta]
[vc_cta h2=”A Kind of Trouble” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit A Kind of Trouble” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]The progress of a research project examining how key workers (including social workers) ‘are enacting the troubled families agenda and if/how they are negotiating it and/or resisting it.'[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Chris Mills Blog” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Chris Mills Blog” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Chris Mills ‘has worked as a child protection manager, a social work academic and as a policy adviser in child protection for a leading UK charity.’ In this blog he offers his standpoint on child protection in the UK, often as told through the press and parliament.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Ermate” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Ermate” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Social worker and practice educator Warren Belcher reflects on his work in a uniquely personal way (students, safeguarding AND sci-fi). Read for work and pleasure.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Reimagining Social Work (New Zealand)” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Reimagining Social Work (New Zealand)” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Authorship of this blog is shared by a collective of social work academics ‘to promote discussion, debate and deliberation about progressive alternatives’ to the operation of social work services in New Zealand. The discussions are easily relatable to services in the UK, and its authors are outward looking and engage with transnational dialogue.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”The Vintage Social Worker” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit The Vintage Social Worker” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Counsellor and former frontline children’s services worker Jenni reflects on experiences and themes that are central to social work and universal wellbeing, such as the home and music, and where they feature in the future of social work.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Wall of Brick” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Wall of Brick” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Experienced and passionate social worker ‘Brick’ offers commentary on representations of and developments within children and families social work in the media and at government-level.[/vc_cta]
[vc_cta h2=”Ben Westwood’s Blog” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Ben Westwood’s Blog” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]The collected poems of Ben Westwood, a former looked after child and runaway. Ben comments on his poems and finds connections with projects that are doing great work with supporting adults and families.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”CARELEAVERBLOG” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit CARELEAVERBLOG” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]A care leaver and mother writes about the impact her care experience has had on her life and the lives of others, and how care could be done differently.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Lemn Sissay’s Blog” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Lemn Sissay’s Blog” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Lemn Sissay is a poet and care leaver who fought to retrieve his file from Wigan. In this blog he journals his personal thoughts on life and art.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Surviving Safeguarding” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Surviving Safeguarding” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Surviving child protection by experienced parent – from a personal and practical perspective. Excellent advice on getting legal representation and surviving the family court.[/vc_cta]
[vc_cta h2=”Last Quango in Halifax” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Last Quango in Halifax” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Elaine James works with adults with learning disabilities/ASD. For Elaine, social workers are ‘here to enable people to experience the full embodiment of equal human rights as citizens.’ Her blog describes some of the tensions between policy and management and her role as a practitioner.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Living With Lennon” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Living With Lennon” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]This blog is written by the parent of a child with complex medical conditions was recommended by Dr Rachel Parry-Hughes (Goldsmiths): ‘it gives a very moving picture of the day to day realities of the life of a family where one of the children is profoundly disabled’ (sub-genre: disability)[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Love, Belief and Balls” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Love, Belief and Balls” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Mark Neary is a counsellor for male clients and father to Steven, a man with autism. Mark has published a book about his contest with Hillingdon Council to release Steven from care. In this blog, he writes extensively about public attitudes towards people with learning difficulties/disabilities and the services available for them and their families.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”The Tired Optimist” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”The Tired Optimist” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Mark Brown is a father, carer and researcher who has worked on Early Support’s Partnership Training and a participation framework for a local authority. His work and posts focus on families with disabled children.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Rights in Reality” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Rights in Reality” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Barrister Steve Broach’s ‘thoughts on the crossroads of law, politics and society’. Steve specialises in public law and policy/campaigning work with children and adults with disabilities and their families. (Sub-genre: law, disabilities)[/vc_cta]
[vc_cta h2=”Ermintrude’s Blog” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Ermintrude’s Blog” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Ermintrude may be Chief Social Worker for the Magic Roundabout, but in our world she’s a UK-based mental health social worker and former AMHP, and one of the most engaging voices in the field. Her political insights are detailed and brutally honest.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Fighting Monsters­” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Fighting Monsters­” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Social worker, Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) and Best Interests Assessor in an over-65’s mental health team. The blog ended as of July 2014 but takes on big themes and applies them to practice, and is as pertinent and engaging as it was when it was written.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Martin Webber’s Blog” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Martin Webber’s Blog” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Martin Webber is a social work academic whose research focuses on how the social context of people’s lives impacts their ability to manage their mental health. In this blog he discusses his interests as well as his role with Think Ahead, a mental health social work entry scheme.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”The Masked AMHP” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit The Masked AMHP” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]An Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) and ‘Guardian Select’ blogger who has been practising in mental health services since 1981. This blog focuses on the ‘dilemmas of an AMHP within the Mental Health Act’, what an AMHP actually does and sheds light on the functions and dysfunctions of mental health legislation and its impact on the lives of individuals and families.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Recovery in the Bin” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Recovery in the Bin” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]’This User Led group is for MH Survivors and Supporters who are fed up with the way co-opted ‘recovery’ is being used to discipline and control those who are trying to find a place in the world, to live as they wish, trying to deal with the very real mental distress they encounter on a daily basis.’ With contributions from mental health practitioners, survivors/supporters and trainers.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”The Samurai Social Worker” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit The Samurai Social Worker” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]The reflections of a social worker with a complicated relationship with the profession – both as a team manager in an adult’s learning disability service and as an individual who accesses acute mental health services.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”The Small Places” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit The Small Places” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Blog written by Lucy Series, a researcher at the Centre for Health and Social Care Law at Cardiff Law School. This is an excellent resource on Mental Capacity Law and how it is applied by the courts and practitioners.[/vc_cta]
[vc_cta h2=”Di Galpin’s Blog ” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Di Galpin’s Blog ” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Di Galpin is Academic Lead for Social Work at Plymouth University and has 14 years of experience in mental health, disability and older people’s services. Her blog draws on research, theory and models of social work practised elsewhere to interrogate the way social work is being practiced in the UK.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”The Social Care Blog” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit The Social Care Blog” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Journalist Dan Parton writes about funding and accessing social care for adults (recently focusing on adults with dementia and disabilities).[/vc_cta]
[vc_cta h2=”The Millennial Social Worker (USA)” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit The Millennial Social Worker (USA)” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]An early career social worker faces the practical and emotional challenges of child welfare, often for the first time. They process them in his blog. (Last entry 2009)[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”The Safe Approach (USA)” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit The Safe Approach (USA)” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]’Veteran child-protection worker’ Janet Douglas and police officer Charles Ennis advise on how practitioners can protect themselves in potentially dangerous situations. USA-based but much of the advice is universal.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”This Is Me (USA)” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit This Is Me (USA)” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]In this blog a clinical social worker in a US mental health service offers therapeutic reflections (through personal experience) for professionals practising in challenging and sometimes distressing situations. Some good ideas for mindfulness on or after the job.[/vc_cta]
[vc_cta h2=”Trench Warfare (USA)” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Trench Warfare (USA)” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Street photography, featuring the extraordinary stories of ‘ordinary’ people. Think Humans of New York from a social worker’s perspective.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Social Work Cynic (USA)” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Visit Social Work Cynic (USA)” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Social worker considers his ethical position on his profession and performs acts of every day subversion. Blog ended in 2012 when he left the profession.[/vc_cta]
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