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Scotland has changed, politically and culturally, in recent years, with persistent demands for independence culminating in a referendum in 2014. On this fluid political landscape, social welfare can be co-opted towards a wider ‘nation-building’ project. As a result, social work in Scotland is increasingly divergent from the rest of the…
The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (Iriss) will host A Portrait of Care, a four-day interactive public exhibition that will showcase stories and reflections of the frontline social services workforce. Coinciding with World Social Work Day, the exhibition aims to celebrate the great work of the sector,…
The challenges faced by children dealing with death or a bereavement in their family were discussed at a national conference hosted at the University of Chichester. Nearly 100 practitioners working with or supporting children facing life-shortening illnesses, their own death, or who have lost a relative attended the recent event.…
The development of this initiative began with an email received by the Learning and Development team within North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP): Dear L&D team, please could you purchase the attached article for me, as this seems relevant to the family I am currently working with. What…
Middlesex University has this week launched the North London Social Work Teaching Partnership, a national project funded by the Department for Education in order to build excellence in social work teaching and practice. It aims to improve the training, recruitment, progression and retention of social workers across north London while…
Finding and using evidence in practice can take time, and yet, is so important to continuous learning and improvement of practice and services. The Evidence Search and Summary Service (ESSS) is a free service that has recently been launched to help people find and use evidence from research, practice and…
Increasing numbers of gay men and lesbians in Britain are adopting children or becoming foster carers. Latest figures show that there are now more than 20,000 children living in same-sex couple families. Enabled by legislation passed in 2002, this trend is contributing to the emergence of new conceptions of family…
Social workers across Northern Ireland are being invited to take part in two projects to help deal with the legacy of the “Troubles”. Sponsored by the Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers and the Northern Ireland Social Care Council, the projects are being be led by Dr. Joe Duffy, Queens…
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