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We are moving away from the traditional focus of working separately with a carer and person living with dementia, with their unique set of problems all in splendid isolation of each other. In this blog, Damian Murphy emphasises the rights, the voice and lived experience of people living with dementia.
The voice of older carers and their experiences of transitioning to this role in later life should underpin our work with carers. The latest Practice Tool is designed to support practitioners on working with an increasing population of older carers.
When someone experiences trauma there is consistent and clear evidence that show the natural psychological responses that occur. Attuned and reflective supervision, enables us to hold genuine empathy, respect and unconditional positive regard for those we are trying to support.
Alcohol and drugs are an issue for so many of the families that come into contact with social care services. In this article we consider the potential impact of harmful substance use on individuals and their families, and the sort of interventions that may help to support them both.
Strengths-based practice is a collaborative process between a person supported by services and those supporting them. It allows them to work together, drawing upon a person’s strengths and assets to achieve positive outcomes.
The Human Rights Act is unique in UK domestic law in that it focuses on humanity – the protections and freedoms every person has as a member of society – as opposed to focusing on people’s behaviour, needs or identity.
In order to ensure empathy remains a core social work value, we need to develop a system that allows professionals to make decisions about services. However, we still need to maintain an organisational environment that is open to challenge and questions.
Making good judgements with and for people is the essence of social care. Time to reflect, time to think, time to use wisdom and expertise, time to consult with colleagues, time to look at research is not a luxury.
Social work is a challenging career. What psychological factors are associated with resilience in trainee social workers? Dr Louise Bunce at Oxford Brookes University has led new research to find out.
As humans, most of us thrive on building and maintaining relationships with one another for care, comfort and support. However, for growing numbers in society, loneliness is having detrimental effects on our health and wellbeing.