Keeping children in touch with their families during ‘lockdown’ | Professor Beth Neil

a call to action Restrictions on social contact which are necessary during the current period of “lockdown” are having a huge impact on the links children in care can maintain with members of their birth family. Early feedback from a rapid response research study, funded by the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory, and carried out by … Continue reading Keeping children in touch with their families during ‘lockdown’ | Professor Beth Neil

Two-week rapid consultation on remote hearings in the Family Court launched

First published: 14 April 2020 |Family Court|News President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane is pleased to announce the commencement of a two-week rapid consultation on the use of remote hearings in the family justice system, starting today (Tuesday 14 April 2020). This research project … Continue reading Two-week rapid consultation on remote hearings in the Family Court launched

Secure Messaging: free to use during Covid-19 pandemic

Focusgov help local authorities use digital to engage with vulnerable groups, such as care leavers, families with special educational needs and children in care. They are making their Secure Messaging service available to local authorities and other organisations who need to stay in touch with vulnerable people. Focusgov are providing this service for free for … Continue reading Secure Messaging: free to use during Covid-19 pandemic

How to support young people who don’t seem to care about staying in and staying safe…..

Thanks to Dr Helen Kirkaldie, Consultant Clinical Psychologist for this helpful resource. “For some children, the hard reality is that they will have experienced safety so rarely that their empathy may be under-developed –the potential is there but just out of reach.” Read at source: How to support young people who don’t seem to care … Continue reading How to support young people who don’t seem to care about staying in and staying safe…..

“But they must have known!”

Source: Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse. First published Wednesday 18 March 2020. Author: Anna Glinski Deputy Director for Knowledge and Practice Development highlights the importance of effective working with non-abusing parents and carers when there are concerns of intra-familial child sexual abuse. Imagine for a minute how it would feel to receive a … Continue reading “But they must have known!”

Child Protection ‘looked after’ information to be shared with school nurses and health visitors

Source: NHS Digital First Published: 11 April 2020 A tool that provides data on protected vulnerable children for the NHS and local authorities is being broadened to include school nurses and health visitors. Child Protection Information Sharing (CP-IS) is a system that alerts NHS staff when children who are subject to a child protection plan, … Continue reading Child Protection ‘looked after’ information to be shared with school nurses and health visitors

How social workers can tackle the ethical and practice challenges of Covid-19: guidance from PSWs

By Dr Peter Buzzi and Claudia Megele Crises exacerbate inequalities and inequalities have a multiplier effect on the risks and negative outcomes associated with crisis and social stress. These mutually reinforcing forces create a vicious cycle that during the current pandemic is exposing the dehumanising effects of poverty and inequalities in societies. Therefore, the Principal … Continue reading How social workers can tackle the ethical and practice challenges of Covid-19: guidance from PSWs

Even When We are Forced Apart We Can Still be Together

Helpful ideas for thriving in a crisis Life is difficult for many of us right now - with uncertainty, social distancing and big challenges for our work, health and relationships. But we're facing this together, so let's stay connected and help each other. How to keep mentally health via Action for Happiness. This is a … Continue reading Even When We are Forced Apart We Can Still be Together

COVID-19: using digital technology in relationship-based practice to bridge the gap in social distancing

Courtesy of SCIE. Author: Dr Godfred Boahen,  Policy and Research Officer, British Association of Social Workers Among one of the many challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis to social work is how to conduct relationship-based practice from a distance. Social workers recognise the inherent ethical and therapeutic value of social relationships. An interesting discussion discussion piece. Download … Continue reading COVID-19: using digital technology in relationship-based practice to bridge the gap in social distancing