I’m back. In fact, I never went away but I realised that sometimes I just need to give myself a little more time in the morning than the regular blogging allows but back to service as usual with a collection of links that have caught my attention over the last week.
I’ve changed the name of my weekly round up to be slightly more descriptive but if anyone has any suggestions for better names – please leave them in the comment box.
One of the most thoughtful posts I’ve read this week was on Jaeran Kim’s site which she writes about the ‘insider/outsider’ dichotomy and research bias in adoption and fostering. My explanation doesn’t do it justice but as with everything she writes (I’m a great fan!), it left me with thoughts that challenge some of the assumptions we make for better reflection on our own experiences and biases.
SocialJerk explains some of the variety of roles that social workers take.
And on the Diary of a Social Worker, there’s an examination of those ‘amateur social workers’ who think they do ‘social work’ without an understanding of what the job is. Interesting perspective. I remember being highly irritated by an MP saying that their ‘casework’ was social work. It is not anything remotely resembling my job.
Jamie Middleton writes about the honour that is accorded when someone discusses mental illness and their needs with a ‘professional’ and the importance of trust – it should never be taken for granted.
On How Not to Do Social Work, a guest post by the author’s student which demonstrates both fantastic reflection and the scope that blogs have to allow us to share those reflective thoughts. I hope she (and he!) keep writing
Malcolm Payne has an interesting compare and contrast post relating to the different attitudes of the Cabinet Office and the Department of Communities and Local Government and their respective approaches to ‘Big Society’.
As well as World Social Work Day, it was also St Patrick’s Day this week. I always wondered a bit why it was so widely celebrated in the United States. I really liked Melinda Lewis’ post about the ‘melting post’ in the US in the context of St Patrick’s Day and the history of Irish immigration in the US.
And talking of cultural heritage , Everyone Needs Therapy shares the story of Purim which falls today. I always have very fond memories of Purim so it was good to read a retelling. It reminds me that although I feel, sound and am British – there is always that sense of the ‘other’ in my cultural heritage.
Drawing us back to the present and the communality of world experience, Nechakogal’s Blog covers the multiple tragedies unfolding in Japan and some of the eagerness to put an economic price on a human disaster. Food for thought.
And somewhat related but in a more concerning way, is the post from The Nudge Patrol about a YouTube video published of a student’s racist rant and a consideration of the way to approach these views. I was interested also to read this take on it.
Back to World Social Work Day and a more positive view – because we need it – and the post on A Social Workers View gave the day a more international perspective.
There are a few things that blogging has given me. One is a place to reflect on some of the issues that come out. Another is the community that is constantly evolving in social work across the world. But more than what I have learnt from writing is what I have learnt from reading so have a look around the links and enjoy the different perspectives and experiences shared. We are lucky to live in days where it is so easy to broaden and expand our respective minds.