Weekly Social Work Links 15

I’m away for the weekend so a quicker than usual round-up for this week

SocialJerk is pushed to the limit. Oh, I’ve been there – many times.

Dorlee has an interview with the author of Fat Social Worker.

Back in the UK, Malcolm Payne writes about the affect that child protection failings have had on other branches of social work (particularly in palliative care).

I loved this post a A Case Manager’s Verse which links to pictures of elderly animals.  We’re so used to seeing pictures of baby animals it draws an interesting contrast of perceptions about age.

Interesting post on Gamer Therapist about professionals, boundaries and making connections.

At How Not to Do Social Work the author is feeling frazzled (I can definitely empathise)

Nechakogal writes about a moment of emptiness and a feeling of abundance. Living in one of the most densely populated countries, I can’t help feeling a little envious.

Back in the UK, Going Public picks up on some warning signs for the health sector from social care’s experience of ‘contracting out’.

And I’m going to end with a tale from an Occupational Therapist, rather than a Social Worker – in OT on Wheels – but I think it needs to be read by everyone who works in adult care in the UK about the effect of our action and inaction on those whom we work with and for. It shouldn’t be like this.

Have a good weekend. I’ve got a train to catch Smile

Weekend Links 6

As usual at the weekend now, I’ll just run through some posts that have caught my attention over the week relating specifically to social work and social care.

Hessian Pepper at The Small Places has a wonderfully useful summary and commentary on the MIG and MEG Court of Protection judgement which raises a number of questions about the definition of a Deprivation of Liberty. I would strongly advise anyone concerned with the Mental Capacity Act to follow his/her blog because I’m finding it a great resource!  Another great legal resource which has a broader remit but is a fascinating and useful read is the UK Human Rights Blog.

On How Not to Do Social Work,  there are thoughts and reflections on the transition into legal adulthood as an 18th birthday looms.

Social Worker-to-Be (who isn’t a ‘to-be’ anymore!) tells us about her first weeks as a Newly Qualified Social Worker.

SocialJerk deconstructs some of the toys she (um.. her clients?) use. Fantastic stuff. I quite like stuffed animals myself but they might not demonstrate some of the ‘interactions’ as well and anyway, I’m not the best at passing toy judgement!

Kyrss on The New Social Worker Blog had an interesting idea of writing a ‘Valentine Letter’ to ‘Social Work’. I’m not sure might would have been so poetic.

At Always Something to Complain About, the focus is on paperwork and it’s clear that some issues really are truly international.

Malcolm Payne at St Christopher’s Blog has a fascinating post about the Ombudsman Report into End of Life Care that was published this week from a perspective of a Palliative Care Practitioner.

Nancy Smyth at Virtual Connections has a fantastic post about using therapists using social media with trauma survivors. It’s a really interesting perspective and  as social media becomes increasingly a part of the mainstream ‘life’ we live, we do have to think about how it is used at work.

Another interesting post is the ‘Behind the Scenes at the Social Work Podcast’ episode and interview with the founder. As I’m thinking and planning a podcast myself, I’ve found it very timely.  My respect has increased no end after trying to edit even 5 minutes of audio myself last weekend!

Finally, on a lighter note, Jontybabe tells us 5 things that make her feel good..

And in that spirit, here are my five (excluding the obvious family and friends!)

1. Waking up on a Saturday Morning and realising you have a full weekend ahead.

2. A good novel that you can’t put down

3. Chocolate. Any form really (although I was too scared to try Marmite Chocolate so that might have to be qualified – now why did I never think about a Chocolate Blog.. oops, getting distracted).

4. Travelling to a new places

5. Learning new things.