Care Review in Scotland wants to hear from parents and families about care

First Minister announces ‘root and branch’ review

First minister, Nicola Sturgeon, announced this ‘root and branch’ review of the care system so that we can get it right for the most vulnerable children and young people in Scotland.

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Listen to Woman’s Hour today (27 July) which has a good item on Mothers Apart from their Children: mothers talking about the pain of being apart from children, and the lack of support from social work for keeping and regaining care

Rise’s new video on parents’ experiences with caseworkers

Rise’s new video on parents’ experiences with caseworkers will be used to train 7,000 child welfare staff in NYC

Source: Rise Magazine Facebook Page

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Podcast: Interview with Nkem Ndefo on TRE (Trauma and Stress Realise Exercise

Let Go of Stress Using Your Therapeutic Tremor With Nkem Ndefo

 

Do you feel overworked and stressed out?

Do you know you can release some of that tension just be shaking it off?

Learn to let go of stress just by shaking it off!  Nkem Ndefo taught me how to activate my “therapeutic tremor” by teaching me about TRE, which stands for Tension Release Exercise.

It’s amazing! Check out the video below of myself getting my shake on using TRE.

Nkem is a former nurse-midwife who started her career in public health working with the disadvantaged. She describes her career as a journey to solve the problem of chronic stress and trauma for us all. That’s a huge goal!

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20 things you only know if you have PTSD

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(Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Those who are presented with the term post-traumatic stress disorder – or PTSD – will often think of shellshocked soldiers, traumatised by events they went through on the battlefield.
This is certainly a common cause of the condition and one that’s currently being acted out in Australian soap Home And Away.

However, it’s not just people who have been at war who suffer the condition.

Those who have been sexually abused, gone through domestic violence, experienced neglect as a child, had a near-death situation or just seen something they found terrifying can begin experiencing elements of PTSD.

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You’re all missing something very important about the rape clause

There may be something far more sinister behind the Tories’ so-called ‘rape clause’

“SEE this fist? You should have been watching the other one!”

My father used to have a game where he would hold up a clenched fist and say, see this hand? Watch this,” and as we watched the hand, he would then bring the other hand up to punch us (gently) on the chin – his message being that it is not the hand being waved in your face you have to watch but the other one coming in with the knock out blow.

The likelihood of an unexpected blow was one lesson he was keen to pass on to us – or to remind himself of. It is one I often forget as I realise I have been watching the wrong fist just before being sideswiped from the other direction.

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The Three Girls drama is a reminder that staying silent is not an option

Picture: Sophie Mutevelian/BBC

By Nushra Mansuri, professional officer at the British Association of Social Workers

Watching the harrowing BBC drama series ‘Three Girls’ hit a raw nerve for me. In the late nineties, I worked for a third sector organisation and supported young women and girls who were homeless or in a housing crisis – many of whom were fleeing child sexual exploitation. A lot of the work focused on advocating to children’s social care, housing providers, education, police, health and many other services on their behalf.

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Rethinking foster care: Molly McGrath Tierney at TEDx

Director of the Baltimore City Department of Social Services tells you just about everything you need to know about child welfare and foster care in America

Source: National Coalition for Child Protection Reform

Have parents become the enemy in social work?


Social work practice with families is becoming increasingly about mutual distrust and fear, says Maggie Mellon

by Maggie Mellon, BASW Vice Chair

I believe that suspicion of parents and of families has become corrosive, and is distorting the values of our profession.

For the last 20 plus years the number of investigations or assessments into families suspected of child abuse has climbed steadily upwards and now accounts for one in 20 families in England and Wales.

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