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There are so many social work models; some more frequently used than others. We asked a group of social workers what their preferred practice models are and why, and here’s what they said in the latest issue of Sanctuary Social Work News magazine:

“A systemic approach to social practice has enhanced my practice knowledge and ability to work with families and the professional system, inviting an appreciative stance to efforts made by parents to attempt change whilst holding the needs to the child as central to this process.” 
Jacqui, London 

“Strengths-based, Signs of Safety. It’s service-user led, working your way from top down. Strengths to weaknesses. It encourages families” 
Ebahi, Dagenham 

“ABE training is really insightful and assists you in working with children and young people. You never know when one of your conversations with a young person will end up in court, which is why this training is so important. It reminds you of the importance of using open-ended questions and not leading questions.” (See page 6) 
Michaela, Wiltshire 

“Strengthening Families Model encompasses not only the birth family but also the extended family. This model helps families search within themselves through the most difficult circumstances with professional support to identify and maximise the resources (strengths) they have.” 
Navlet, London

“Mixed use of local authority and commissioned services with complex assessments such as SGO, fostering and adoption assessments commissioned out. This allows local authority social workers to focus on more specialist safeguarding assessments and have more time with children and families.” 
Mahongo, Oldham

“The Safe and Together domestic abuse model. It focuses on the offending parent’s pattern of harm, holding them accountable for their role and impact on children…” 
Dave, Inchinnan

To read more on the recommended by… feature, check out pages 8-9 in Sanctuary Social Work News magazine. 

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