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Implementing change by listening to the ideas of practitioners and those who rely on social services is a familiar theme throughout this autumn’s edition of the magazine. With National Care Leavers’ Week approaching (22nd- 30th October), we explore what care leaver and founder of Foster Focus, Luke Rodgers, has to say on shaping services in a special four-page feature. 

We also hear directly from a manager with 18 years’ experience on what it’s like working for Hillingdon Council’s children in care team, and take a look at the Kingston Coordinated Care Programme to see how integrated care is being remodelled without additional funding. 

Reflecting on the tools that exist within ourselves to help focus our minds, this issue also includes a guest article on Mindfulness by BASW’s Joe Godden, and a feature-length column from Zoë Betts on effecting change. 

In this issue 

04 – News bites 

Have a glance at some of the key news stories and announcements directly related to the social work profession, including the new standards unveiled for senior social workers.

06 – Council spotlight

Maya Unnikrishnan, a team manager at Hillingdon Council’s children in care team, talks about working for the local authority and focusing resources where they are needed the most. 

08 – Storybook assessment tool

Social worker and author Mark Hatter explains why he has written Tales of Bushey Lane; a children’s book to help practitioners assess family circumstances. 

10 – Integrating services

We explore how the Kingston Coordinated Care Programme aims to deliver a sustainable, transformed service that provides integrated care for everyone, without additional funding. 

11 – Mindfulness in practice

Describing the importance of needing to pause and “empty our minds to think more clearly”, BASW’s Professional Officer, Joe Godden, shares some mindful thoughts with us. You can also take a look at our suggested daily exercises here.

14 – Zoë Betts

Zoë Betts, Adult Social Worker and owner of iamsocialwork, dedicates her column to understanding what our boundaries are, and how knowing what we ‘want’ is crucial to how we function. 

16– New FGM measures

Bal Howard, specialist trainer to those working with victims of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), welcomes the recent changes in legislation and the introduction of FGM Protection Orders.

18 – A care leaver’s view on redesigning care

Care leaver and founder of Foster Focus, Luke Rodgers, talks about the importance of listening to young people to help shape children’s services. 

22 – A day in the life of... 

an adult social worker in a complex assessment team. With the Care Act 2014 now in place, find out more about the challenges and rewards of safeguarding individuals’ welfare. 

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