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Social Work News Magazine

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SOCIAL WORK NEWS, APR - JUN 2017

In the latest edition of Sanctuary Social Work News, we delve into the working lives of frontline social workers and hear directly from care leavers and those receiving support, to offer an insightful read!


 In this issue:
  • Autistic author, Paddy-Joe Moran, talks about the importance of communication
  • Senior Practitioner, Rosie Corby, discusses helping unaccompanied asylum seeking children
  • Social Worker, Beverley Hodgson, shares what it is like working on the Isles of Scilly
  • And much more...


SOCIAL WORK NEWS, JAN - MAR 2017

In wishing you a Happy New Year, we're excited to be sharing some of the social work successes of 2016 and what teams across the country are working on over the next year.


In this issue:
  • Chief Social Worker for Adult Services, Lyn Romeo, shares her thoughts on further health and social care integration
  • What it is like to live and work in the Falkland Islands
  • We hear from those directly on the frontline about the reality of tackling child sexual exploitation (CSE)
  • And much more...


SOCIAL WORK NEWS, OCT - DEC 2016

Whether you are interested in spotting the signs of radicalisation, would like to know how Doncaster Children’s Services Trust is performing, or simply want to read one adult practitioner’s account of working in rural Australia, the Oct-Dec 2016 issue is a must read!


Written with frontline social workers and managers alike, we discover:
  • We hear directly from councils about new projects 
  • Experience of a social worker working in rural Australia 
  • What Doncaster Children's Services Trust are doing to meet the Trust's ambitions 
  • What it's like for those making the transition from CAMHS to AMHS 


SOCIAL WORK NEWS, JUL - SEP 2016

The July – September 2016 issue of Sanctuary Social Work News has a fresh feel. Whether you’re interested in hearing about the changes happening at Rotherham, want to know what is happening directly from the frontline, or simply fancy your chances at winning one of our new giveaways, this issue is a must read.


Written with frontline social workers and managers alike, we discover:
  • What it's like working at Rotherham 
  • How 'worry eaters' are being used by a Child In Need Team in Essex 
  • What continues to motivate award winning social work manager, Maureen Roscoe-Goulson 
  • Why male suicide is becoming more of an issue 
  • Why it's beneficial to be on social media 
  • How Norway's approach to safeguarding differs to the UK 
  • Why two of Tri-Borough's Children's Services have been rated 'outstanding'


SOCIAL WORK NEWS, APR - JUN 2016

In the April - June issue of Sanctuary Social Work News, we hear directly from Chief Social Workers Isabelle Trowler and Lyn Romeo alongside BASW’s newly appointed Chief Executive, Ruth Allen, on their aspirations for the profession.


We also discover more about the importance of media engagement from media expert, David Niven, whose research advocates sharing how the profession is helping to transform the lives of vulnerable people.

Meanwhile, we discover what frontline social workers can do to keep up-to-date with the latest research, why person-centred communications is vital in dementia care, and how a ‘worry bag’ made all the difference to one child. And much more...
  • Mapping social work 
  • Practice research tips 
  • Legislation update 
  • In their best interest 
  • A day in the life of a Looked After Children team social worker 


SOCIAL WORK NEWS, JAN - MAR 2016

In the January - March issue of Sanctuary Social Work News, we hear from those involved in debating the Immigration Bill as it makes its way through Parliament. Also inside, London Borough of Havering's children's services feature in the Council Spotlight, the challenges of adult safeguarding are explored by Service Manager Andy Hill, and we hear the personal story of Beth Britton and her dad's life with vascular dementia. And much more...


  • Council spotlight on London Borough of Havering's Children's Services 
  • The Immigration Bill: the debate
  • Social Worker of the Year Awards 2015
  • A personal story of dementia 
  • A Spanish retreat for siblings in care
  • Zoë Betts on sharing best practice 
  • A diary entry revealing the day in the life of an adult social worker in an emergency duty care team


SOCIAL WORK NEWS, OCT - DEC 2015

The October - December issue of Sanctuary Social Work News focuses on the idea of implementing change by listening to practitioners and the ideas of those who rely on social services. We also explore the experiences of care leaver and founder of Foster Focus, Luke Rodgers, and hear his views on shaping social services.


  • Council spotlight on Hillingdon Council's children in care team
  • Kingston Coordinated Care Programme
  • Zoë Betts’ on effecting change in social work
  • BASW's Joe Godden on implementing mindful techniques into practice
  • Luke Rodgers on setting up Foster Focus and his views on shaping services
  • A diary entry revealing the day in the life of an adult social worker in a complex assessment team


SOCIAL WORK NEWS, JUL - SEP 2015

In the July - September issue of Sanctuary Social Work News, we hear from Care Act adviser Richard Pantlin on the implementation of the Care Act - Part 2. On the topic of new legislation, we also speak to experts about the newly criminalised offence of coercive control. 

For those entering the profession, be sure to turn to Zoë Bett’s column for tips and advice. Practice Educator Brian Mitchell also tells us why it’s important to integrate theoretical learning with practice.


  • Council spotlight on Buckinghamshire’s Children’s Social Care 
  • Dr. Siobhan Weare on the need for more than an offence of coercive control to combat domestic abuse 
  • Zoë Betts’ tips and advice to those beginning their social work career
  • Practice Educator Brian Mitchell on the importance of integrating theory with practice 
  • Care Act adviser Richard Pantlin on the funding reforms of the Care Act - Part 2
  • Hertfordshire’s Director of Family Safeguarding on how they are revolutionising child protection 
  • A diary entry revealing the day in the life of a family finding social worker


SOCIAL WORK NEWS, APR - JUN 2015

The April - June issue of Sanctuary Social Work News covers the latest news on the general election 2015 concerning social work and looks at what the major political parties are promising for the profession. As the sector steps up its commitment to multi-agency working, we also hear from other professionals working alongside social workers about the benefits of working in partnership.


  • Council Spotlight on Merton’s Children’s Services 
  • General Election - what are the political parties promising for adult social care and children’s services?
  • Joining forces  - the benefits of multi-agency work
  • Sanctuary Trainer, Robin Watts, writes about the changing face of social work
  • A day in the life of an NSPCC helpline practitioner