The best social care blogs of 2014

Chris Sherwood /   June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 1,485 views

Here’s our own selection of the best blogs we’ve published this year in social care. Thanks to all of the frontline and independent bloggers who’ve kindly agreed to publish with Guerilla Policy in 2014 – Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to them all. The Coffey report: Child sexual exploitation, social norms and social change “Ann Coffey’s report emphasises the importance of listening to the real and lived experiences of children and young people. That requires us to trust them and value them. That requires significant culture change.” Simon Blake considers the implications of the Coffey report on child sexual exploitation. Posted in November by Simon Blake at The Youth Sector Blog Site The minimum rage “I don’t feel like I need an assessment, I feel like I need to stop having the value of the work I do as a carer continuously undermined by the DWP and the Treasury and the Care Minister.” During Living Wage Week, Rob Gershon reflects on how carers are over-looked and under-valued. Posted in November by Rob Gershon at ‘Welfare Reform’, with a Bedroom Tax Flavour Notes on a scandal “Shadowy darkness and secrecy will always provide good cover for criminal acts. Let’s now shine a light into the dark corners, give those who have reason to hide, nowhere to hide.” In the wake of the report into Rotherham, Cazzypot reflects on her own experience with vulnerable children in Birmingham. Posted in August by cazzypot at cazzypotsblog Rotherham – a perfect storm “What has come out in Rotherham is a microcosm of all that is concerning about child protection in the UK… [T]here are good pockets of work but as a service nationally we have failed and continue to fail our children.” The Secret Social Worker reflects on what we need to learn from Rotherham. Posted in August by the Secret Social Worker Think Ahead – Why the Fast Track mental health social work scheme is confused and poor “Read the report and weep. It is based on fallacy and factoids. It is based on leading questions and little knowledge.” CB looks at the Government’s plans for a ‘Teach First’ scheme in mental health social work. Posted in May by CB at Fighting Monsters Should “emotional cruelty” be a crime? “[T]here is just no evidence that being punitive towards inadequate parents is likely to make any child safer. Indeed it might make them less safe.” Chris Mills considers the proposal for a new criminal offence of emotional abuse and neglect of children. Posted in April by Chris Mills On trying to do therapy when your patient has no food or money “The Bedroom Tax, the cuts in Housing Benefit, …all of these are making life Hell for vulnerable people. Half a million going to food banks! In Britain! It’s a a national disgrace.” Masuma Rahim explains what it’s like trying to help people when the state doesn’t care. Posted in March by Masuma Rahim The storm “It is easy to be mislead into thinking that the aim of social work is simply to remove children, that this automatically solves all of the problems in the world.” Simply Social Work describes the ‘storm’ that many social workers in frontline child protection battle through everyday. Posted in January by Simply Social Work at hownottodosocialwork

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