Keeping relationships at the heart of social work practice

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Love and solidarity to all our friends and colleagues working in public services and voluntary organisations in these fast moving and uncertain times.

World Social Work Day recognises and celebrates the achievements of social work professionals worldwide.

To support this year’s theme of ‘Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships’ we have brought together connected learning resources, briefings and tools on key topics. This includes the recently released Social Work Organisational Resilience Diagnostic Tool (SWORD) that aims to help leaders and managers understand, build and sustain workforce resilience and relationships in their organisations.

To support effective supervision and maintain wellbeing, an open access online resource, developed as part of the nationwide Practice Supervisor Development Programme, also contains practical tools, videos and briefings. For adult services, the Train the Trainer Supervisor Development Programme has produced several videos that enable and empower people delivering and overseeing effective supervision within local authorities to disseminate sustainable learning. 

The resources aim to keep relationships at the heart of social work practice across the children and families, and adults social care sectors.

Find out more about World Social Work Day.

Promoting the importance of human relationships: Blog

Tania Blythe

The value of human relationships is such an intrinsic part of what we do we barely acknowledge it is there, but in truth it forms the foundation of everything.

In a world of change and challenge perhaps we should try to relax and trust ourselves a little more – connect with others and remember the importance of that connection.

What love and compassion looks like in the context of social work practice: Research Summary

This month’s summaries focus on what love and compassion looks like in the context of social work practice.

How do social workers express and manage their emotions? What does compassionate practice look like? What does ‘genuine care’ look and feel like to children and young people in the care system? These are some of the questions explored in this month’s articles.

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Related Research in Practice resources for adult social care

Related Research in Practice resources for children and families social care