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.
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.
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.
Access the Research Summary. Login to your Research in Practice (children & families) account to access.
Related Research in Practice resources for adult social care
- Developing effective commissioner and service provider relationships: Strategic Briefing
- Effective systems to support people with learning disabilities: Strategic Briefing
- Leading with compassion: Supervisors’ Briefing
- Person-centred approaches to adult mental health: Frontline Briefing
- Responding to the voice of older carers – building on what works: Practice Tool
- Successful relationships – working together across housing and social care: Practice Tool
- Supervision: Change Project resources
- Supporting adults with learning disabilities to have positive sexual relationships: Frontline Briefing
- Wellbeing supervision: Supervisors’ Briefing
- Working with complexity: Evidence Review
- Working with people who hoard: Frontline Briefing
Related Research in Practice resources for children and families social care
- 21st century social work with children and young people with disabilities: Evidence Review
- Attachment in children and young people: Frontline Briefing
- Attachment: understanding and supporting parent/carer bonding before birth and in infancy: Frontline Chart
- Defragmenting CAMHS – commissioning the children and young people’s mental health system: Strategic Briefing
- Parental mental health: Frontline Briefing and Tool
- Parental mental health: Frontline Tool
- Positive mental health and wellbeing in children and young people: Suggestions for practice
- Supporting parents who have learning disabilities: Strategic Briefing
- Transitional safeguarding - adolescence to adulthood: Strategic Briefing
- Trauma-informed approaches with young people: Frontline Briefing
- Working effectively with men in families – including fathers in children's social care: Frontline Briefing and Tool