Six years ago we had the privilege of taking over as the editors of this journal. How do we capture what this experience has been like and taught us? Below are our points of reflection, our thanks, and our thoughts about the wider context.
Juliet Koprowska & Gillian Ruch, Gloria Kirwan and Andrew Whittaker
Abstract: I often think of psychotherapy as a meal – an opportunity to be nourished. What this meal is made of will depend, to a large extent, on what is wanted, affordable and available – financially and emotionally – and whether we have the time, space and stomach to consume and digest all that is there.
Abstract: In England, there are fewer and fewer opportunities for social workers to undertake groupwork. The following is a description of an innovative feminist approach involved in adapting psychoanalytic theories, particularly the work of Winnicott, within a groupwork context. The paper describes a typical group session, preceded by an account of some of the main theories and practices informing our work.
Recruitment of staff in child protection services is a major challenge for statutory agencies in Australia and overseas. Retaining experienced staff is difficult given that the nature of the work is stressful, complex and staff turnover is high.
Dr Joanna Zubrzycki, Lorraine Thomson, Pamela Trevithick
Welcome to this special issue of the Journal of Social Work Practice on risk in social work. Risk is often defined in terms of the probability of harm occurring (Gigerenzer 2014); although in social work practice, the concept is far more multi-faceted.
The first three of the papers in this issue focus on aspects of staff support and, in differing ways, speak to the widespread concerns about staff wellbeing, resilience and retention that are recognised in the diverse national contexts – Ireland, Denmark and Southern Europe – which the papers represent.
This general issue contains two papers from Israel, two from Australia, one from New Zealand and one from the UK. Differences in policy, practice and culture are evident and enrich our understanding of how social work is thought about and conducted in different parts of the world.