Twelve years have passed since the publication of the first Special Issue of the Journal of Social Work Practice on the theme of personalisation. It was in 2010 that social care provision was literally transformed by government policy. Putting People First (2007), the first government paper describing personalisation as a strategy, was published only three years before then and practitioners quickly adapted to working with personal budgets, resource allocation systems and other self-directed support tools.
Andrew Richardson, Francesca Pozzoli, Clare Parkinson
“The Russian invasion of Ukraine has sent shockwaves across Europe and I have been struck how this applies at individual as well as governmental and institutional levels.”
In this reflective piece, Nigel Elliott delves into the history of Russia and Ukraine, shedding light on matters of nationhood and the possible part played by the West's interactions with Russia, in response to some of the troubling questions the current conflict presents.
This general issue presents articles on a range of social work issues from authors based in many different countries and regions of the world, including Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, and Europe. Across many fields of practice, including child protection, mental health, addictions, working with older people and those who are terminally ill, the authors bring a focus to the psychosocial and emotional dimensions of social work practice in its many forms. They address a range of important issues such as the need for dialogue, whether internal or external, reconciliation and kindness and the value of viewing individuals within the context of their wider eco-systems and social contexts.
Reflective practice is a well-established, but not uncomplicated or uncontested, feature of 21st Century professional activity. Familiar to practitioners in social work, social care, teaching and health-related professions, reflective practice is widely recognised as ‘a good thing’. What it exactly looks and feels like for those practising it or on the receiving end of it, however, is less well understood. In recent years, the dominance of the socio-political landscape by New Public Management and technical-rational responses to the complex, multi-faceted, affective and emotional circumstances of people’s lives, has reinforced the need for reflective skills and practices. Due to the current socially disturbing circumstances – the war in Ukraine, the global pandemic and the climate crisis – that challenge us existentially, evoke powerful emotional responses and attack our capacity to think, the need for reflective practice is, perhaps, greater than ever.
This book is relatively slim in size but ambitious in scope; indeed, there is boldness in its coverage which is pulled off with skill and clarity. Its ambition is set out in its ‘main
objective’, namely ‘to offer a critical and evidence-informed systemic and integrative approach to psychosocial and relationship-based practice and interventions’
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
Book review of: Olive Stevenson, Reflections on a Life in Social Work –
A Personal and Professional Memoir (2013)
NOTE: This article is an electronic version of an article published in the Journal of Social
Work Practice, Vol. 29, No. 4, December 2015, pp. 487-490.