We understand that social workers are under increasing pressure and are taking on more and more complex case loads with fewer resources to support their work.
The language of legislation and the recent changes to policy and practice-in-the-field adds to the pressure, creating a challenging environment to navigate. We recognise these challenges and undertake to address them through the work that we do. We have developed a number of resources to help you unpick and understand the various duties in the Children and Families Act, Care Act and Mental Capacity Act and we've developed workshop sessions to help you in practice delivery.
We're also working on a number of projects to support the development of innovative practice in the sector and are working with local authorities to share the learning nationally whilst supporting practice development at the local level. We've picked a few resources that we think will help you in your day-to-day work. You can find links to these and more in our Resource Hub and our Events Hub.
- Transforming Culture and Practice in Social Care
- Role of Social Care in Implementing the Children and Families Act
- Role of the Independent Reviewing Officers in EHC Assessments
- Identifying the Social Care Needs of Disabled Children and Young People
If you have any questions or are interested about getting involved with any of our programmes give us a call on 020 7843 6000.
Useful websites and links
We also recommend looking at any of the following websites to find useful information and guidance.
Disability Rights is run by and for people with lived experience of disability or health conditions. They can provide advice and information on a range of subjects including independent living, disability rights and gaining employment.
Social Care Institue for Excellence
The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) are a leading improvement support agency and an independent charity working with adults’, families’ and children's care and support services across the UK. They also work closely with related services such as health care and housing. Their work focuses on improving the lives of people who use care services by sharing knowledge about what works.
Together for Short Lives
Together for Short Lives supports all the professionals, children’s palliative care services and children’s hospices that deliver lifeline care to children and families across the UK. By working together with professionals and organisations they provide a strong and unified voice, and help services deliver the best quality care and support tailored to each family’s needs.
Think Local Act Personal
They are a national partnership of more than 50 organisations committed to transforming health and care through personalisation and community-based support. Their objective is to drive improvement, support the exchange of knowledge and support co-production.
Research in Practice
Their mission is to champion evidence-based practice in children's services. Their work brings together academic research, practice expertise and the evidence of children and families' experiences engaging with services in order for professionals at all levels to have the right knowledge and skills to work effectively.