The Local Government Association (LGA) has issued the call in response to a report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons published in July that revealed how rates of self-harm and assault within youth custody have soared in the past five years.
In that report Peter Clarke, the chief inspector of prisons, warned that the dangers are such that a tragedy is "inevitable" unless action is taken fast.4 Skills Every Children's Social Worker Should Have
A blog by Tracey Clayton.
"Working with children is a responsible job, seeing as how you are supposed to guide them through the most delicate period of their life. This means that they will see you as a role model (among other things) and subconsciously try to imitate your stance and behavior, as well as adhere to your every word. Of course, this is not always so transparent and sometimes their behavior may be the exact opposite of what you stand for. This alone makes it clear that, in order to be a social worker, you need to know not just what to say but how to act around children as well. Here are some skills that every children’s social worker should have."
BASW launches ‘Respect for Social Work’ campaign in bid to improve working conditions
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has launched a new campaign to try to improve working conditions in the profession. The ‘Respect for Social Work’ campaign will involve lobbying MPs in Parliament and upcoming party conferences to raise awareness about the workforce issues facing social workers on the frontline, BASW said.
BASW will work in partnership with the Social Workers Union (SWU) to address issues raised in research published in July, which found social workers were working through illness to keep on top of caseloads and had worked a total of £600 million in unpaid overtime in the past year.
Changes to domestic abuse law which would criminalise emotional and psychological abuse have been backed unanimously by a committee of MSPs.