Attending Your First Fostering Panel: A Practical Guide


Following successful completion of your Form F report and subsequent journey through quality assurance, the final hurdle approaches – presenting your findings at the fostering panel. The purpose of panel is to make clear recommendations to the agency as to whether, in its view, individual applicants should be approved/re-approved. Attending a fostering panel can be daunting, for both applicant and assessor, so you may find below useful points to bear in mind.

      • [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Observe a Fostering Panel” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left|color:%23ef7e21″ use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Gaining experience of how your organisation’s panel operates will give you a better understanding of what to expect when you are in attendance. Observing a panel will provide you with an opportunity to witness how the panel works, the methodology they use and what they deem to be a robust Form F assessment. You will also gain knowledge and insight into the group dynamics and functioning.

    [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Research the panel members” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left|color:%23ef7e21″ use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]The panel will consist of numerous individuals, each with a differing area of expertise. Panel members will view your assessment from their own professional perspective and will likely identify and pose questions accordingly. Make it your business to know your panel.

    [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Meet with the applicants prior to your panel appearance (pre-panel prep)” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left|color:%23ef7e21″ use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]It is important that applicants feel fully supported and guided throughout the assessment process and this includes preparation for panel. Perhaps think about going for a coffee together before your panel time slot (being mindful of confidentiality of course!). This will give you both an opportunity to revisit the panel process, explore potential panel questions, as well as discuss any updates that may have occurred since the Form F was submitted to the organisation.

    [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Support the applicants during the panel” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left|color:%23ef7e21″ use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Do not be afraid to speak up for the applicants whilst at panel. We can all get flustered at times and you may be well-positioned to prompt the applicants to expand on their answers or reframe their responses. However, be careful not to answer for them.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Meet with the applicants after panel (post-panel debrief)” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left|color:%23ef7e21″ use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]The applicants will need an opportunity to process and reflect on their panel experience. It is important that you allow them time and space for this as it will provide an opportunity for learning. It also signifies the official ending to their assessment, and quite possibly, their involvement with you. Encourage them to be open and honest about their assessment experience, request feedback from the applicant and ensure you explain the next steps, whatever they may be.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Learning from Practice” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left|color:%23ef7e21″ use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Each panel differs in their expectations and what they consider standard practice. Try to remember any questions you are asked and/or critical comments that are made as it will help inform your practice and aid you in future assessment quality. As hard as it can be sometimes, try not to take constructive criticism personally, rather absorb it as part of your learning journey.  I never stop learning.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Give yourself a pat on the back” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left|color:%23ef7e21″ use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Successfully completing social work assessments and presenting them to an experienced panel requires a diverse and demanding range of professional, emotional, and cognitive skills in addition to continued commitment and dedication. Make sure you take time to acknowledge a job well done.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_btn title=”DOWNLOAD THIS PRACTICAL GUIDE” color=”warning” align=”center” link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”][vc_btn title=”A Practical Guide To Completing Your First Form F Assessment: Useful Hints and Tips” color=”warning” align=”center” link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”][vc_column_text]

    Author Bio

    Written by Stef Lewis for One Stop Social.  Independent Social Worker (MASW)  – Atarah Assessment and Consultancy.

    Stef Lewis is an experienced social worker, who has had the opportunity to work within numerous early intervention, adoption and fostering teams and is now a well-established independent social worker and fostering panel member. Stef blogs with One Stop Social because she wishes to share her own learning with others



Special Guardianship Order Reports: Tips and Hints

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Special guardianship assessments are one of the most detailed and extensive assessments to complete within Children’s Social Care Services. An SGO serves to grant parental responsibility to one of more special guardians (usually kinship carers or sometimes foster carers) whilst not severing the bond with birth parents. It was introduced in 2005 as a permanency option and once granted is expected to last until the child/ren reach the age of 18 years.

The amount of information needed to formulate the assessment can be daunting and very time consuming. As such, I have put together some vital information and tips to consider during the assessment process.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Legislation and Guidance” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:left|color:%23ef7e21″ use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

  • The Special Guardianship Regulations 2005
  • The Special Guardianship (Amendment) Regulations 2016
  • Children Act 1989
  • Adoption and Children Act 1989
  • Re B-S judgement
  • Special Guardianship Guidance 2017 (updated from 2005)
  • DfE Impact of the Family Justice Reforms on Front-line Practice Pase Two: Special Guardianship Orders – research report – August 2015
  • DfE The impacts of abuse and neglect on children; and comparison of different placement options – Review – March 2017

Supervision Orders have quite commonly been attached to SGO’s due to remaining doubts about the prospective guardian’s ability to care for the child/ren on a long term basis. However, the government have reported that “it is vitally important for the Local Authority analysis to be robust, supported by strong and independent evaluation” so as to reduce the need for Supervision Order applications.

The report will encompass a detailed assessment and analysis of the child/ren, both birth parents and the applicants. Below is not an exhaustive list, but may help in some aspects to consider:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Family history” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:left|color:%23ef7e21″ use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

  • When interviewing parent’s and prospective special guardians, ensure all family names, dates of birth, places of birth, any deaths and explanations for deaths are gathered and the dynamics of each relationship. This will enable you to consider the support network and any conflict within the family that should be explored further.
  • A short personal history of the parents and special guardians should include occupation, health care difficulties, any risk factor in respect of alcohol use, drug use, criminal activity, mental health or psychological difficulties. In addition, the way in which each special guardian was parented and what have they learned from their own past experiences etc.
  • Analysis of their early life and teenage years to include any involvement with the Local Authority, any welfare or child protection concerns. Include any physical abuse, sexual abuse, how their emotional needs were met and any negligent patterns of parenting.
  • An analysis of the special guardian’s relationships with each birth parent including any risk factors.
  • Consider family conferencing to enable the wider family to provide support for the placement sustainability.

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  • Undertake a chronology of educational placements for each special guardian. This needs to include any qualifications gained, changes in schools and why, experiences of bullying or being bullied, special educational needs, school attendance, attainment and exclusions, their values regarding education.
  • Include any college courses and/or university courses and whether these were completed.
  • Previous, current and future career goals and aspirations and how these can be achieved as a special guardian.

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  • A full chronology of the special guardian’s employment to include explanations for leaving employment (whether sacked and reasons why), periods of time out of work and if they were in the forces (if dishonourably discharged) and possible mental health implications from such employment.

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  • Undertake an analysis from the special guardian’s own self reporting in respect of their childhood and adulthood to include any serious illnesses, accidents, injuries or operations (including head trauma).
  • The impact that any medical or health care problem has had upon their ability to parent or quality of life.
  • Medical records should be made available and should be considered. The medical records can also be cross-referenced with other aspects of the assessment. For example, drugs, alcohol misuse and mental health.
  • Special guardian’s overall physical health and age should be taken into account, including any illnesses that are degenerative, any patterns of health problems in the family, hereditary illnesses, smoking, diet and exercise.

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  • Consider whether mental health services were involved when the prospective special guardians – whether as children or as adults.
  • The Recent Life Events questionnaire and the Adult Wellbeing Scale are useful tools to use.
  • Consider whether the special guardian has attempted to take their own life, self-harmed or had suicidal ideation. Detail here when each event happened and in what context etc.
  • Consider any medications taken and the reasons for such medication.

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  • Create a chronology in respect of the use of alcohol and drug use to include all substances. For example, cannabis, heroin, cocaine, glue, gas, amphetamines and psycho-active substances. Detail here when any problematic use started and the context etc.
  • The Alcohol Use Questionnaire should be undertaken.
  • The medical records should be cross-referenced in respect of drug and alcohol use.

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  • Complete a detailed analysis of the applicant’s forensic history to include all involvement with the police and courts.
  • Discuss all relevant convictions with the applicant and set out their response within the body of the assessment report. Cross reference with their respective criminal records.
  • Identify any patterns of behaviour and any risks regarding illegal activity upon the child/ren.

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  • Complete a detailed account or chronology of each special guardian’s relationship history, the children from the relationships (on-going contact etc.) their involvement with those children and any concerns about those children.
  • This section should include any relationship issues, such as domestic violence, reasons for relationship breakdowns, child deaths etc.
  • Interview previous partners and their experiences of the prospective special guardians.
  • Stability of current relationship, any periods of separation, how disagreements are solved, how each applicant views the others characteristics etc.

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  • Include how long they have known the child/ren, and in what context, how much involvement they have had, their understanding of the needs of the child.
  • Their on-going understanding of the longer term needs of the child up until 18 years of age and any difficulties they may face regarding the child/ren’s past experiences.
  • Their understanding of any current or future risks posed by birth parents.
  • The strength of the previous and current relationship between the child/ren and the applicants.
  • Include a ‘day in the life of’ to explore an average day (if children are currently placed with them) in the children’s lives.

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  • To include observations between applicants and child/ren.
  • Observations of applicants during interview process.
  • Discussions with family members and references.

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  • This aspect should include an analysis of their practical, emotional, financial and professional support networks, their attitude to help and support and their ability to engage and co-operate.
  • Familial and friends references should be obtained.

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  • A detailed analysis of the home conditions should take place, details of each room should be observed, look out for any aspects that could present a risk to the child/ren. The Home Conditions questionnaire is a useful tool.
  • Consider whether the family is vulnerable to eviction, debt, privately owned, rented etc.
  • The outside area of the home should be seen, both front and back and any safety aspects discussed.
  • The children’s bedrooms and bedding should be seen.
  • Any pets and any risks attached – meet the pet.

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  • Complete a detailed analysis of the applicant’s income and expenditure. This should be supported with bank statements or other documentation and should also set out what disposable income is spent upon. Any loans, CCJ’s, debt should be taken into account.

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  • The domains of parenting capacity should be considered through the observation of contact, discussion during interview, information obtained from other professionals, references and questionnaires and scales completed.

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  • Analysis should take place on the applicant’s ability to meet the health, education, emotional and behavioural developmental needs of each child, provide emotional, financial and home life stability.

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  • The applicant’s ability to safeguard the child from parental risks, their understanding of what the risks are and how they will manage these.
  • To include other potential risks, e.g internet use, social media, stranger danger and how risks may increase as the child enters adolescence including CSE, drug and alcohol use, mental health etc.

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  • This should include an understanding of the child’s identity within the family, the child’s attachment to the parents, the parents’ attachment to the child, the sibling attachments, religious persuasion and sexual orientation and how these will be managed and supported.

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  • How the applicants will provide a stimulating environment, extra activities, family time etc.

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  • What is the applicants understanding of these aspects of care, what their values are regarding boundaries, routines, (cross reference in ‘day in the life of’), expectations, behaviour management etc.

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  • This should consider the children’s social presentation and self-care skills but should also include the applicant’s ability to meet these needs. Their own social presentation and self-care skills to include; how they manage their health, household, emotional well-being etc. and how they have presented during the course of the assessment and any deficits within self-care skills should be raised.

Finally, just remember not to become overwhelmed with the amount of information needed. Organise yourself to discuss specific sections in each interview session so as to break the process down.

You can also set ‘homework’ to enable the gathering process to become easier. For example, request family trees to be completed by each applicant before your next meeting, a chronology of employment, education and income. In addition, for the applicants to involve themselves in research regarding the impact of specific abuse and neglect the child/ren may have experienced. Above all, always keep the child’s needs, safety and welfare at the centre of the assessment.

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Author Bio

The Author of this blog is an experienced Social Worker, Practice Educator and Independent Social Work Consultant who enjoys sharing experiences and learning new skills and knowledge. Background includes working in Child Protection, Family Court, Fostering, EDT, Adults with Learning Difficulties and the Youth Justice System.


We did it: One Stop Social takes on London!

After many months of effort, on Thursday 24th January we finally opened the doors for our first social work and care convention in London. With over 20 CPD workshops running throughout the day and the chance to network with some fantastic front-line services in our sector, this event had been a labour of love for our team and we were so excited to bring together everyone for a great day. And what a day it was!

From our very first attendee arriving just after 09:00 to fighting for the last slice of pizza at the ‘afterparty’, the London edition of Work and Care Together was an immense success. With 600 people through the door and around 100 or so representing different services in our exhibition, the convention was able to unite a substantial portion of the extended One Stop Social community for a great day of development and networking. Our workshops were absolutely packed with attendees who were engaging with the different topics enthusiastically and really making the most of the training available. It was very rewarding to see our practitioners discussing innovative ideas about how to move forward as a collective and ensure social work and care modernises with the times!

Social Worker & OSS Director Matt Hughes with Chief Social Worker (Adults) Lyn Romeo

Even just in the few days since the event took place, our team have had brilliant feedback from both partners and ticket-holders on the value they found and how they enjoyed the workshops we coordinated. The Twitter-verse was ablaze with #WorkCareTogether on the day and we’re continuing to receive positive messages about the benefits felt of being able to access such high-quality training and networking for free.

We’d like to take this moment to extend a massive thank you to all the services who came together and made this event possible. Every single exhibitor and presenter is a valued member of our social work community, and we were proud to have them involved. Having West Sussex County Council on board as our Main Partners gave our attendees the chance to hear about how they’re raising the bar for how local authorities support their practitioners with their #stepthisway programme. Our 3 Sponsors also each brought intellectual insight and creativity to the event, to inspire our attendees. Care Sourcer kept us in steady supply of donuts throughout the day, as well as providing a new perspective on saving social workers time when arranging care. Hays Social Care were able to give a realistic look at the recruitment and employment process for practitioners; and their debate on ‘Working Effectively in Times of Austerity’ was definitely thought provoking. Last, and definitely not least, the team from Elder Live in Care showcased how they’re able to match carers to people in need of at-home care in a person-centred way. They also had some of the most in-demand branded sweets of the day!

On a personal level, we were really pleased to have the opportunity to actively discuss our new social work membership with front-line practitioners and get feedback on the genuine usefulness of the rewards and discounts we offer. We’ve developed OSS Membership for you, our community, and so to be able to hear how pleased you are about the resource providers we’ve partnered with or the enthusiasm for the personal discounts available in our rewards platform… it makes all the effort worthwhile!

One Stop Social Membership

Bringing our Work and Care Together conventions to our social work community in the capital city was an incredibly important step for us. We’ve always worked to support practitioners nationally, and so being able to be present in London and connect with so many professionals in person reaffirmed our drive to help develop our “one stop shop” for the sector and we’re really proud of the discussions that were able to take place on Thursday. This will definitely not be the last Work and Care Together event, and while our next may take us back above the North-South divide again, we know we’ll be back in London in no time!  

If you were at Work and Care Together in London last week, then we want to hear from you! Let us know what you thought of the convention and where you think we could have done better. After all, these events are for you, so we want to make sure we’re providing the best platform for our community that we can.

Matt had this to say:

Well, what a fantastic day we had at our first Work & Care Convention in London! It was great to see, in all, over 700 practitioners in attendance. As most of you who’ve been following One Stop Social for a while know, I’ve been on a mission to promote the positive and excellent work social workers and care professionals do every single day. For me, this day epitomised the dedication our community has to supporting vulnerable people and developing good practice. I loved the chance to celebrate social work and care with everyone in London and look forward to seeing you all at our next Work and Care Together event!

Frontline To Receive Funding for 900 Social Workers

Education Secretary Damian Hinds has thrown his support this morning behind the training programme for children’s social workers run by Frontline, announcing funding for 900 places until 2021. This new funding comes soon after Frontline revealed research showing that “44% of adults aged 18 – 34 are considering a change of career this year” and that “25% of millennials would prioritise purpose over pay”. Therefore, this move could be a way for the government to encourage social work as a profession across the country. Supporting vulnerable children is definitely a ‘purposeful’ career, so making training more available could be a good way to entice millennials into the sector – thereby helping the recruitment issues that social work and care are feeling so critically lately.

Damian Hinds commented that “children’s social care is only as good as the people who deliver it, which is why we want to recruit, retain and develop the best social workers, so they can continue to offer the much needed lifeline to those who need it most”; therefore it’s a brilliant vote of confidence into the quality of the training offered by Frontline, showcasing governmental recognition of the valuable services in our sector.

The 900 places for children’s social workers are part of a £45million funding package from the government to help Frontline continue their work as a top recruiter for social work, bringing in some excellent talent for our sector every year. It’ll help facilitate more programmes and inspire more graduates, young people and career-changers to choose social work. We all know we need more people to develop our sector and help support the vulnerable people who need us across the UK; so this move to boost recruitment figures is a positive start to 2019 from the Education Secretary!

Frontline have had cross-party support for their work for a while now, but it’s great to see that this support is manifesting in actual funding that will improve opportunities within social work. As a “charity with a mission to transform the lives of vulnerable children by recruiting and developing outstanding individuals to be leaders in social work and broader society”; it’s easy to recognise how honourable their mission is, so to see external support furthering their cause is undeniably a reason to celebrate!

Josh MacAlister, CEO of Frontline tweeted that he was “delighted that our work to transform lives of the most vulnerable children and their families will continue into the next decade”. We’re immensely pleased to see this funding being dedicated to such valuable work, and One Stop Social will be here to support these new recruits to our social work community in every way we can!

Frontline 2019

Applications are still open for the Frontline programme in 2019, and as Josh MacAlister put it: “This year there has never been a better time to get into social work.” So why not start your social work journey today!

Work and Care Together – Training Opportunities 

If you’re looking to develop your skills within social work, why not attend our free convention on 24th January in London for social work and care professionals. We’ve got 24 training sessions and presentations taking place across the day and all completely free to attend! Our workshops are on a variety of topics including: 

  • Child Criminal Exploitation, County Lines & Cuckooing and Post-18 Issues [by SPACE]
  • Giving Evidence in Court for Social Workers [by The Open University]
  • Priorities for Modern Social Work Practice [by Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults]
  • Parents as Partners: tackling child exploitation [by Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation]
  • Domestic Abuse & Somalian Community – Approach to Parenting [by Mike Williams, NSPCC]

Social Work Convention Training

The countdown is officially on for the first installment of Work and Care Together in London.

With just a few days days left until we open the doors for our first major social work and care convention at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, it’s an understatement to say we’re excited. We’ve got some fantastic services involved in the exhibition element of the day (including our Sponsors Care Sourcer, Hays Social Care and Elder Live-In Care) and with West Sussex County Council on board as our Main Partners for the whole event, we’ve been able to craft an event with practitioners at the heart.

Attendees will automatically enter our free competition, offering the following prizes:

1) £200
2) 2 OSS Memberships  (for you and a friend)
3) 1 OSS Membership
4) £100 
5) 2 FREE Social Work Books 

At One Stop Social, we pride ourselves on the fact that we’re front-line practitioner run, and so everything we do is driven by ways we can realistically help our social work and care communities. We understand the day-to-day struggles within social work and we use all the resources at our disposal to help where we can. An example of this is the training we’ve organised for Work and Care Together in London. We recognise it’s so important for practitioners to develop their skills and understanding in different areas of social work; therefore, we wanted to make sure we offered a variety of different talks at our convention which our attendees would actually want to see. With a whopping 24 training workshops and presentations taking place throughout the day on 24th January – all completely free to attend – we hope we’ve achieved this.

Below you’ll find the full training schedule for all 5 of our break-out rooms at Work and Care Together and remember, they’re all entirely free! OSS Members can pre-register for their chosen sessions, but aside from that, the rooms will be filled on a first come first served basis. All you’ll need to do is come by the One Stop Social stand and let our team know which presentation you’d like to attend. We’ll close the lists 15 minutes before each workshop so we’d recommend getting to the event a bit early! You’ll need a “General Admission” ticket to access the event as a whole so make sure to book yours! There will be a very limited number of tickets available at the door

Training Room 1
Training Room 2
Training Room 3
Training Room 4
Training Room 5

We hope to see you all there, and just remember, if you have any questions feel free to email us at

One Stop Social Membership – If you’d like first access to One Stop Social organised training, not just at Work and Care Together but across the UK, then sign up for our new membership scheme. For just £6.49/month you’ll get discounts of between 10-30% on a range of social work books, e-books and resources; free e-journals; 90% off bespoke social work insurance packages AND access to our rewards platform!

Social Work Assessment Pack | Resource for frontline working

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Below we have created a Social Work Assessment Pack. This excellent resource is for frontline practitioners and consists of our top ten most popular downloaded social work guides, assessments tips and resources.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Special Guardianship Order Reports: Tips and Hints” color=”warning” align=”center” link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”][vc_btn title=”Social Work: How To Write A Good Assessment ” color=”warning” align=”center” link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”][vc_btn title=”Sibling Attachment Assessment: What You Need To Know” color=”warning” align=”center” link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”][vc_btn title=”Effective Social Work Statutory Visits” color=”warning” align=”center” link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”][vc_btn title=”A Practical Guide To Completing Your First Form F Assessment” color=”warning” align=”center” link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”][vc_btn title=”Attending Your First Fostering Panel: A Practical Guide” color=”warning” align=”center” link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”][vc_btn title=”Social Work Basic Court Skills: What you need to know” color=”warning” align=”center” link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”][vc_btn title=”Social Work: Theories to Inform & Intervene & Models of Assessment” color=”warning” align=”center” link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”][vc_btn title=”Assessing Children and Families” color=”warning” align=”center” link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”][vc_btn title=”Pre-Birth Assessment Tool and Guidance” color=”warning” align=”center” link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”][vc_column_text]If you have a resource or best practice guidance, please feel free to contact us.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Contact us” align=”center” link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”][vc_column_text]

If you’re looking for work in the social work or care sector, make sure you’ve uploaded your CV to our social work and care CV Library. It’s free. You can save, email and apply to all your favourite roles from across the UK. 

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Our Work and Care Together Partners for London!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As the Christmas break edges closer it could be assumed that we’re all consumed with thoughts of mince pies, eggnog and presents; but in the case of the One Stop Social team, you’d be mistaken. The end of December for us doesn’t mean Christmas (well it does obviously, we’re not totally immune to festivity) but in actual fact, means we’re that one step closer to our first convention in London. On Thursday 24th January 2019 we’re going to be setting up shop at the Park Plaza Riverbank in central London for a day of networking, training and creative thinking. The second installation of our Work and Care Together events (and our first in the capital city) is centred around the theme of “Educate. Collaborate. Innovate.”, highlighting our drive to support our community with the latest ideas within social work and care.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”3689″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]What’s making us even more excited in the countdown to this event, besides the insightful (free) CPD training workshops and presentations delivered by experts in their field, are the incredible partners who we’re working with for the exhibition at Work and Care Together. We’re committed to making the networking element of this event as equally engaging as the training sessions – and so with that in mind, we’ve got a great line-up for you. Forget Glastonbury or the World Cup Final: this will be the place to be if you’re as passionate about social work and care as we are.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]First up, we’ve got out Main Partners: West Sussex County Council. After examining the issues of recruitment and retention within the sector throughout our first Work and Care Together event in Manchester, we’re really excited to be working with West Sussex this time, as they’re showing an active drive to work on these problems with their new #StepThisWay programme. We’re sure they’ll have some great insight in London for our delegates, not just about the employability process, but how we can collectively develop social work processes positively as we move forward. Make sure you stop by their stand on 24th January 2019 and chat to their great team![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”3649″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We’ve also got a great team of sponsors for our second installation in our Work and Care Together series, as our team are keen to collaborate with different services o create a fun and interesting event for you, our community. Hays Social Care, the internationally recognised recruitment agency, are emphasising the “Educate” angle of the events theme by highlighting the importance of working on your skills throughout your career. They’ll also be delivering a presentation on “Working Effectively in Social Work”, which we’re sure will help guide practitioners through their career development. The “Innovate” aspect is handled by Care Sourcer, a start-up from Edinburgh who are working to revolutionise social care with their new care-matching service. Thanks to our recent investigative research with them on the delayed discharge rates within London, we’ve learnt about their determination to integrate technology within the sector, so you’ll not want to miss hearing from them! Our sponsor Elder embody the “Collaborate” theme for Work and Care Together, as leading care providers of live-in care, they recognise the importance of human connections and how the right partnerships can make a real difference in social care. They have service users at the heart of their work, a value we respect and empathise with. They’ll be hosting a breakfast workshop with complimentary coffee and pastries, which will no doubt be a great kick-off for the event![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Our other exhibitors are equally exciting and we’re sure will bring some really interesting perspectives to our first London event. There’ll be a great mix of front-line services to shed light on various different aspects of social work and care, so make sure you don’t miss out on your chance to chat with the great teams working to support our social work and care community in the best way. These include:

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

University of Kent Child Protection Centre 

Skills for Care

Research in Practice

Sugarman Education – Children’s Services Division

Potton Kare Services

Centre for Adult Social Care: Advice, Information & Dispute Resolution (CASCAIDr)

National Careers Service 

Edge Training

West Midlands Children’s Services


Parents Against Child sexual Exploitation (PACE)

Every Child Leaving Care Matters (ECLCM)

Kirwin Maclean Associates 

Hays Social Care 


Care Sourcer 

Creative Sparkworks 

Elder Live-In Care 

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]This is shaping out to be a really great day for practitioners, if we do say so ourselves, so book your free ticket today! This ticket will let you access the event as a whole, and then you can register your interest for any of the training or sessions you like with a member of the One Stop Social Team on the day![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Remember though that all OSS Members can pre-register for their chosen workshops, so if you’ve signed up to One Stop Social Membership, you get first dibs! Otherwise, it’s first come first served – so we’d suggest getting there early so that you don’t miss out on your favourite session![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_btn title=”Book Your Free Ticket Here” color=”warning” align=”center” link=”||target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_cta h2=”One Stop Social Membership ” txt_align=”center” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”One Stop Social Membership ” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|”]Do you want first access to our training workshops at Work and Care Together and other One Stop Social events; as well as a whole range of other benefits? Then join One Stops Social Membership for just £6.49/month!

By becoming a member of One Stop Social, you’ll get vastly discounted bespoke social work insurance packages, promo codes for social work books and e-books, and access to popular e-journals. We also recognise you’re more than just your practice, so part of the membership is a rewards platform where you can find special deals that can be cashed in at high-street retailers and restaurants, when booking holidays and even on your regular utilities.

Register for One Stop Social’s Membership and start being rewarded as a practitioner and as a person![/vc_cta][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3678″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

End of Life Care for People with Alcohol and Drug Problems

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]For the past two years, Professor Sarah Galvani has been leading a multidisciplinary research team at Manchester Metropolitan University, exploring end of life care (EoLC) for people with alcohol and other drug problems (with funding from the Big Lottery Fund). The research has examined the good practice and challenges experienced by health and social care practitioners, service users and families when life-shortening conditions co-exist with problematic substance use (SU).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_single_image image=”3626″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”3625″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

It sought to answer the following questions:
1. What does the existing international research and wider literature tell us about current responses to end of life care for people with substance problems?
2. What practice or care pathways already exist to support adults with substance problems needing end of life care, and the families/carers of these people?
3. How many people with substance related chronic or terminal illness are receiving, or in need of, end of life care in the UK?
4. How do people with substance problems, past or present, experience end of life care?
5. How do family members, friends and carers (FMFCs), experience the care and support provided to their loved one? To what extent have services been responsive to FMFCs own support needs?
6. What are the challenges and opportunities professionals face supporting people with substance problems and chronic or terminal illness?

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This is a very under-researched field, and our work has revealed particular knowledge gaps around the scale and prevalence of need for individuals and their families – that have resulted in this population remaining hidden from view. Yet, we know that the UK has an ageing population, with alcohol-related harm known to be escalating in older age groups. Combined with evidence of the cohort of ageing heroin users in treatment, urgent attention needs to be paid to the end of life needs of this growing group of people.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]From a policy perspective, despite recognition of the increasing importance of palliative care for an ageing population, little is known about how these services could best support people with substance use problems – many of whom do not access services and others whose social circumstances may not always fit with traditional medication or health / social care regimes. This population generally experiences multiple, long-term, and complex health and social care needs, combined with high levels of mental health difficulties and social isolation. This combination can leave them particularly vulnerable. Quite often, reluctance to engage with services means that they rely on costly emergency hospital and ‘blue light’ services for their healthcare needs. Both for these individuals directly, but also for their families and informal carers (who frequently have long-term healthcare needs of their own), community-based approaches need to be developed to provide effective support and to ensure that this group of people are able to die with dignity and care.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Unfortunately, current substance use policy does not account for the needs of this group and there is no way of monitoring the extent to which palliative care reaches people with substance problems. But we are finding small pockets of developing good practice across the country and we’re hoping that our research is the first step in helping to develop new policies and services that meet the needs of people with substance problems at the end of their lives, and also support their families/carers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We are now moving forward to examine what guidance is needed to help integrate health and social care policies that better support work across the substance use and palliative/end of life care sectors. We hope to further develop this work and have recently submitted an application for further research funding to examine the whether a new model of care could improve access to, and experience of, end of life care for people with problematic substance.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

For more information about our project or to share insights about your own work and experiences, please contact:
Dr Sam Wright 07815 595609
Professor Sarah Galvani 07775 680418

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Contributed by Dr Sam Wright, Senior Research Associate at Manchester Metropolitan University[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”3624″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_cta h2=”Interested in Finding Out More? ” txt_align=”center”]If this research from Manchester Metropolitan University has sparked your interest and you want to find out more about End of Life Care, or handling Alcohol and Drug problems in adults, then make sure to check out our Resources Page. We have a whole range of tools to support your practice, on a variety of topics.

And don’t forget, if you have a guide, book or resource you’d like to contribute to One Stop Social, get in touch with our team at![/vc_cta][vc_btn title=”My Future & End of Life Care Plan” color=”warning” align=”center” link=”||target:%20_blank|”][vc_btn title=”End of Life Care Common Core Principles for Social Care and Health Workers” color=”warning” align=”center” link=”||target:%20_blank|”][vc_btn title=”Understanding Substance: Use Policy and Practice” color=”warning” align=”center” link=”||target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

JKP: Publishers on A Mission.

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”3600″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]With the launch of One Stop Social Membership in early October, we’ve been working hard to build partnerships and relationships with services and organisations within social work who will actively help us support our social work community in the best way possible. Jessica Kingsley Publishers (JKP) sought us out with a desire to be involved in our membership – showing us a real drive to help social workers – and now offer One Stop Social Members 20% off all their books and e-books. Thanks to this support of our membership, we wanted to get to know the team a bit better at JKP and show our extended community the values and history that influences the books and resources JKP provide to the sector. We got chatting to Steve Jones, the Senior Commissioning Editor, and here’s what we found out:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]”What is the core ethos of JKP?”

JKP’s long-standing mission statement has always been to ‘publish books that make a difference’, whether that’s to helping professionals, or to the individuals, families and communities they support.

As part of our 30th anniversary celebrations last year, I embarked upon the intimidating task of compiling a book called 30 Years of Social Change; to document how things have changed in our subject areas over the period. Spending time talking with long-standing authors and revisiting our backlist really drove home to me the clear and unswerving mission of ‘making a difference’ which has underpinned all our publishing.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]”What were the values instilled in the company by Jessica Kingsley?”

Jessica Kingsley founded the company in 1987, and her independent and pioneering spirit have shaped its publishing throughout: always looking to improve on what has gone before, always growing, and always looking to break new ground. This might be a new subject, or innovative forms of publishing or writing. Her dedication to social change and making a difference, and a willingness to take a risk to achieve that, has driven JKP to do some really interesting and innovative publishing. Jessica retired this year, but her ethos and vision strongly remains in place.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]”What are your main goals at JKP in regards to supporting the social work community?”

In common with all the professionals we publish for, JKP’s aim is to publish books for social workers that will help them to further develop their understanding and practice. Social work is a central part of our publishing and identity – way back in 1987, one of JKP’s first ever books was a social work title by Professor Joyce Lishman. It continues to be a vital part of the company today.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]”How does JKP hope to impact the lives of practitioners?”


The diversity of our publishing on social work reflects the rich diversity of social work. So, while browsing JKP’s catalogue you’ll find essential handbooks like Jan Horwath and Dendy Platt’s The Child’s World to help you to develop your knowledge, skills an understanding; you’ll find activity books like Conversation Starters for Direct Work with Children and Young People by Audrey Tait and Becky Dunn which offers lots of creative and easy to use ideas for practice; and you’ll also find thought-provoking books, like Sara Ryan’s Justice for Laughing Boy: Connor Sparrowhawk – A Death by Indifference; a book that relates to the values and ethics that lie at the heart of social work in a very direct and human way.

Sara Ryan’s book ties in with another important part of our publishing, which is advocacy – to empower marginalised or disenfranchised people with a voice to define themselves and to create their own body of literature. This is perhaps most obvious in relation to the subject of autism, where we have published memoirs, collections and professional handbooks written by people with autism to help develop professionals’ understanding. In a similar way, we’ve published authors with lived experience of dementia (Christine Bryden’s Dancing with Dementia), mental health issues (Out of the Madhouse by Michael and Iain Maitland) and foster and residential care (Paolo Hewitt’s But We All Shine On).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]”How do you select which different areas within social work you publish books about?”

To publish for any community or group – whether it be social workers, families living with autism, adoptive parents or otherwise, you need to listen. You need to talk to people, stay in touch with current debates, know about challenges of the job and also to have a sense of emerging needs or areas of funding and interest. I speak with social workers and social work lecturers on their concerns, and find Twitter and Facebook are also useful ways to keep abreast of current conversations.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]”What benefit do you think “The Child’s World, Third Edition” will bring to social workers?”

It’s one of those books that we’re extremely proud to publish. The Child’s World is a touchstone text which provides a really comprehensive account of everything you need to consider when working with children and their families, and to inform an assessment of their needs. First year undergraduates love the fact that it is clear and concise, and tell us they continue to use and refer to it throughout their degree. There’s also sufficient depth and complexity for experienced workers – it really is one of those ‘must have’ books for any child and family social worker’s bookshelf. 

Jan Horwath has been joined by Dendy Platt in editing this latest edition, and they have done an incredible job – it has been a root and branch rewrite. Almost all the chapters have been newly commissioned, and we have leading contributors in the field providing an account of the core policy, knowledge and theory relevant to social workers today. It links theory, research and legislation to practice, with case examples, tools and guidance. Examples of new chapters added since the last edition include children’s neurological development, assessing parental capacity to change and early help assessments.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”3607″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” title=”JKP”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_message icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-comments”]My favourite piece of feedback from a reviewer so far is from Professor Nick Frost who wrote “If there is a ‘Highway Code’ for children’s social work then this book is it.” – ‘nuff said! [/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]”How do you hope to see JKP expand in the coming years, and how will this benefit the social work community?”

Well we’re as busy and excited about our new publishing as ever! My colleague Andrew James has been pioneering a really exciting new list of publications around gender diversity, and in particular publishing to help support the trans community – from children’s books and graphic novels through to resources for professional and educational practice, introductory guides, memoirs and books for parents, including the bestselling titles To My Trans Sisters and the Trans Teen Survival Guide, and the award-winning Queer Sex.

Other highlights for 2019 include a brand-new series of full-colour therapeutic activity books by Dr Karen Treisman which are designed to help children with social or emotional challenges. The first in the series is called Neon the Ninja: Activity Book for Children who Struggle with Sleep and Nightmares.

In the longer term, we’ll continue to listen, and hopefully continue to publish books and resources that help social workers to carry out the important work that you do![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_cta h2=”Enjoy JKP with One Stop Social Membership” txt_align=”center” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Sign up for One Stop Social Membership” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”|||”]We’ve teamed up with Jessica Kingsley Publishers (as well as lots of other social work services) to support our social work community more with One Stop Social Membership. All Members get 20% off all books and e-books from JKP, as well as 90% discounted bespoke social work insurance packages, free e-journals and access to our rewards platform. There’s also a monthly lottery for cash prizes of £200 & £100, a benevolent fund and support from fellow social workers for your practice through out Members Forum…to name just a few of the benefits of this social work membership!

It’s our way of rewarding you as a practitioner and as a person – so register today and start benefiting![/vc_cta][/vc_column][/vc_row]

GMSWA Supports Return to Social Work Programme

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Greater Manchester Social Work Academy (GMSWA) teaching partnership promotes social work standards across the Greater Manchester region. Two of the academic partners (The University of Manchester and the University of Salford) have collaborated to set up a new Return to Social Work programme, running at both universities with support from the GMSWA. The Return to Social Work training allows professionals who have left social work for a few years to update their skills, revitalise their practice, and value previous educational or employment experience. The One Stop Social team recently sat down with Patricia Carney (University of Manchester) and Suryia Nayak (University of Salford) to find out more about how this new Return to Social Work programme will benefit social workers throughout the area.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”3617″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center” onclick=”custom_link” link=””][vc_cta h2=”” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Book Now” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_button_block=”true” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]

University of Salford

25th Feb 2019 – 26th Mar 2019

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University of Manchester

22nd Jan 2019 – 19th Feb 2019

[/vc_cta][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Tell us about the new Return to Social Work Programme

“Our programme offers an effective mix of University and placement-based experience to prepare candidates to return to practice with confidence. The programme includes two taught days focussed on recent changes in practice where current practitioners share their experiences with candidates. Specialist input is provided on current legislation, policy and Safeguarding practice governing Children and Family, Adults and Mental Health social work.  A skills focused simulation day enables candidates to refresh their social work skills in a safe environment. Candidates have a ten day placement within a Local Authority within Greater Manchester. Candidates have a mentor/supervisor whilst on placement to enable the candidate to get the most out of this valuable ‘hands –on’ experience. After placement, a final two days within the University enables candidates to debrief and reflect on their placement, including identifying particular areas for development. The final day focusses on re-registration, CV preparation and social work job interviews. Candidates also undertake 15 days private study through the Virtual Learning Environment within the Universities, extensive library and learning resources on offer.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Who is this programme relevant for?

“This is for qualified social workers who have been out of practice for between 2 – 5 years who want to re-register with HCPC and return to practice.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]How is the GMSWA supporting this endeavour?

“Firstly, GMSWA is funding places for 58 social work candidates wanting to return to practice who live in Greater Manchester and social workers who intend to work in Greater Manchester after they re-register.

Secondly, GMSWA have ten Local Authorities committed to providing the 10-day practice placements to support the programme. Candidates will have exposure to front-line statutory social work as part of their preparation to return to practice. The Local Authorities will provide mentor/supervisors to support these placements to ensure that candidates are enabled to make the most of this learning opportunity.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]If social workers don’t qualify for GMSWA funding, what is the cost of this programme?

“Social workers who do not qualify for GMSWA funding will be asked to pay £1,000 in course fees. This will include the taught elements of the programme and the 10-day practice placement.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]“What do you think is the value in a collaborative Return to Social Work Programme within Greater Manchester?”

“This collaborative Return to Social Work programme has produced a programme which is up to date in terms of what social workers need to go back into practice. Support from employers from across GMSWA ensures that the programme prepares candidates to be confident in their updated knowledge and skills. Practitioners are supporting the delivery of the programme and employers are supporting the placements.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]When will the programme run?”

“Even more good news here is that the programme runs twice. The first programme is delivered by the University of Manchester. The dates are:

  • Refresher Days: 22, 23 & 24 Jan
  • Placement: a 10-day placement to take place between 25 Jan – 18
  • Bespoke Days: 18 & 19 Feb.
  • The closing date for applications for this programme – 7th January 2019 (contact: or for an application form contact : )

The second programme is delivered by the University of Salford. The dates are:

  • Refresher Days: 25, 26 & 27 Feb
  • Placement: a 10-day placement to take place between 28 Feb and 22 March
  • Bespoke Days: 25 & 26 March 2019
  • The closing date for applications for this programme is: 4th February 2019 (contact:”

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Do the 2 programmes (at Salford and Manchester) provide the same training to social workers? If not, how do they differ?

“Yes, the programme is delivered in the same way at both Universities. They differ in terms of the dates to give candidates a choice.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]How will this programme benefit social workers compared to other Return to Social Work training courses?

“The programme prepares candidates in terms of key legislation, policy and how practice has changed in the last few years. Candidates discuss what is happening in contemporary practice with social workers who are currently practicing.  Candidates refresh their interviewing and assessment knowledge and skills in simulation environment with constructive feedback. The 10-day practice placement is a key learning experience opportunity and is not provided on all Return to Social Work programmes. Going back into the workplace and seeing first- hand what may be different – and what is the same – as when candidates were last in practice themselves offers an authentic learning experience and lays a firm grounding for future employment. We tailor some of the learning directly to the different needs of candidates and have a bespoke focus to learning post – placement. We have introduced flexibility in the programme to respond to issues candidates bring themselves. The final day focuses on enhancing employability which to our knowledge is not something that is being provided in other social work programmes.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This programme sounds like a great contribution to the social work community in Greater Manchester, and it’s great to see teaching partnerships like the Greater Manchester Social Work Academy investing in making Return to Social Work more accessible for practitioners. If you want any more information about the programme or the GMSWA, then head to and see what other exciting projects are in the works![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”2376″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_cta h2=”” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Book Now” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_button_block=”true” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]

University of Salford

25th Feb 2019 – 26th Mar 2019

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University of Manchester

22nd Jan 2019 – 19th Feb 2019