Student Social Worker: My learning so far on placement

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I’m a student social worker currently on my first placement. Having spoken to a number of my peers, I wanted to share some of my thoughts and learning since I started placement. Why? Because I am hoping that most share the same experiences. But, mostly because I feel I have learnt so much in such a short space of time. I am thankful for my placement and believe it has developed my confidence and practice skills as a (student) social worker.

So, what have I learnt or observed so far:

Developing Reflective Practice

Whilst the completion of reflective logs is not mandatory for my portfolio, my Practice Educator insisted from the onset that I complete at least three a week. To tell the truth, at first I thought this was unnecessary work. However, as the weeks have progressed, I have come to realise just how important reflective practice and learning is within the world of social work. Not only has it helped with my self-care, it has helped me develop my analytical and writing skills. I am now less descriptive and more detailed in trying to breakdown the “what, where, when and how” in everything I have observed or undertaken. It has allowed me to develop an insight into how evidence based practice can be linked to supporting service users. It has offered me a structure to use in reviewing what I did well and how I can develop skills.

Shadowing social workers & external professionals

I have come to realise just how important it is to shadow other professionals and practitioners in their day to day work. Seeing and witnessing interactions with service users and other professionals has helped me develop my confidence in my abilities as a student social worker. I have been fortunate enough to have shadowed a number of professionals, including social workers, support workers and managers. I have seen what I consider good practice and some not so good practice.

Grab the learning opportunity with both hands

I am a firm believer that you only get out what you put in. I am passionate about wanting to be a “good” social worker. As such, I have taken every opportunity to apply what I have learnt academically into real practice. I am keen to take on new cases and support my service users and colleagues. I believe if I don’t develop good foundations now (in terms of what it means to be a social worker), then I am going to struggle later in my career.

It’s ok to make mistakes

Initially I was somewhat reluctant to ask for support or take on work for fear of making mistakes. However, I have realised that this is a learning opportunity and, whilst I don’t want to make mistakes, as a student it is highly likely that I will. My view now is that I have been encouraged to “give it a go”. I don’t mean doing things that my jeopardise the welfare of service users, I mean don’t be afraid to try and develop your skills. Seek support if unclear on certain tasks or ways of working.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and challenge

Yes, I realise I am fortunate to have a good Practice Educator who promotes me to challenge ways of working in order to my sense of my experiences. My supervision sessions have been fab; she challenges my thoughts and asks me how I have linked theory to practice, what legislation was applicable and skills demonstrated. It was difficult at first as I felt I was being put on the spot. But it has now given me the confidence to challenge her and other professionals; I now understand the importance of asking “why” questions.

Don’t run before you can walk!

Ok, whilst I grab every learning opportunity with both hands, there is a fine line between promoting positive learning and taking on too much. This is where a good Practice Educator can assist in offering a structured programme to help your development. I was able to map my learning and placement journey during the first two weeks. This enabled me to take a step back and develop the foundations of what it means to be a good social worker (student).

Overall, I am thankful for my placement and believe it has developed my confidence and practice skills as a (student) social worker. However, I also understand that I have a long way to go.

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Useful Student Social Work Resources

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COMPASS Jobs Fair Huge Success For One Stop Social

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On Monday we attended the COMPASS Jobs Fair Event in London (stand 9). All in all it was a huge success; Not only did we get over 75 Social Workers register to our free CV Library, we were also approached by a number of Local Authorities, Services and Training Providers wanting to join One Stop Social.

It was fantastic to meet with fellow passionate social work practitioners and managers. It was very humbling to hear how our content and resources continue to help them – from students to experienced social workers – in their delivery of practice, learning and development. It was also great to hear that there are some excellent projects going on across the country set up to invest and support the social work sector.

During the event, we asked practitioners “I am a Social Worker because…” Read their responses

What next for One Stop Social?

Following this event, we have been invited to attend a number of services to deliver a short presentation on who we are and how we can help support the social work sector – by providing a single point of access whereby practitioners can access training, courses, resources and find jobs. We will also be attending a number of events throughout the year, so watch this space!

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Sincerely, You | National Care Leavers Event | Lancashire Leaving Care Service

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]For National Care Leavers’ Week 2017, Lancashire’s Leaving Care Service are hosting the “Sincerely, You” exhibition.

This will be a collection of letters written by care leavers to their younger selves. The purpose of the exhibit is to provide an insight into the lived experiences of children in care.

Come along and support the exhibition. “Sincerely, You” will be displayed at the follow venues: [/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”26th October to 5th November 2017: The Harris Museum, Preston” color=”warning” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.onestopsocial.co.uk%2Ftraining-events%2Fevents-card%2F%3FdID%3D1373%26title%3DSincerely%2C%2520You%2520%7C%2520National%2520Care%2520Leavers%2520Event%2520%7C%2520Lancashire%2520Leaving%2520Care%2520Service||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”][vc_btn title=”7th November to 14th November 2017: Lancaster Library” color=”warning” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.onestopsocial.co.uk%2Ftraining-events%2Fevents-card%2F%3FdID%3D1374%26title%3DSincerely%2C%2520You%2520%7C%2520National%2520Care%2520Leavers%2520Event%2520%7C%2520Lancashire%2520Leaving%2520Care%2520Service||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”][vc_btn title=”15th November to 26th November 2017: E-Rooms, Skelmersdale” color=”warning” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.onestopsocial.co.uk%2Ftraining-events%2Fevents-card%2F%3FdID%3D1375%26title%3DSincerely%2C%2520You%2520%7C%2520National%2520Care%2520Leavers%2520Event%2520%7C%2520Lancashire%2520Leaving%2520Care%2520Service||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”][vc_btn title=”27th November to 4th December 2017: The Whittaker, Rossendale” color=”warning” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.onestopsocial.co.uk%2Ftraining-events%2Fevents-card%2F%3FdID%3D1376%26title%3DSincerely%2C%2520You%2520%7C%2520National%2520Care%2520Leavers%2520Event%2520%7C%2520Lancashire%2520Leaving%2520Care%2520Service||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”][vc_column_text]

Relevant Blog: Don’t Let Your Past Define Your Future: A Care Leaver’s Story & Advice

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Care Leavers advice and guidance

What advice would you give to anyone that is going through or has been through the Care System?  

“Don’t let you past define your future. Life is a journey and you are the master of your destiny. Yes, you will need help along the way, but the great thing about the future is that it’s not happened yet. Also, surround yourself with a positive support network. For me this was my Aunty. My brother and I were lucky to have such great support. My Aunty taught me right from wrong and I have a very special relationship with her now.”

What advice would you give Social Workers? 

“It’s all about the Child – please, never lose sight of this! My Social Worker was amazing and that’s because she was all about my brother and I. We felt central to what was going on around us. Also, make those that are in the care system, feel like they’re not in care and talk at a level so as it can be understood by them.”

What advice would you give to any Foster Carers?

“It’s not about the money. Foster Care is a difficult job and, yes, you should receive payment for it. But remember the best foster carers are those that go above and beyond to help others at their time in need. Also, you need to have patience. It won’t happen overnight and often there will be challenges and difficulties along the way. You need to be their rock!”

What would be you message to anyone reading this?

“Everyone is on a journey in this life. Some bad paths and some good paths, but it’s your choice which path you take. Things can get hard and things can be amazing but that’s life – it’s all about the ups and downs and how you deal with them. In other words, don’t let your past define your future. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the support I received especially from my Aunty.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Raising awareness: Insight into mental health & suicide in young people January Conference 2018

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Raising awareness and an insight to mental health and suicide in young people January Conference 2018. 

You are invited to join New Start and the team at our January 2018 conference.

Mental Health and wellbeing has been the most talked about topic for years, yet over the last few years, we have seen an increase of suicide in the young. The conference promises to deliver a powerful, thought provoking and at times, an emotional journey into the lives of people’s own personal tragedy. New Starts conference will offer delegates the opportunity to network and also to gain knowledge and understanding around Mental Health.

When: 26th January 2018 (full day)

Venue: Ribby Hall, Preston

Cost: £85

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Please see below details of the full agenda

The Geese Theatre Company

The Geese Theatre Company will create an astounding performance through real life stories provided to them from local schools around the painful yet real stories of teenage suicide, mental health, depression and how support is offered within schools.

The Geese Theatre Company creates interactive performances for local, national and international conferences and training events and will be presenting a dynamic performance exploring attachment and the impact that addiction, mental ill health and deprivation can have on the presenting behaviour of young people in our schools.  The performance will be interactive, provoking discussion and debate, and delegates will have an opportunity to discuss professional responses and solutions.

Geese Theatre Company is a team of internationally renowned BAFTA and Butler Trust Award winning theatre practitioners working with socially excluded and marginalised groups such as offenders, young people at risk, patients in mental health settings, and professionals who work with these client groups.

“I don’t believe any other method of delivery could have achieved the impact that it had. I will definitely be using Geese Theatre Company again.”  Learning & Development Advisor; Carmarthenshire County Council.

“It was brilliant! It was seamless, interactive, engaging and so professional the audience members thought the actors had worked as key workers – their knowledge came across as being very strong. You stole the show!”  DWP Jobcentre Plus Partnership Manager

Doherty’s Destiny

A brave and wonderful Mother tells the harrowing story of how her beautiful, talented and popular son was introduced to people who made him feel he didn’t belong in society and how it took just ten weeks for him to fall in to depression, bullying, threats and how the only way he saw out was suicide.  She will talk about whom he was and his amazing achievements, how proud she was of him and the impact his death has had on the family and their life.

Adult Mental Health Services and the Harbour

Dr Hoy is a Consultant Psychologist who works at the Harbour and has a specialist interest in personality disorder. Helen Scott is a Registered Mental Nurse and Registered General Nurse who manages the services at the Harbour, a 154 bedded mental Health hospital in Blackpool.   The presentation will give an overview of the structure of adult and older adult mental health services. The different kinds of mental health presentation will be discussed. This will include various types of therapeutic intervention offered at different levels of care. There will also be an overview of the facilities at the Harbour. This will be followed by a question and answer session.

Ellen Hendey

‘As a full time teacher, there is always a lot of pressure to always perform, reach targets, teach to the best of your ability and have a life outside teaching. To be phoned up out of the blue during a rare free lesson to be told that your best friend has committed suicide makes the world just stop.’ Ellen will be speaking about the impact of suicide both on a personal and professional level and will also give an insight into what it is really like to live and work through such a tragedy.

Pauline Howard

An ex Senior Police Hostage negotiator and suicide intervention lead for the North West region.

‘Having attended too many suicide attempts and sadly suicides themselves and witnessing the impact on individuals, families, carers and professionals often unprepared emotionally, this took me to the next phase in my career as a counsellor.’

Pauline will share her experience of her time in the Police as a Senior Hostage Negotiator and the impact this had on both professionals in her team and also the families she worked with. She will also discuss the importance of post incident debriefing after any critical incident and the emotional impact this has.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Book Now” color=”warning” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.onestopsocial.co.uk%2Ftraining-events%2Fevents-card%2F%3FdID%3D1343%26title%3DRaising%2520awareness%2520and%2520insight%2520of%2520suicide%2520in%2520young%2520people||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”][vc_column_text]

About New Start

At New Start we contribute to the health and well-being of communities by providing the tools and strategies to foster resilience. We support schools through the provision of a personalised, tailored approach that holistically fits the schools context and ethos.

Our team of counsellors are highly qualified and skilled to support children, young people and adults around many issues and concerns, some of which include;

  • Self harm
  • Significant loss (including divorce and separation)
  • Low self esteem
  • Physical and sexual abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Vulnerable children and young people
  • Anger
  • Specialist support for looked after children

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers join One Stop Social

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers have join One Stop Social. Jessica Kingsley Publishers is a wholly independent company, committed to publishing books that make a difference.

The company was founded in 1987 in London by Jessica Kingsley and has grown since then to now publish over 250 books a year, which are available throughout the world. In 2004 they opened their US office, in Philadelphia. They publish books for professionals and general readers in a range of subjects. They are well known for their long established lists on the autism spectrum, social work, and arts therapies. More recently they have published extensively in the fields of mental health, counselling, palliative care and practical theology. They have a range of graphic novels across these subject areas, and books for children, on issues including bereavement, depression and anger.

In 2006 a new imprint, Singing Dragon, was born.

In 2016 JKP was named Independent Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards.

Featured Publications 

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Social Care Tips | Guide To Writing Effective Case Note Contacts

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Social Care Tips: Throughout my career, there has always been confusion or conflicting information on how social care practitioners should write up a case note contact with a Service User.

I cannot underestimate the value or importance of completing case note contacts – particularly given my involvement in an inquest whereby 300 contacts were made available for cross-examination. Whilst this did not stop a serious incident occurring, as a practitioner, I felt ‘protected’ because I had evidenced my involvement and the work I had undertaken.

However, do not confuse the need to complete case note contacts for defensive reasons. Moreover, they should be used to make defensible decision making. What I mean by this is highlighting the work undertaken linking it to assessment, planning and subsequent intervention delivery. This though is on the proviso that it is done correctly, with the emphasis on the quality of the content and not on providing reams of descriptive and irrelevant information. Remember, contacts should be SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.

As such, I have created a 7 step guide to assist social care professionals in completing a case note contact and what should constitute as ‘good’ or sufficient standard. Remember, its not about the tail wagging the dog, it is about making defensible decision making!

You can use each step as a heading to assist.

1) Attendees

Evidence and write down who attended plus contact details, if applicable. e.g. young person and parent/carer or multi-agency professionals.

2) Where did the contact take place/time of session

This is important. It should be noted here that any good social care practitioner worth their salt should undertake and complete at least one session within the home setting per month (minimum). Sometimes this must be carried out weekly, depending on nature of service involvement. If the intervention will focus on ‘home circumstances’, then completing this in the home environment will not be conducive to the needs of those involved. Use professionals judgement throughout.

3) Purpose of the session linked to intervention

Identify what you want to achieve and highlight the purpose and aim of the session. Make sure that the proposed intervention is linked to an up to date assessment and care plan (or intervention plan).You also want to detail here specifically what evidence-based interventions you are using and link relevant theory to justify the work which is linked to the needs of those involved; such as age, learning diversity/needs, gender, religion etc.

4) Brief description of what took place

Evidence here how you have ‘checked in’ and how they presented and engaged with you throughout the session. You can do this by paraphrasing the work undertaken.

5) Identify any risks to self and/or others

Identify any heightened risks or vulnerabilities of those receiving the support. This could be as a result of the session or issues that are on-going. Here be sure to include emotional, safety and well-being presentation. Also, identify and include any external professionals involved in addressing risks/safeguarding concerns.

6) Actions

Detail anything you need to do following the session that promotes ‘short’ and/or ‘long’ terms changes for those receiving support. Remember, focus on where we want to go and work backwards in identifying what needs to be achieved. Identify if you need to seek guidance from management support following the session.

7) Next arranged session

This allows evidence to detail that you have pre-arranged the next session. If you can, detail here what the next session will focus on. But remember, intervention delivery must be linked to what has been highlighted within the assessment and planning stages.

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Social Work Tip | Making the most of your student social work placement

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As an experienced Social Worker and Practice Educator, I have recently been approached by a number of Student Social Workers all seeking some form of advice and guidance relating to their Social Work Placements. Whether first or final year placements, there is often confusion in relation to what Students should be undertaking and in what setting/sector. Ambiguous phrases such as the need to complete ‘statutory work’ from universities can lead to a misrepresentation of the PCF requirements. This can create considerable and unwarranted anxiety.

What makes a good placement?

It is right that Social Work Placements are an essential part of any budding Social Worker. A good placement is about demonstrating your ability. It should give you the opportunity to link theory, legislation, policies and guidance developed during the academic stages to front-line work. Placements should be about bridging learning with real life front-line experiences. This promotes the development of critical reflection, thinking and analysis. It is about developing your core values, ethics and skills – the key foundations of any good Social Worker.

Charity, Third Sector & Private Organisations Vs Local Authority

Throughout my career, there has always been a misconception of the need for Student Social Workers to have at least one placement within a Local Authority (LA). This thinking has come about because of the need to demonstrate their ability to undertake and complete ‘statutory work’.

Now yes, this may vary dependent on which University you go to. However, true Social Work, by its very nature, is ‘statutory work’ no matter what sector or setting you are in. My advice here is don’t get lost in the thought of choosing whether you should go to a Charity, Third Sector or Private Organisation as opposed to a LA. Instead, you must review what core elements of work you will be required to undertake and how these can be met against the PCF (whether first or final placement). For example, ‘Statutory work’ can take many forms. You can contribute to a Section 47 Enquiry (Children’s Act 1989) by co-working with the LA Initial Assessments Team. Likewise, you can co-work with Adult Social Care in the completion of an assessment to identify support for vulnerable adults (section 9 of the Care Act 2014). Even when you are not directly involved with the LA. So, have confidence in your ability to challenge, co-work with external services and use this experience as evidence of how you can and have completed ‘statutory work’.

Identify what support you will receive – including access to qualified Social Workers

You should confirm with the University and identified placement how many qualified Social Workers will be present and available to help offer you support, guidance and development throughout placement. If you have access to an off-site Practice Educator, make sure you are seen minimum of once a fortnight (for at least two hours).

Remember, some LA Services are voluntary and likewise, some Charity, Third Sector and Private Organisations will have access to no qualified Social Workers. Do not lose sight to the fact that placements are about developing good solid Social Work foundations, no matter where you are placed. This can only be achieved if you are supported appropriately. As I say to my Student Social Workers, the most important element is to evidence what you are doing/developed against the PCF requirements.

What to look out for: If you have been identified a placement within a Charity, Third Sector or Private Organisation, ask for and research their core business. This can take the form of a mission statement. E.g. Age UK (Wigan Borough) are active members of the Homelessness Forum. As such, they support housing and care options and are key members in addressing homelessness within their locality. They co-work with LA and support those in undertaking core LA business. Age UK are a registered Charity.

LA experience does not automatically mean it will look better on you CV

There is a common belief that having a LA placement instead of a Charity, Third Sector or Private Organisation placement will look better on your CV. For me, this is inaccurate and does other services a significant injustice. As I have detailed above, placements should be measured against the quality of work undertaken and not in how their business is registered. For example, my first placement was with an Adult’s Disability Service. Now, I went into Social Work to work primarily with young people who offend. However, I saw this placement as an essential learning opportunity for me and I believe it is the reason as to why one of my key strengths in Social Work is communication skills.

What to look out for: During the Practice Learning Agreement, use the PCF to actively discuss what opportunities and core tasks you will undertake. Identify that it will be essential for you to co-work with experienced staff/Social Workers. You can use the PCF to help write your CV following completion of placement.

Demonstrate your transferable skills

As part of my management role in Children’s Services and Youth Offending, I have been involved in the recruitment and retention of a number of Social Workers. In this time, I have conducted countless interviews – ranging from newly qualified to experienced Practitioners.

For me, a Social Work Interviewer should be able to identify transferable skills in a practitioner. They should not just base their decisions solely on previous placement(s)/work experience. For example, some of the best Social Workers I have interviewed and subsequently employed were those that had no relevant front-line experience in the team/role they were applying for. What they were able to do was demonstrate their core transferable skills and how this could be applied to their new role. 

The makeup for any successful team no matter whether you are working with children, young people or vulnerable adults, is in the awareness and understanding that you need a mixture of skill sets. Therefore, when you are completing applications and interviews, you should highlight the skills you have gained/achieved on placement and what transferable skills you can bring to a team. Remember, there is nothing wrong in identifying how you believe, with your skill set, you can improve/strengthen a team.

I hope this has offered some insight into how you should make the most of your placements. I also hope that I have busted a few myths about Social Work Placements. If you would like any further information or advice, please feel free to contact us. 

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Social Work Observation | What makes a good observation?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]What makes a good social work observation? As a Practice Educator of many years, it is safe to say that I have worked with a significant number of student social workers. I have undertaken countless observations and have supported students in their development as social work practitioners. Personally, it is some of the most rewarding work I have delivered/supported.

“What makes a good observation?”

In March, I was asked  “what makes a good observation?”. It is correct that there is no one formula for observations. However, there are certain focus points or key themes that student social workers should incorporate if they are to be assessed (or considered) as “good”. What are they I hear you say? Due to the new intake of student social workers, I have re-issued an easy guide to assist them in the identification and delivery of observations, which has been linked to the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF’s).

The guide includes the following:

  • Use the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) to decide what you should be observed doing!
  • Preparation and planning.
  • Tailor the session to the needs of the Service User.
  • Link intervention delivery to assessment.
  • Demonstrate your listening, communication skills and person centred approach.
  • It won’t go 100% as planned.
  • Don’t lie – It’s ok not to know everything.
  • Observations are for learning.

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Social Care Resources, Training & Courses | One Stop Social | 26th July 2017

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Please see below a link to this weeks Social Care Resources, Training & Courses E-Newsletter.

What’s new?

We’re growing! In the last two weeks alone we’ve had more than 200 listings added to our website. We now have over 700 listings across the UK. Be sure that you use our directories to refer to a social care service, training, course, event or resource.

Features

Resources

  • How To Write A Good Assessment | Guidance
  • 7 Step Guide To Writing Effective Case Note Contacts | Guidance
  • Making It Count In Court | Youth Justice | Guidance
  • Safeguarding Adults Concerns Checklist | Guidance

What’s on – future dates

  • 23rd August: Networking Partnership | Bi-Monthly Meetings | One Stop Social
  • 1st September: Attachment & Disorder | Talking Heads
  • 14th September: Legal Literacy and Safeguarding – Opportunities and Challenges | UCLan
  • 18th September: Personality Disorder | Talking Heads
  • 19th September: Leadership in Challenging Times for Social Work and Social Care Services | UCLan NEW
  • 28th September: Mental Capacity Act (2005): A Refresher NEW
  • 28th September: Safeguarding Adults, MCA and DoLS Refresher NEW

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Three New Practitioners Join One Stop Social

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We are very pleased, (and excited!), to announce that three new practitioners have joined the One Stop Social Family! They are based across the UK and are all already proving to be a huge hit with us here at One Stop Social!

In the coming weeks, Natalie, Danielle and Sarah will be joined by several more Experienced Practitioners, so watch this space!

With over 50 Professionals expressing an interest in working with One Stop Social, our current compliment of bloggers, and judging by the excellent feedback we are getting, we appear to be hitting the right markers with what Social Workers and Care Professionals are looking for.

Meet the new members of the Team!

Natalie Jones

Originally from South Wales, Natalie began a career working in administration in Local Government for several years before leaving to study for an art degree.  On  completion of her Art Degree, and with her continued interest in Art and its therapeutic qualities, Natalie developed and ran a number of creative workshops, which supported adults with substance misuse and mental health issues.  Natalie also has relevant experience in working with adults with learning disabilities and is soon to be a Registered Social Worker with a MSc in Social Work, which she will receive in London.

Danielle Mathias

Danielle is a 2nd year Social Work Student (BA Hons) with a Passion for Palliative Care within Social Work. She is due to begin her 3rd year this September. With over 10 years of experience working within the Adult Social Care Sector, including hospitals, care homes and within the community, during which time Danielle completed National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ’s) Level 2 and 3 in Health and Social Care. Her aim for joining One Stop Social is to provide information on as many services as possible in one location, (a ‘one stop shop’), for Social Work and Care Professionals that is user friendly and accessible to all. Danielle also hopes that such knowledge will assist in her professional development as a Social Worker so that she will be able to provide effective services/delivery to those who need support.

Sarah Newell

Sarah recently joined the One Stop Social family in July 2017. Sarah will be commencing a Master’s Degree in Social Work this September after having successfully completed a BA Hons Degree in Health and Applied Social Studies. Over the years, Sarah has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience, in a variety of paid employment, volunteering roles and further education, ranging from Advocacy, working alongside Lancashire Constabulary, Outreach with Street Sex Workers, Youth Offending Team work, Volunteer Recovery Support Worker in the alcohol and substance misuse field, and at a Pupil Referral Unit. We have no doubt that Sarah’s excellent and extensive knowledge base will be a huge asset to any front-line practitioner, (or the general public), when using One Stop Social’s website to search, find and refer to locally based services.

Matt Hughes, Social Worker & Director for One Stop Social, had this to say:

“I am very pleased that we have managed to add Danielle, Sarah and Natalie to our ever growing Team. They all come with excellent skills, knowledge and relevant front-line experience, which, as most of you that follow us will know, is something that is very important to us. I have no doubt that they will excel – in fact that are already creating positive waves with us here at One Stop Social! By joining us we hope that they can share their expertise and knowledge base with others, and in return we also hope it provides them with the opportunity to develop their own practice, which I know is something of significant importance to us and them.” [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]