Social Work Application Forms | What you need to know

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Make it easy for the short-Lister

Notice what the organisation or service is asking for within the essential and desirable job description. You will often have clues that you can use, such as using the headings:

  • Relevant experience
  • Achievements
  • Relevant competencies from the person specification
  • Essential experiences
  • Skills

Analyse the person specification and BE CLEAR

“Go through the job and worker descriptions and extract the key criteria they are looking for. When filling in the application form, place each criterion as a heading and use examples from practice to demonstrate how you have met those criteria. It may seem simplistic but if you are explicit that you are suitable for the job role, then an interview is guaranteed.” Source: Guardian.

General Competency questions in Application Forms 

  • Describe a situation when you lead a team/worked in a team
  • Give an example of a time when you dealt with confrontation
  • Describe a situation when you influenced or motivated others
  • Describe a situation when you used initiative
  • Give an example of when you solved a problem
  • Give an example of how you have applied knowledge of legislation in a social work setting.
  • How you would you seek to promote independence for service users
  • Give an example of a time when you acted in an anti-oppressive way.
  • What factors do you consider when making an assessment?
  • What factors do you consider when assessing risk?

If you are completing several application forms at once, as is often the case, you can use the above headings to create a ‘bulk answer’ crib sheet. This will help you evidence your work consistently whilst also reducing chances of you becoming complacent.

Use the STAR approach to help evidence examples

  • S – SITUATION – When, where, with whom (contextualise)
  • T – TASK – Describe the situation or task you want to offer as evidence
  • A – ACTION – What did you do? What was your contribution?  How did you make things happen?
  • R – RESULT – What was the result/outcome? (preferably positive) What did you learn?

Using the above formula will assist in offering structure to your answers, whilst also keeping them SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic & Timely. Be concise and to the point. Have a go: Pick a question and share a STAR example

Personal Statement strategies

Completing the personal statements/specifications section is by far the most difficult task to undertake in any application form. As such, develop strategies to help guide you through this processes. For example:

  • First sentence -make a short STATEMENT summarising how you meet the individual specification from job details.
  • Then provide an EXAMPLE of the claim you have just made.
  • Final sentence – show REFLECTION on the above – what you realise.

Example – Specification requirement – about commitment to promoting Equal Opportunities:

‘I have always tried to ensure in my personal and work life that I am sensitive to and inclusive of the cultures and circumstances of other people. In 2006, I worked as a mentor/facilitator to a group of students on the Aim Higher project to encourage pupils from non-traditional backgrounds to consider university. I designed projects and activities that recognised and focused on the diverse experience within the group to ensure participation. The programme was successful for the pupils and a rewarding learning experience for me. The experience showed me that working together with mutual respect is more productive and rewarding.’

We hope this has offered you with some useful guidance in relation to application form completion. Please feel free to download or save a copy of this. The above information has been used and delivered to Social Work Students, Social Workers and Return Social Workers as well as Care Professionals so as to help increase employment opportunities.[/text][callout type=”style_one” delay=”” delay_duration=”” delay_offset=”” title=”We have also completed the following guidance” message=”Further resources to help you land that perfect job” title_color=”” text_color=”” bg_image=”” href=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][button text=”10 Steps from Job Application to Job Interview” type=”” color_class=”” lightbox=”” delay=”” delay_duration=”” delay_offset=”” href=”https://www.onestopsocial.co.uk/10-steps-from-job-application-to-job-interview-one-stop-social/” title=”” popup_content=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][clear by=”10px” id=”” class=””][button text=”Social Work Interview Questions: What you need to know” type=”” color_class=”” lightbox=”” delay=”” delay_duration=”” delay_offset=”” href=”https://www.onestopsocial.co.uk/social-work-interview-questions-need-know/” title=”” popup_content=”” id=”” class=”” style=”” tutorials=””][/callout][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Student Social Worker Guides, Resources & Recommended Books

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]So, September is just around the corner and for many it will mean the start of your social work career/placement.  

To help all student social workers and ASYE’s, we have put together this page which has a list of our most viewed and downloaded resources and student practitioner support guides. We have also put together a selection of recommended books.

It is free to download and is an excellent ‘starter pack’ for any Student Social Worker. Our advice is to download and save (or print) and keep an individual pack that you can keep adding to. We will continue to add to the list, so make sure you’ve signed up to our E-Bulletin.

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How to make the most of your Student Social Work Placement

Student Placement Top Tips: How to treat your Student Professional

Student Social Work: What makes a good observation?

How to Evidence PCF | Positive Social Work: The Essential Toolkit for NQSWs

Critical Reflection Writing

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Ecomap Template | How to do an ecomap

Genogram Template | How to do a genogram

What’s Your Learning Style?

Social Work: Theories to Inform & Intervene & Models of Assessment

Reflective Log Template | Student Social Workers

Professional Capabilities Framework Evidence Sheet | Student Social Workers

Professional Capabilities Framework Evidence Sheet: End of Second Placement

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Share A New Model for Social Work

The Social Work Portfolio: A Students Guide To Evidencing Your Practice

Evidencing CPD: A Guide to Building your Social Work Portfolio

Report Writing

Practising Critical Reflection: A Resource Handbook

An Introduction To Social Work Practice

Writing Analytical Assessments in Social Work

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Iris Resourcing – Recruitment with integrity.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Iris Resourcing is an unrivalled specialist boutique resourcing partner to the looked after children’s social work sector, with a focus across fostering and adoption: with a focus on permanent recruitment, we work strategically to find the ideal fit, matching experience, skills and aspirations.

We work with:

  • Supervising Social Workers
  • Senior Practitioners
  • Deputy / Team Managers
  • Regional Managers / Directors
  • Quality Assurance Managers
  • Business Development Consultants /Managers
  • Placement Officers
  • Placement Managers
  • Recruitment Officers
  • Administrators

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Key aspects of the Iris service are good old fashioned communication, integrity and honesty, combined with an unrivalled expansive network

We work with:

  • Independent Fostering Agencies
  • Not for profit fostering agencies / organisations
  • Charities
  • Adoption Agencies
  • Local Authorities

Iris Resourcing is a bespoke consultancy with a comprehensive and long standing understanding of the fostering and adoption arena. We take time to get to know the ‘fit’ you or an organisation require, striving to understand your motivators, future goals and aspirations.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”2919″ img_size=”thumbnail ” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_cta h2=”” style=”flat”]For further information around our service, to discuss the fostering / adoption job market and / or discuss any current vacancies, please contact Harriet Connolly on 0121 323 3720 / 07740 773499 / harriet@irisresourcing.co.uk

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Our CV Writing Advice

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”Our CV Writing Advices”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The difference between getting that job offer and receiving yet another rejection could be down to how good (or bad) your CV is; or at least how it appears to be. Hiring managers tend to spend very little time reading through each CV they come across, especially in the social work industry, where managers are busy enough as it is!  For entry level workers, nailing that perfect CV can be a tough challenge. How many pages to use? What information to keep in and what information to cut out? Should you add a picture of yourself?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Based on our experience, there a few things we’ve noticed about CV writing that seem to help get you one step closer to your dream role. Read below to see our advice on what you should be considering before sending your CV out![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Keep It Relevant

The style, content and layout of your CV is always strongly linked to the kind of job you hope to obtain. It is therefore no different when it comes to working with social work. When writing the CV, regardless of the job you apply to, always remember to keep the information as relevant as possible. The experience you got from that last summer internship, great stuff to add. The grades you got in high school however, not that relevant. Things that are usually highly relevant no matter what include

  • Work experience (both paid and unpaid),
  • Higher education achievements (make sure to show you’ve got the required qualifications for the role!)
  • A brief personal statement (who you are and what are your life goals)
  • Your set of skills (speak another language? Know how create websites? Experience managing events? Write it down!)
  • Know your stuff (prove you know what the job entails)

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Ask any individual about how many pages their CV is, and you will never find two people who will completely agree on this. Ideally, recruiters ask for one to two pages of information, and won’t consider reading CVs that exceed three total pages. It might sound like a challenge to add all of your information into one or two pages, but it will ensure your CV is at least looked at and not just directly tossed into the bin.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Emphasise What You’re Good At 

If you’re hoping to obtain a job in social work for example, but are a NQSW with little experience, your best way to impress the hiring manager is to invest in the skills you already have that could be linked to the field, in this case social care. Being good at listening to others for example may sound like a simple and common skill but it turns out to be extremely relevant in certain positions within the sector. Soft skills are greatly in demand, so make sure to carefully analyse what you’re good at and make it visible for the recruiter to see.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Clean, Neat and Organised 

Regardless how important the information you are presenting is, nobody is going to notice if it’s done so in a messy way with a complicated layout. Keeping a nice order and ensuring that minor things such as font size etc are taken care of is quite important. Font sizes should be kept standard, with templates that are easy to read both via the computer screen and in printed form. Don’t try to get too adventurous here, keeping it simple and neat is always the best bet.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It is always possible to obtain guidance and help online. When it comes to social work and care however, specific online platforms like One Stop Social enable for social workers or care professionals at every level to upload their CV and apply for all sorts of positions. To find out more, don’t forget to check our website at www.onestopsocial.co.uk[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Greater Manchester Social Work Academy Collaboration

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As One Stop Social are driven by our commitment to the highest quality of support and development for social work and care professionals across the UK, we know we do things a little bit differently. Our ‘customers’, social media followers and everyone invested in our success are an extended One Stop Social community. And, like any good community, we like to celebrate good news with you when it comes our way. Our recent collaboration is most definitely good news.

We’re so excited to announce that we’ve partnered with the Greater Manchester Social Work Academy (GMSWA)! Don’t know what GMSWA are? That’s what we’re setting about to fix! We’ll be showcasing their Teaching Partnership and helping promote the positive change within the sector.

The GMSWA is a grouping of 3 Higher Education Institutions (Salford University, Manchester Metropolitan and Manchester University) and 10 Local Authorities (Salford, Manchester, Rochdale, Oldham, Bolton, Bury, Tameside, Stockport, Wigan and Trafford) and some private and voluntary sector representatives (PVI’s).

The Academy hopes to offer an integrated, co-ordinated and high-quality response to Social Work training, practice and continuous professional development across Greater Manchester. Our collaboration will be to raise their profile to social work practitioners across the region and nationally, so that more people in the sector know how the GMSWA can facilitate professional development and the fantastic work they’re currently undertaking.

We know this collaboration will help us stay true to our goal of putting you, the social work and care professionals, first – keep an eye out for more news soon!

Are you a final year social work student based in either Salford University, Manchester Metropolitan and Manchester University? Then make sure to register for the Greater Manchester Social Work Academy Careers Fair on 27th April! It’s free to attend and is a chance to network with NQSWs and get some interview advice!

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Are you a final year social work student based in either Salford University, Manchester Metropolitan and Manchester University? Then make sure to register for the Greater Manchester Social Work Academy Careers Fair on 27th April! It’s free to attend and is a chance to network with NQSWs and get some interview advice!

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Resource E-Pack for Children and Young People Practitioners

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This Resource E-Pack for Children & Young People Practitioners offers a list of excellent (free) resources for practitioners working with children and young people. It includes both direct worksheets and guides. 

[/vc_column_text][vc_cta h2=”Generic Worksheets” txt_align=”center”]An introductory guide for CYPS practitioners – Newham London, have created a downloadable work booklet for practitioners that work with children and young people.

Cooking on a budget: Easy pleasy cook bookThis ‘easy pleasy cook book’ has designed by The Children’s Society and Cheshire East Council. It’s an excellent resource to help all young people cook for themselves.

The milk’s in the oven | A booklet about dementia for children and young peopleThis resource has been completed by the Mental Health Foundation. It offer information about dementia for children and young people.

Solution-focused practice: A toolkit for working with children and young peopleThis is an excellent toolkit featuring a number of direct resources and worksheets focusing on Solution-Focused Brief Therapy intervention with Children and Young People.

Child Protection: Consultation with Children ToolkitThis is an excellent practical toolkit that can be used by social workers with children who are subject to the child protection process. It provides a number of practical tools, tips and activities.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Assessing & information gathering” txt_align=”center”]Ecomap Activity Guide

Genogram Template | How to do a genogram

Three Houses Model: Resource for gathering information

My Three Houses App – helps professionals such as children’s services workers, teachers and child counsellors help children to write, draw and speak about worrying things in their life.

How it looks to me: Assessing wishes & feelings worksheets – This workbook has been developed by CAFCASS. It is designed to help social workers assess a child’s wishes and feelings using friendly and interactive worksheets.

Time Line Worksheet | Relationship Building & Information Gathering – A Time Line Worksheet is a good ‘starter for 10’ for working with new services users – whether children, young people or vulnerable adults.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Anger Management” txt_align=”center”]Anger Control | Behavioural CycleThis worksheet offers an insight into anger management and control. It focuses on the behavioural cycle of change to help de-escalate anger.

Anger Wheel of ChoiceThis worksheet is called ‘anger wheel of choice’. It is aimed at children and young people.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”ADHD” txt_align=”center”]Mood Diary | Children with ADHDThis mood diary can help parents, teachers, professionals, doctors and younger children keep track of their progress and identify both problems and successes.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Autism” txt_align=”center”]Autism, my sibling, and meThis activity book is all about you and your sibling with autism! It’s your guide to the ups and downs of being a sibling.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Domestic Violence” txt_align=”center”]Coping with Domestic Abuse: Booklet for children aged 6 to 12This booklet has been created by Barnardos and the Family Support Agency. It has been created to help children and their parents who live with and experience domestic abuse.

Domestic Abuse Awareness Pack WorksheetsThis is a domestic abuse awareness pack to be used by year 10 or year 11 in secondary schools.

Helping Children Who Witness Domestic Violence: A Guide for Parents[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Neglect” txt_align=”center”]Neglect Matters: A guide for young people about neglect[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Relationships” txt_align=”center”]Healthy Relationships | CYPs Direct ResourceThis is an excellent direct workbook resource on Healthy Relationships. It has been designed for children and young people.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Youth Justice” txt_align=”center”]Think Victim | Victim Awareness Worksheets | CYPsThink Victim is a victim empathy workbook designed for children and young people.

Making It Count In Court | Youth JusticeMaking It Count In Court is a good “starter for 10” for any professional or practitioner working within the Youth Justice System in England and Wales.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Guides” txt_align=”center”]Keeping children and young people safe from radicalisation and extremism

Toolkit for working with CYPs trafficked for purpose of criminal exploitation

Assessing Needs of Children and Families: Using Questionnaires and Scales

Supporting parents of sexually exploited young people

Attachment Difficulties: what happens, why and how to handle it

Coping with self-harm | A Guide for Parents and Carers

What to do if your child goes missing: Practical advice for parents and carers booklet

Self-harm awareness resource pack

Child sexual exploitation: Definition and a guide for practitioners

Statutory guidance: Children missing from home or care[/vc_cta][vc_column_text]

Whilst you’re here…

Did you know you can find a job and upload your CV? You can also search, find and refer to the latest social work and care courses and events.

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Student social workers Q&A session with a practice educator

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Recently, we were asked a series of questions from a number of student social workers from across the UK regarding their pending placement. They have been answered by an experienced practice educator (PE).

Why are you a practice educator?

Because I enjoy it! I’ve been a qualified social worker now since 2010 and I can still recall both my PEs. I was lucky in that both were fantastic in their chosen field; my first placement was with a disability service based in Lancaster and my second was with a Youth Offending Team.

Both PE’s promoted me to put into practice what I had learnt during the ‘academic’ stages of the course. I felt confident in my decision making because I was supported as a student.

So, when I became a social worker, I was keen to support students on placement; and it evolved from there. Personally, I really enjoy being a PE. I am passionate about supporting the next generation of social workers. I enjoy and value the enthusiasm they bring to teams. They see things differently and offer new approaches/solutions to working.

I learn a lot from students; such as the latest theories, approaches and research. For me, it’s a two-way process – they learn the skills of social work and I continue to develop my knowledge base.

Can you talk about the stresses of being a practice educator?

Overall, being a PE hasn’t been that stressful, when compared to ‘front-line’ social work. However, it’s an important role and one that I take seriously as it does carry significant responsibilities. So for me, the main stressor is when you are required to fail a student.

A student who is already on placement does not yet have a practice educator and doesn’t know when one will be found. Have you known this to happen before and what should they do?

I have come across it once before in that a PE took ill and so couldn’t start. But this is unusual.

Overall, my advice here would be; what has the placement said and have your sought advice from the Universities? How long have you been on placement? (see point 5 regarding some minimum ‘standards’ for supervision). I would ask for clarity in relation to how your learning needs are going to be met and how is reflective learning going to be promoted without a PE?

A student’s practice educator has told them that they’re going to be ‘hands off’ because they’re busy i.e. very little supervision. How do they figure out what this means before it turns into a problem?

No, I’ve not really experienced this and it is something I would never consider saying to any of my student social workers. Firstly, there’s ambiguity in the language. So, I would ‘nail down’ with the PE, what does ‘hands off’ mean?

As PEs we do have minimum requirements of support. For example, most Universities I work with suggest a minimum of 21 hours of supervision on a 70 days placement. This works out at usually one hour of supervision every week. Now, the specifics of this is somewhat negotiable. For example, I supervise my students once every fortnight for two hours unless they specify weekly sessions.

Is it normal to have a complete crisis of confidence during final placement?

Yes, I think at some stage most student social workers doubt their capabilities as a social worker. So, please don’t think you’re alone here, as placements can feel a little overwhelming on occasions.

But I would ask; what has been/is the trigger for this crisis in confidence? Was/is it practice related? And have you sought advice and guidance from your PE?

In order to move forward, I would suggest reflecting on your journey as a student social worker so far. For example, reflect on when you first started placement and compare it to where you are now in the ‘social work journey’. Do you think your skills have developed? If so, what are they? And what areas would you like to develop further. This will help offer some clarity. You can even compare them to the PCF (final placement). If you can evidence with relevant examples of work you have achieved, then great. If not, try and be more proactive in day to day work tasks.

But remember, as social workers it is impossible to know everything. The key is knowing where to find the information!

 How an off and on site PE works and what are their expectations of the student?

  • Off-site Practice Educator is a qualified and HCPC registered social worker that facilitated via ‘long-arming’
  • On-site Practice Educator is a qualified and HCPC registered social worker that is based within the team you are on placement with.
  • On-site Supervisor is an unqualified worker.

An Off-site Practice Educator is used when there no available On-site Practice Educator. Overall, the expectations are the same in that they complete all supervision sessions (usually 21 hours for 70 day placements), observations and reports.

Is it only appropriate to have peer/group supervision?

In short, no!

Now don’t get me wrong, peer supervision is a great form of learning within social work – I’m a huge advocate of its use. However, it should never be seen as a replacement for one to one supervision. Supervision is personal in that it should focus on three elements; learning and development, support and line management. This can’t be done (or achieved successfully) if sessions are in groups.

Peer supervision should be completed in conjunction with; not instead of!

 

Have a question that you’d like to ask our practice educators?

If so, leave a comment below!

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Find the latest social work and care books, resources, guides and direct workbooks using our directories. You can also search the latest social work training and upcoming events. Search, find and refer today!

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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

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”How to make the most of your Student Social Work Placement” color=”warning” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.onestopsocial.co.uk%2Fsocial-work-social-care-resources%2Fresources-card%2F%3FdID%3D182%26title%3DHow%2520to%2520make%2520the%2520most%2520of%2520your%2520Student%2520Social%2520Work%2520Placement||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”][vc_btn title=”Student Social Work: What makes a good observation?” color=”warning” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.onestopsocial.co.uk%2Fsocial-work-social-care-resources%2Fresources-card%2F%3FdID%3D125%26title%3DStudent%2520Social%2520Work%3A%2520What%2520makes%2520a%2520good%2520observation%3F||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”][vc_btn title=”Social Work: How To Write A Good Assessment” color=”warning” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.onestopsocial.co.uk%2Fsocial-work-social-care-resources%2Fresources-card%2F%3FdID%3D180%26title%3DSocial%2520Work%3A%2520How%2520To%2520Write%2520A%2520Good%2520Assessment%2520%7C%2520One%2520Stop%2520Social||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”][vc_btn title=”Professional Capabilities Framework Evidence Sheet ” color=”warning” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.onestopsocial.co.uk%2Fsocial-work-social-care-resources%2Fresources-card%2F%3FdID%3D110%26title%3DProfessional%2520Capabilities%2520Framework%2520Evidence%2520Sheet%2520%7C%2520Student%2520Social%2520Workers||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”][vc_btn title=”Developing Social Work Reflective Practice Resource” color=”warning” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.onestopsocial.co.uk%2Fsocial-work-social-care-resources%2Fresources-card%2F%3FdID%3D118%26title%3DDeveloping%2520Social%2520Work%2520Reflective%2520Practice%2520Resource||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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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I am a Social Worker Because….

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Yesterday, we were at the Compass Jobs Fair Event in London, and asked practicing Social Workers and Student Social Workers to answer the following: “I am a Social Worker Because…” Here’s some of the excellent responses:

“I want to make a difference”

“I am passionate about making a difference for children and families”

“I wish to build on Service Users quality of Life”

“I wanted to help people access equal opportunities and improve their quality of life”

“To make a difference and do myself out of a job”

“To help those who need it”

“I want to be a palliative Social Worker to promote the importance of psycho-social support in end of life care”

“To support people to make changes that are needed in their well-being”

“I want to make a difference to children’s lives”

“I hate social injustice and love a good fight (to advocate for people)”

“To challenge injustice and understand what leads to peoples experiences”

“I had a difficult childhood, left home at a young age and was helped to overcome difficulties”

“To improve and empower Service Users and change perception of a Social Worker”

“To promote change & Challenge injustice”

“To make impact in someone’s life”

“Make that change”

“I would like to empower people to overcome adversity and promote better life outcomes”

Why did we do this?

As frontline practitioners, we have become increasingly frustrated by the increased negative sensationalisation and narrative of our profession, reported by those who have very limited knowledge of Social Work. As such, we are passionate about advocating and promoting positive social work!

You can see from the responses above; Social Workers join the profession to advocate, support and help make differences to those less fortunate. We are facilitators of change and look to empower and work in partnership with those assessed as in need… whether children, young people or adults. So let us support our practitioners, because, “if you look after your staff, they’ll look after your customers”.

Let us know why you are a Social Worker…?

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