What does ‘direct work’ in social work really mean?

By Richard Devine, Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset Council

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Recently, I had the privilege of connecting with Vicki from Social Work Sorted.

On her podcast we discussed; social work education and ASYE programmes; ideas and principles for effective direct work with children and families; the difference between direct work and therapy; and, practical examples of using direct work with children and families.

I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with Vicki and appreciated her insightful comments and hearing about her experiences of direct work, as well as the opportunity to share some of my experiences. She was lovely and easy to talk to before and during the podcast. She has an inspiring passion for social work, and her commitment to supporting social workers to bridge the gap between academic learning and practice is impressive.

Drawing upon her wealth of experience, Vicki’s podcast and writing provide accessible, highly engaging, practical and invaluable advice and guidance on issues facing front line practitioners. For example, see this brilliant post on genograms. I could not recommend her work highly enough, and you can check it out here

I would love to know what you think of our podcast discussion and whether you found it helpful?

By Richard Devine (01.07.22)

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Published by Richard Devine's Social Work Practice Blog

My name is Richard Devine. I am a Social Worker in Bath and North East Somerset Council. After I qualified in 2010 I worked in long term Child Protection Teams. Since 2017 I have been undertaking community based parenting assessments. I obtained a Masters in Attachment Studies 2018.

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