By Richard Devine (05.06.20) Introduction: Featherstone et al (2018) published this book just under 2 years ago. In my opinion, it constitutes one of the most important social work texts of the decade. The ideas presented in the book seem more relevant and applicable now than ever, and I think should be at the forefrontContinue reading “Book Review: Protecting Children: A Social Model by Brid Featherstone, Anna Gupta, Kate Morris and Sue White (2018)”
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Book Review; Erving Goffman’s Presentation of Self in Everyday Life
By Richard Devine (22.05.2020) Introduction Erving Goffman’s 1956 book, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life is considered one of the most important sociological texts of the twentieth century. His work is often a staple part of the social work curriculum. Goffman invokes language and imagery derived from theatre. This functions as an effective analogyContinue reading “Book Review; Erving Goffman’s Presentation of Self in Everyday Life”
Why we don’t talk to children?
A guest blog from Andy Black, a Social Worker in the Child in Care Team at Bath and North East Somerset Council (08.05.20). Introduction: I wanted to write this blog as the question of why we don’t talk to children is something that has consistently arisen within my own practice. After almost two years workingContinue reading “Why we don’t talk to children?”
Child protection practice in an evolving era
Leigh Zywek (an outstanding leader), Elliot @eldav10 and I, have written a short piece titled, ‘Child Protection Practice in an Evolving Era’, drawing upon the incisive @NoraBateson. Our modest contribution to an excellent and diverse collection of articles; https://sw2020covid19.group.shef.ac.uk/2020/04/24/child-protection-practice-in-an-evolving-era/
A summary on the ‘WHY’ of writing a chronology
The most important part of writing a chronology is understanding WHY we complete them. Often in Social Work, the ‘HOW’ is underpinned by the ‘WHY. There are many reasons to complete a chronology but here are five of the main reasons: To understand Children Social Care involvement with the family or child thus far. YouContinue reading “A summary on the ‘WHY’ of writing a chronology”
5 Tips for Social Workers Working at Home
With thanks to Yari Chi for this picture; a colleague from BANES
Social Work and Relationships: the illusion of separateness
By Richard Devine (13.03.2020) I was reading a brilliant blog by Ruth Scotten (https://twitter.com/mummytiger1) from ‘Mummy Tiger Blogs’ on ‘Building connections not barriers in social work’ (https://mummytigerblogs.com/connecting-in-social-work/). In this blog Ruth wrote: It’s the relationships we build, not the boxes we fill in, that sees past the yell from the vulnerable young mum who saysContinue reading “Social Work and Relationships: the illusion of separateness”
The role of ‘Kintsugi’ in contemporary child protection practice.
This was a guest blog I wrote for Rebecca Carr Hopkins and can be found at: