All posts by Jessica McEwen

Examining touch in practice: Adult-Child Relationships and the use of Touch in Social Care

With Lisa Warwick

7th February 2017

10am – 12.30pm

(registration at 9.30am)

Room 1.050 Howden House, Union Street, Sheffield, S1 2SH

Master class flyer -feb 7th 2017

This masterclass will draw upon Lisa’s doctoral research and will explore intimacy in professional adult-child relationships with a particular focus on the use of touch in practice.  Drawing upon examples from the research, we will discuss some of the myths, misunderstanding and meaningful uses of touch in practice.

Lisa Warwick is a Qualified Social Worker and Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham, currently working on the ESRC funded project: ‘Organisations, staff support and the dynamics and quality of social work practice: A qualitative longitudinal study of child protection work’.  Her PhD research was an ethnographic study of adult-child relationships and the use of touch in residential child care.

Register your place here  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sytp-masterclass-examining-touch-in-practice-adult-child-relationships-and-the-use-of-touch-in-tickets-30322341941

Password – teaching

Places are free and aimed at experienced practitioners, with a maximum of 12 places for Sheffield staff. The seminar will be interactive and will provide opportunities to consideryour own practice and learning needs. Please ask your manager for permission to attend.

If you experience any problems in accessing the Eventbrite link please email SouthYorkshireTeachingPartnership@sheffield.gov.uk and we will register you.

SYTP Student Admissions Process

Sheffield University’s Admissions Process Working in Collaboration with South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership by Jadwiga Leigh, Admissions Tutor.

It’s been an interesting year working with the South Yorkshire TP from an admissions perspective. It began with a meeting where leads from all the authorities came to the University to talk through our current process and critically analyse its strengths and weaknesses. Some good points were raised that day which helped us reconsider what we were doing and how we could make the assessments more inclusive and interesting. Together with Fiona Addison we invited service users and carers into the University to review the interview questions that were already in place and with their help we updated them, making them more relevant to issues they were facing in today’s current climate.

In addition to revising the interview schedule we also added another activity to the interview day: the group test. Much like speed dating, this exercise involved applicants responding to questions posed by different young people and foster carers in a few minutes before moving on to the next person. Although this element is challenging, we have had positive feedback on it from both applicants and the young people and foster carers involved.

Getting through our admissions process was never easy but this year we have been able to really challenge our applicants and as a department we have been pleased with the students who have got through the interview and been accepted on to the course.

Dr Jad Leigh, Lecturer in Social Work, University of Sheffield

Job opportunity: Director of Children’s Services, Sheffiled

Sheffield is a great city and our Corporate Plan focuses on what makes Sheffield a unique, ambitious and inspiring city. Our challenge is for Sheffield’s children to achieve their potential, be healthy and resilient, and be ready for the next stage of their lives. As part of the City’s commitment to improved outcomes for the children, young people and families we are seeking to appoint an outstanding Service leader who possesses experience, ambition and enthusiasm to drive service quality forward and contribute to the strategic direction of the council.

Reporting to the Executive Director for Children’s services, the Director will lead, manage and shape excellent services which make a real difference to the lives of children, young people and families in Sheffield.

You will be a qualified registered social worker with substantial experience of managing children’s social care and multi- agency services at Director or Assistant Director / Head of Service level. You will have a deep knowledge and understanding of all safeguarding issues and legislation. You will have the desire and the ability to build strong and positive relationships with colleagues and partner agencies across the City.

You will understand and value prevention and early help as part of a whole system of services available to families.  You will know what best practice is and set high child focused standards for the whole service.  You will be resilient, informed, experience and committed to making a difference to the lives of children and families in Sheffield.

Confident, committed and credible, you are likely to be in a similar role or looking to step up to a new challenge. Either way, it’s important that you are self-motivated, proactive and innovative and have exceptional influencing, partnership, communications and project management skills. This is a politically restricted post.

This is a great opportunity to join a high energy and ambitious team with the talent and determination to deliver the councils Corporate Plan for the benefit of all the residents of Sheffield.

We are committed to fairness and social justice and welcome applications from everyone. We value our diverse workforce and aim to work together to make the most of our differences. Under the Two Ticks Scheme, disabled applicants, who meet the essential criteria of this job, are guaranteed an interview.

Application Form and more information

Please complete the Council’s application form, which along with supporting information about the job and Sheffield City Council can be viewed at www.sheffield.gov.uk/jobs.

 

Interviews will be held during the week commencing 13 February 2017

For informal enquiries about the role, please contact Jayne Ludlam, Executive Director, Children, Families and Young People tel. 0114 273 5726

For any queries about the recruitment process, please email HRConnectops@capita.co.uk.

 

 


Evidence Informed Practice Conference – November 2016

Sheffield Children and Families Service holds an annual Evidence informed Practice conference for social workers and their managers.  This year was the 13th successive event.  Over 220 staff attend during the course of the day, and are able to benefit from a choice of 5 evidence informed workshops, visit 14 plus stalls in the market place staffed by local and national organisations (eg CCInform, RIP, Childrens Voices, SYTP, Young Carers, Blackwells Books).

The keynote is always delivered by a well-known social work academic and this year we were delighted to welcome Professor Sue White, the new Professor of Social Work at Sheffield University.

As part of the conference, a video about the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership was shown:

 

 

Children’s Social work reform: January – October 2016

Background/Overview

  • In January 2016  the Government announced a set of proposals to reform children and families social work (Children’s Social Care Reform: A Vision For Change)
  • However, the Government faced criticism for the lack of clarity on how they intended to achieve these aims, which prompted an inquiry into by the House of Commons Education Committee (report published in July 2016).
  • In July 2016 the Government published ‘Putting Children First‘ which outlines how they will deliver their vision for reform
  • In October 2016 a document was published which sets out the Government’s response to the Education Committee’s report

For more information about each of these reports, including links to the full reports, please see here

HCPC – Renewing your registration

Social Workers – the deadline for renewing your HCPC registration is the 30th November 2016. 

If you do not renew your registration and your name is removed from the register, you will be asked to pay a readmission fee of £315 to become registered again.

For more information, please see http://www.hcpc-uk.org/registrants/renew/

Social Work Practice Masterclasses

Social Work Practice Masterclasses

This series of learning events is provided as part of the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership, and is aimed at experienced social workers who would like to develop their knowledge in specific areas. The seminars will provide participants with:

  • Insights into current practice issues and developments
  • Understandings of best practice
  • Review of the recent research and the implications for practice

Places are free and this series is aimed at experienced practitioners, with a maximum of 40 participants per seminar. The seminars will be interactive and will provide opportunities to consider your own practice and learning needs.

Click here for details of our forthcoming Masterclasses

Master class flyer – Nov and Dec 2016 version 2

For details of our previous Masterclass on Effective Court Work see http://www.southyorkshireteachingpartnership.co.uk/social-work-practice-masterclass/