Thriving and surviving in social work

Tuesday 4 November 2014, 10.00AM

This full day event is aimed at recently qualified social workers as well as those who are more experienced or who are managing staff and services.   The day will include;

  • Opportunities for recently qualified social workers to appreciate how research can be used to influence practice and inform policy.
  • Keynote speaker Jemima Burnage; recently appointed as Head of Inspection, Adult Social Care, for the Care Quality Commission, Jemima will talk about her journey from social work student to her current role.  Jemima has continued her academic studies throughout her career, achieving a Post Qualifying Social Work Award, a Post Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Social Work and an MSc in Leadership and Management of Public Services. She has been a NHS Clinical Leadership Fellow and was nominated as a Health Service Journal Rising Star for 2014.
  • Dr. Simon Cauvain, Lecturer in Social Work at the University of York will present his doctoral research into the recruitment and retention of children and family social workers; essential for social workers and their managers alike!
  • A choice of workshops aimed at those working in either children’s or adult social care; Jo Dixon of the University of York will deliver a workshop on “Corporate parenting: Making the difference.” Jo is currently seconded to the young people’s charity Catch22 NCAS as the research manager on this Big Lottery funded study. The study utilises a peer research methodology and is currently one of the largest UK studies of care experienced youth to use a peer research approach. Katie Graham of the University of York will present on “A question of specialism? Adult safeguarding and models of social work practice in England”. 
  • A full afternoon workshop on secondary trauma and resilience in social work delivered by Lori Goossen. Lori is a Canadian-born, American-trained social worker, who has practised social work in Canada, the US, and the UK. She is currently the Organisational Development Consultant for Children’s Social Work Development in the London Borough of Bexley. Her areas of interest include: child protection, practice education, compassion fatigue/ secondary trauma in helping professionals, and mentoring/training/development of social workers. Through this workshop delegates will gain an understanding of how to recognise the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue in yourself and your staff; recognising and identifying impact on the organisation and the service user; self-care and working protectively; action planning for your future wellbeing.  This workshop is appropriate for both recently qualified social workers and their managers.

For Continuous Professional Development purposes we map our seminars against The College of Social Work's Professional Capabilities Framework and The Health and Care Professionals Council Standards of Proficiency.

You may therefore find this document helpful for your CPD recording.

For subscribing organisations this is a Children's Services and Adult Services event.

For others there is a fee of £95.

Bursaries are available for students and for staff and volunteers from voluntary and community groups and charities; please ask for details.

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Location: Priory Street Centre, York, YO1 6ET