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“She prioritises her own needs above her child’s”

A reflection, by Richard Devine; Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset (19.06.20) (We have vacancies in BANES currently for senior social worker, social worker and deputy team manager) I am cautious in analysing the meaning of words, statements, and phrases in children’s social work. Language is fundamental in shaping and defining our ownContinue reading ““She prioritises her own needs above her child’s””

Book Review: Protecting Children: A Social Model by Brid Featherstone, Anna Gupta, Kate Morris and Sue White (2018)

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)”

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”

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”

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