I’m a social worker. Things need to change, but please not another review.

This post was submitted by user LilyTrent to Guardian Witness under the question “Should there be changes to children’s services in the UK?” We thought what she had to say was so important that we wanted to share it here.

As an experienced frontline practitioner I have tried to master, what now seems to me, the impossible task of providing a service that I know I should provide. I set high standards for myself in terms of the relationships I want to build with children and young people. Continue reading I’m a social worker. Things need to change, but please not another review.

A fair advantage?

Networks, old boys clubs, nepotism, looking after your own, the family……. These are a variety of terms used to describe using connections to gain something. Something like insight, information or a favour, usually in relation to a job you have your eye on. Continue reading A fair advantage?

Can we train people to be relational? Yes, but that’s not the point.

Every now and again, the debate of whether it’s possible to train frontline workers (most recently nurses) to act with more compassion in the line of duty pops up again. We understand that building relationships with the people they serve is an important part of their job, but we can’t understand why there seem to be such obvious and consistent failures to connect. Is the ability to work relationally something you either have or you don’t? Continue reading Can we train people to be relational? Yes, but that’s not the point.