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THE BRITISH BETRAYAL OF CHILDHOOD – WHAT SHOULD WE DO ABOUT IT?

THE BRITISH BETRAYAL OF CHILDHOOD – WHAT SHOULD WE DO ABOUT IT? AN ACTION-CENTRED CONVERSATION WITH PROFESSOR SIR AL AYNSLEY GREEN

Wednesday 17 October 2018, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Conference Room, ICOSS, The University of Sheffield, 219 Portobello, Sheffield, S1 4DP

You are invited to attend the first of our annual social work lectures, a series of lectures focused on current issues of direct relevance to social work policy and practice. Our first lecture will be delivered by Professor Sir Al Aynsley Green, the first Children’s Commissioner for England and now a leading commentator on children’s rights and experiences.

Sir Al Aynsley-Green has over 40 years of experience working with governments and organisations worldwide on children and childhood today. He was the first National Clinical Director for Children in government, the first Children’s Commissioner for England and President of the British Medical Association. He is now Professor Emeritus of Child Health, University College London and Visiting Professor of Advocacy for Children and Childhood at Nottingham Trent University, UK. He will base his challenging lecture on his new book ‘The British Betrayal of Childhood’ that distils his experiences of working with and for children. He celebrates what’s good about their lives today, but pulls no punches on what isn’t whilst offering positive solutions that could give children the childhood they need and deserve. The lecture will be interactive and ‘action-centred’ to identify steps that can be taken locally and nationally to make real the fact that children are our future as well as being citizens today.

The lecture will be chaired by Professor Sue White, Professor of Social Work in the Department of Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield.

The lecture will begin at 4pm and will be followed by a drinks reception.

For further information or to book a place visit  eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-first-annual-social-work-lecture-with-professor-sir-al-aynsley-green-tickets-49933482390

 

South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership Awards

SYTP Awards – winners announced

The South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership awards are about recognising and rewarding the contributions of our social workers  and managers, and the impact that they have on the lives of children, young people, families and vulnerable adults.

Winners were announced at the SYTP Celebration and Innovation event on 24th September 2018, which was held at Sheffield Town Hall. 

Category      Winner Runner up
Social Worker of the Year Joanne Hacking (Rotherham MBC) Kelly Bestford (Sheffield City Council)
Practice Educator of the Year Lauren Hill (Doncaster CST) Fiona Ross (Sheffield City Council)
Team Manager of the Year Gillian Hallas (Sheffield City Council) Rachel Townsley (Rotherham MBC)
Newly Qualified Social Worker of the Year Megan Robinson (Barnsley MBC) Jay Barker (Sheffield City Council)
Social Work Student of the Year Holly McIntosh (Sheffield Hallam University) Ester Melnikov (University of Sheffield)

If you have any further questions about the SYTP awards, please contact jessica.mcewen@sheffield.gov.uk

Free conference: ‘Tackling the Care Crisis – Families Driving Reform’

A free one day conference from Your Family Your Voice Alliance

29th October 2018, St Mary’s Church and Conference Centre, Bramall Lane, Sheffield

The number of children in the care system is at the highest level since 1985. There is a common agreement across the social care and family justice sector that the system is in crisis. This conference will explore ways that families can be central to safely addressing this and achieving a fairer, more just child welfare system.

For further details and to book your place, please see http://www.frg.org.uk/training-and-events/events/a-your-family-your-voice-alliance-conference-tackling-the-care-crisis-families-driving-reform

Workforce Development Contacts

To book a place on any of our CPD modules or courses, please discuss the CPD opportunity you are interested in with your line manager during supervision/appraisal. If your manager agrees to nominate you for a module/course, and you are available to attend all dates for that module, they will need to contact your authority’s Workforce Development contact (see below) to put your name forward for the module.

Workforce Development contacts

Sheffield children'sLucy SmailesLucy.Smailes@sheffield.gov.uk
Sheffield adults'Marjorie FeeMarjorie.Fee@Sheffield.gov.uk
Doncaster Children's Services TrustYvette CottonYvette.Cotton@dcstrust.co.uk
Doncaster adults'Sharon WhiteSharon.White2@doncaster.gov.uk
Barnsley children's and adults'Sue PriceSusanPrice2@barnsley.gov.uk
Lincolnshire children'sLisa TaylorLisaX.Taylor@lincolnshire.gov.uk
Rotherham adults'Nigel MitchellNigel.Mitchell@rotherham.gov.uk

Rotherham children'sLee DurrantLee.Durrant@rotherham.gov.uk

 

If you are offered a place on a module or course, you will need to complete the university’s application and registration processes. For details about registering for a course/module, please see http://www.southyorkshireteachingpartnership.co.uk/cpd-application-and-registration-processes/

SYTP is delivery partner for new Practice Supervisor Development Programme

The Department for Education are launching a national Practice Supervisor Development Programme (PSDP). This programme will be for those social workers taking up their first role in which they are responsible for supporting and developing the practice of others.

Research in Practice will be responsible for running this new programme working with a number of local delivery partners including the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership, drawing on the expertise of several highly respected organisations including Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, University of Sussex and Goldsmith’s University of London.

This programme will have a strong focus on embedding key knowledge and skills, including those set out in the knowledge and skills statement for practice supervisors. It will focus on key aspects of management and leadership, and equipping participants with the confidence to lead their teams, manage practitioner workloads and wellbeing and develop practitioners’ own knowledge, skills and confidence.

The programme will also have a focus on embedding learning within organisations. Extensive engagement with the sector will inform the final programme design. We expect the programme to reach approximately 700 newly promoted practice supervisors over the next two years.

South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership recruited two training facilitators in the summer and they are Gordon Jelley (Rotherham Local Authority) and Kerry Byrne (Rotherham Local Authority).  The Training Facilitator Team also includes Simon Howard (Sheffield), Dave Bosworth (University of Sheffield) and Lynda Hughes (University of Sheffield) who have also been involved with the design of the programme.

 

CPD: Frequently asked questions

Please note that the information on this page relates to  CPD modules/courses which are accredited by the University of Sheffield or Sheffield Hallam University.

Where will the modules/courses be held?  

    • Modules/courses relating to children and families,  Leadership and Mentoring,  PgCert and Adult Social Worker in the Court will be held at the University of Sheffield . Exact locations will be confirmed once you are registered onto a course
    • Modules/courses relating to adult social workers will be held at Sheffield Hallam University.  Exact locations will be confirmed once you are registered onto the course
    • Practice Educator modules are not yet confirmed, but please note that these may be held at a location within South Yorkshire but outside of Sheffield.

How much does a module/course cost?   

    • The majority of modules cost £500/£585 per student for 15 credits and £1000 per student for 30 credits. The PG Cert in Leadership and Management costs £3000 per student. If you are nominated for a module then these costs will be covered by your employer as part of their commitment to your continuing professional development.
    • Please note that if you discontinue a module/course without good reason, or fail to show satisfactory attendance, then you may be required to repay some or all of these costs. Please see the SYTP Learning Contract, for more information
    • There may be an opportunity for some students to self-fund places on modules where they are not selected for a funded place. Please see below for more information.

What happens if I am registered on a module/course but can no longer attend?  

    • The module dates are set out in the CPD brochure (contact southyorkshireteachingpartnership@sheffield.gov.uk for a copy). Please ensure that you are free to attend ALL course dates before applying for a place on a module.
    • If once you have applied/registered, something comes up and you can no longer attend, you must let both the University and your Workforce Development contact know as soon as possible. Please note that you may be required to repay some or all of the fees, expenses and other costs associated with the Learning Activity if you discontinue the course without sufficient good reason.
  • What happens if I miss lectures?  
    • Please ensure that you are free to attend ALL course dates before applying for a place on a module.
    • Please note that you may be required to repay some or all of the fees, expenses and other costs associated with the Learning Activity if you fail to show satisfactory attendance.
  • What happens if I am not selected for a place on a module/course?  
    • If you are not selected for a place on a module or course, then there may be an opportunity for you to self-fund a place via salary sacrifice. Please note that this option may not be available in some areas, and will not be available if a module or course is full.
    • Please contact your HR Department or Workforce Development contact for more information.

Do I need to be a registered social worker? 

    • Yes, you need to be a registered social worker for all modules and courses, with the exception of the PG Cert in Leadership and Management which is also open to non-registered managers who meet the entry criteria.

How do I build up my credits to gain a qualification?

  • All CPD modules are accredited and social workers can therefore build up credits towards a range of postgraduate qualifications.
    • For modules delivered by the University of Sheffield qualifications can range from a certificate, diploma or MA in Advanced Professional Practice. Credits remain valid for up to 6 years. Please note that the PG Certificate in Management and Leadership is a stand-alone course, and the credits therefore cannot be used towards a diploma or MA in Advanced Professional Practice
    • For modules delivered by Sheffield Hallam University the qualification will be a Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Adult Social Worker
  • N.b only a very small number of people will be sponsored by the SYTP to undertake the additional modules required for the full MA at the University of Sheffield. There may be an opportunity for some people to self-fund a place on the MA via salary sacrifice. Please note that this option may not be available in some areas, and will not be available if a module or course is full. Please contact your HR Department or Workforce Development lead for more information.
  • N.b. you are not currently able to transfer CPD credits between our two university partners

Will I get study time?  

    • The South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership recognises the importance of independent study time in enabling staff to fully engage with and reflect on learning, and in ensuring that learning is used to develop and improve their practice. In order to ensure that all staff enrolled on these modules receives study time, we have therefore agreed to build study time into the module timetables.
    • For instance, a module might include half a day of self-directed learning in its timetable. The amount of learning time varies per module depending on the format of the module and the number of module credits.

Are the modules open to everyone?

 

CPD application and registration processes

Please note that the information on this page relates to applying and registering for CPD modules/courses which are accredited by the University of Sheffield or Sheffield Hallam University.

How do I apply for study for a module?

We will advertise the number of places offered and will invite you to register your interest with your Workforce Development Contact. Should there be more interest than places then there will be a selection process.

If you have been offered a place on a module, then the process for taking up your place is as follows:

Please note – all steps must be completed before you can start on the module.

  1. You will receive an electronic copy of the SYTP Learning Contract . Please complete it asap and return it to either  a.f.clark@sheffield.ac.uk for University of Sheffield (UoS) modules or l.smailes@shu.ac.uk for Sheffield Hallam University modules (SHU). Please note that it is expected that you will meet with your line manager and PSW or workforce development lead to complete the Learning Agreement.
  2. You will receive an email with links to either an online application form for UoS modules or a partially completed application form for SHU modules, and instructions for completion. You should only apply for the module you have been nominated for. NB For UoS you will need your HCPC registration number to hand when completing the application form. Once you have completed the  application you will receive a confirmation e-mail that your application has been submitted.
  3. UoS admissions will then send you an e-mail giving information about your offer and advising you that you will receive a further email providing instructions on how to register online to join the University and set up your student account. The registration form takes you through several steps all of which must be completed. SHU admissions team will send you an offer email which you will need to reply to.
  4. SHU enrolment team will then send an email about a month before your module starts:  August for September module; October for November module; January for February module and March for April module, with instructions on how to set up your email account and also an online registration form which you must complete.

Once you have registered you will be issued with your Ucard, have access to University facilities and be set up for the award of your credits.

Remember – both the application form and registration tasks must be completed, and the learning agreement form completed and returned, before you can take up your place on the module.

The role of the social worker in adoption: ethics and human rights

Date: Tuesday 5 June,

Time: 4.00pm-6.00pm

Location: Heritage Quay Group Space University of Huddersfield

In 2016 the British Association of Social Work (BASW) commissioned an Enquiry into: the role of the social worker in adoption: ethics and human rights. The report explores the views of those impacted by, or working in adoption, on policies and practicesacross the UK.

We are delighted to announce the Yorkshire launch of the Enquiry Report where the authors Professors Brid Featherstone and Anna Gupta will highlight the key messages.

The event will be chaired by Steve Walker, Director of Children’s Service, Leeds Children’s Services. A panel of speakers including birth parents, adoptive parents, adopted people and social workers will offer their views on how the Enquiry’s messages should be taken forward.

This event is particularly aimed at social workers and managers. This may also be of interest to all those involved in or impacted by adoption.

Numbers are limited so book your place as early as possible by visiting http://hud.ac/eeq

 

Vacancy: Lecturer in Social Work

Job Reference Number: UOS019008

Faculty: Social Sciences

Department: Department of Sociological Studies

Salary: Grade 8

£39,992 to £47,722 per annum, with potential to progress to £53,691 through sustained exceptional contribution

Closing Date: 21st May 2018

Are you interested in working for a world top 100 University?

The Department of Sociological Studies has a major international reputation for excellence in research and teaching across Sociology, Social Policy, Social Work and more recently Digital Media, achieving high levels of cross-fertilisation between these disciplines. It is committed to understanding society and social change, and to research and teaching that improves people’s lives, especially those of the most vulnerable. We are proud to be one of the top social science research departments in the UK, with a long history of high profile contributions to theory, policy and practice.

The successful candidate will play a key role in contributing to the Department’s portfolio by maintaining our high standards of teaching and running modules across both years of the MA Social Work programme, these can include modules on professional practice, the law, theory for practice and specialised modules in children or adult social work.

You will have a PhD in relevant discipline, have a proven teaching ability with a growing record of quality research publications. Experience of teaching in the subject area, ideally at both undergraduate and postgraduate level is essential. You will be expected to represent the Department in the wider University and promote and represent the University and the discipline nationally and internationally.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles from across the world, whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research,teaching and student experience.

Further details can be found at: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/jobs