Category Archives: Masterclasses and events

Experiencing the Social Work World Exhibition

Location: Sheffield
Date: 30 October 2017 – 16 November 2017
Time: 11:00 – 15:00

Media stories of failures in social care have meant that social workers are often vilified in the press and portrayed as ‘fools’ or ‘folk-devils’. As the job they do caring for vulnerable children and adults is confidential, social workers are unable to defend themselves and provide their side of the story. As a result, their voices are missing from any kind of public debate. The reputation and standing of the social work profession has, in turn, deteriorated in recent years and, in a number of different ways, this has affected social workers’ practice and their identity.

The artwork and audio stories that form this exhibition have been created with the hope of providing the public with a different perspective; a more sensitive insight into what social work means to those who do it on a daily basis.

This exhibition is taking place as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science. For more information about the Festival, please see http://www.esrc.ac.uk/public-engagement/festival-of-social-science/ 

Social Policy & Society Annual Lecture

The first Annual Lecture of the Journal Social Policy & Society, sponsored by Cambridge University Press in association with the University of Sheffield Social Policy Research Cluster, will be held in the Diamond LT8 at the University of Sheffield on the 22nd of March from 5-6 pm. Everyone is welcome but registration is essential.

The lecture focuses on ‘troubled families’, the subject of a themed section in the January 2016 issue of Social Policy & Society, and will be delivered by Dr Steven Crossley and  Dr Michael Lambert, the themed section editors. The lecture will be followed by a wine reception in the exhibition space at the same venue from 6 – 7 pm to celebrate the first year of Social Policy & Society under the editorship of Liam Foster and Majella Kilkey at the University of Sheffield.

Information about the lecture, consisting of two presentations, can be found below:

Dr Steven Crossley – Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at Northumbria University

‘Double, double, toil and trouble’: myths, magic and statecraft in the Troubled Families Programme

Given the mysterious, almost perfect, fairy-tale like success of the ‘troubled families’ story, it is appropriate to critically examine the development of the Troubled Families Programme (TFP) by drawing on writing around alchemy, myth, magic and statecraft. This paper draws on Clarke & Newman’s work on ‘the alchemy of austerity’, Cassirer’s writing on ‘political myths’, Bourdieu’s theory of the ‘social magic’ effect of the state and Wacquant’s more recent work on ‘neoliberal statecraft’. The role of the state in the creation of ‘troubled families’ is examined before the attention turns to the performance of ‘troubled families’ via the government’s TFP. The scarcely believable, yet widely acclaimed success, of the TFP is then scrutinized, drawing on the recent publication of the evaluation of the programme. The paper concludes with a discussion of the continuing widespread belief in ‘troubled families’, even amongst practitioners and researchers.

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Dr Michael Lambert – Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Early Childhood Studies at Liverpool Hope University

‘“The dragons’ harvest”? Managing “problem families” in post-war Sheffield, 1945-74.’

Louise Casey (2012, p. 1) in Listening to Troubled Families declared that the Troubled Families Programme (TFP) ‘is an opportunity to not repeat the failed attempts of the past’.  Despite being a history graduate, both her comments and the substance of the TFP represented an uncertain grasp on what ‘the failed attempts of the past’ were.  This paper reconstructs what ‘the failed attempts of the past’ actually were by exploring the management of so-called ‘problem families’ in the post-war period.  The city of Sheffield is used as a case study to explore how ‘problem families’ were defined and managed by a host of social, welfare, health and other services during the ‘golden age’ of the welfare state from 1945 to 1974.  What becomes evident is that neither Casey nor the TFP have heeded or learned from the past, and the persistent underlying ‘problem’ or ‘trouble’ of families is poverty, marginalisation and subjection.

If you are interested in attending the event please register early at https://goo.gl/forms/2N2HHnhYI17YE3A72 to avoid disappointment.

Event for HCPC registrants

Event for HCPC registrants: The State of Regulation: Professional, ethical and personal dilemmas

Wednesday 8 March 2017
12pm – 4pm
Room EG03, School of Law, Bartolome House, University of Sheffield

This symposium will share the findings from a recent study of HCPC regulation and hear the experiences of two registrants who have been through the Fitness to Practise (FtP) Process. The session will consider the professional, ethical and personal dilemmas that emerge when registrants are subject to the current FtP model and also explore a new way of approaching conduct issues in social work practice. This event will be of particular benefit to social workers who have been referred to the HCPC for practice concerns, as well as those who are interested in contributing to the debate on the future of social work regulation.

Speakers will include two ex-registrants who had differing experiences of the HCPC Fitness to Practise process. Dr Jadwiga Leigh will share the findings from a study which was carried out with Dr Ken McLaughlin and Professor Aidan Worsley and explored the experiences of registrants who had been through the Fitness to Practise Process. Dr Richard Kirkham will be the fourth speaker. Richard, a legal ombudsman expert and Senior Lecturer in Law, will discuss a potential new way of working with referrals relating to practice issues and would like to seek feedback from the audience on this idea. The Chair for this event with be Professor Kate Morris.

This symposium is free and lunch is included however, as this is a small event there are limited spaces available (40 in total).

Register your place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-state-of-regulation-professional-ethical-and-personal-dilemmas-tickets-30887334850?utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button

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:

 

 

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/

Speaking our for social work – crossing divides and building relationships

A one day event hosted by Sheffield University in partnership with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and the centre for Social Work Practice. Featuring 3 leading speakers in their field.

Wednesday 6th July 2016 10am to 4pm

University of Sheffield, Richard Roberts Building (building number 116), Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN

Dr Jadwiga Leigh will lead with ‘Crossing the divide between them and us: Drawing from the Belgian model to infoorm and restore balance in child protection social work’.

Dr Sharon Shoesmith will explore ‘Social work – understanding and tackling professional wulnerability’.

Professor Andrew Cooper will complete the morning presentations with “Holding it together despite everything – individual and organisational strategies for difficult times”.

The afternoon will offer 5 workshops run by James Gosling; Jane Laing; Nora McClelland; Professor Kate Morris & Robin Sean and Eva Sisak. Different aspects of working with vulnerable people with a collective theme of relationship based practice will be explored in more detail. Each workshop will run twice.

£45 Non Members

£30 Members/Students

Book Online: http://www.cfswp.org/

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Effective Court Work

Effective Court Work: An Advanced Practice Masterclass for Social Work Managers and Experienced Practitioners With Elizabeth Isaacs QC

13th May 2016

10am – 1pm (registration at 9.45am)

The Garden Room, St Mary’s Church and Conference Centre,

Bramall Lane, Sheffield, S2 4QZ.

This masterclass will focus on supporting best social work practice in court work. Led by a QC, it will be an exceptional opportunity to access highly skilled advice on recent developments and the implications for social work practice. Elizabeth Isaacs QC was called to the Bar in 1998 and took silk in 2013. She practises at St Ives Chambers in Birmingham and is a door tenant at 1 KBW at Atlantic Chambers, Liverpool.

Between 1989 and 1997, she was a child protection social worker practising in Birmingham and Warwickshire. She was appointed as a criminal recorder in 2009 and as a public and private law family recorder in 2012. She is a contributing editor of Clarke, Hall and Morrison on Children, a contributor to the Family Court Practice and has published a number of books on public law children’s work. Elizabeth sits on the Family Justice Council and has retained a strong interest in social work practice.

Register your place here http://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-work-practice-masterclass-effective-court-work-an-advanced-practice-masterclass-for-social-tickets-22528510381

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Places are free and aimed at experienced practitioners, with a maximum of 80 participants. The seminar will be interactive and will provide opportunities to consider your own practice and learning needs. Refreshments are available to purchase on the day and there is car parking on site.

 

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