Category Archives: Masterclasses and events

Evaluating the performance of social care as a system: an introduction to the Vanguard Method

A one day  workshop delivered by Joanne Gibson and Brendan O’Donovan of Vanguard Consulting – Chaired by Sue White University of Sheffield

Wednesday March 6th 10am until 4pm  at University of Sheffield, Elmfield, Seminar Room G18

We have worked with a variety of social care organisations in the public and voluntary sectors. Our studies show that many public service systems are set up to assess rather than understand, to transact rather than build relationships, to refer on cases rather than taking individual responsibility and to prescribe packages of activity instead of taking the time to understand what might improve someone’s life. The result is that problems people face are not resolved, public services generate escalating levels of ‘failure demand’, and costs are driven ever upwards.

How can things be done differently? What might a concrete alternative look like? That is what we will try to explain over this session which has been designed to provide you with a different frame of reference, hopefully creating some curiosity and encouraging you to learn more about the Vanguard Method, in order to tackle some of the issues that you and your services face.

The Vanguard Method is unique in that it starts by studying a service as a system from the service user’s point of view, to gain knowledge of the ‘what and why’ of current performance. This session will give a high-level explanation of the key Vanguard Method principles required to study and understand how and why your current system works in the way that it does. We will go on to talk about what has been learnt through the application of the Vanguard Method in various people centred services, giving examples and results from organisations that have started to work in a different way.

This day will act as an introduction to what you could learn on a 12-day practical module that we are planning to run in conjunction with Sheffield University.

This Masterclass forms part of the module ‘Researching Everyday Practice’ There are 10 places available at a cost of £50 per student on a first come, first served basis.

Contact:  Sally.Dean@sheffield.gov.uk , interim Project Manager to book a place by 15th February 2019.

Further information from Sue.White@sheffield.ac.uk

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

 

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

Masterclass – CSA November 19th 2019

Sexual abuse in the family – Rethinking disclosure and applying research and theory to practice.

19th November 2018   13:00 to 17:00

Town Hall, Reception Room A, Pinstone Street, Sheffield

Delivered by Anna Glinski from the National Centre of Excellence on CSA .

Current research indicates that children who are sexually abused are most likely to have been abused by someone within the family environment, but it is often a challenge to know what the best approach is when you suspect sexual abuse is happening.  Drawing on research, theory and practice experience, this workshop will consider the areas we can explore in our work with families to support a more robust, proactive and protective response.

–      What are the obstacles we face in our practice?

–      Taking a ‘whole family’ approach to assessing and intervening with families – addressing family strengths and vulnerabilities to reduce risk

–      Broadening our understanding of children’s disclosures and our roles within the disclosure process

 

How do I book?

There are 120 places across the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sheffield-teaching-partnership-csa-masterclass-tickets-47954624573

 

Practice Educator Conference April 23 2018


The Sheffield Hallam University Social Work Practice Educator Conference is now an established annual event. This year’s conference brought together over 160 Practice Educators.  Keynote presentations and workshops were planned in response to feedback from past conference delegates that identified areas of focus for professional education and practise.

The first part of the 2018 conference included four keynote presentations:

Mark Doel, Emeritus Professor of Social Work at Sheffield Hallam University, considered professional social work identity and storytelling through Social Work in 42 Objects;

Pete Nelson, Principal Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, presented findings from recent research which considered whether child obesity is a child protection issue;

Suzannah Rockett and Wendy Zayne, Practice Development Manager and Child Protection Conference Chair at Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, reminded participants of the importance of safeguarding in professional Social Work practise;

Steve Chu, Chief Executive at Age UK Sheffield, promoted the contribution of social work to third sector organisations.

During the second part of the 2018 conference, workshops provided Practice Educators with opportunities to meet researchers who shared their work and facilitated discussion about specific aspects of supporting the practise education of students.

Dr Marelize Joubert (Sheffield Hallam University) led the workshop on Social Work students’ perception of their readiness for practice and to practise.

Chrissie Edmonds (Sheffield Hallam University)’s workshop focused on direct observation and its vital role for the practice educator.

Throughout the day, participants were encouraged to network with fellow Social Work professionals from across the sectors, sharing everyday experiences and debating common challenges faced and how these are being met by Social Workers.

Feedback from the day:

“I found it beneficial to hear the guest speakers, attend the workshop (although I would have liked to do both!) and also found it useful to hear and learn from the experiences of other practice educators”.

Enjoyed the good mix of key note speakers and the workshop topics were particularly relevant to Practice Education “.

“I really enjoyed the conference and benefitted from attending.

Masterclass – For Practice Educators

Exploring the What? Why? And How? Of Social Work Theory and Practice

Thursday October 25th  10 – 4, Reception Room B, Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone Street, Sheffield

by Kirwin Maclean Associates

We would like to invite all Practice Educators within the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership (Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster and Lincolnshire, Sheffield Hallam University and University of Sheffield) to a one-day workshop to be run by Kirwin Maclean Associates.  Details of their work can be found here:  http://www.kirwinmaclean.com/

Refreshments will be provided but not lunch.

If you would like to attend, please could you register online using the Eventbrite link below.

Book your place early – there are 120 places available across the Teaching Partnership.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/exploring-the-what-why-and-how-of-social-work-theory-and-practice-tickets-46014161596

 

 

 

 

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

 

CPD Awards Ceremony

An award ceremony was held on the 23rd April to celebrate the achievements of practitioners and managers who have successfully completed our CPD modules and courses.

SYTP certificates of achievement were presented for the following modules/courses:

  • Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (HEI accreditation, 15 credits)
  • Developing Professional Practice and Safeguarding (30 credit module)
  • Introduction to Leadership and Mentoring (30 credit module)
  • Interventions to promote change (15 credit module)
  • Out of Home Care (15 credit module)
  • Parenting Capacity (15 credit module)
  • Practice Learning Educator Stage 1 (15 credit module)

University of Sheffield certificates were also presented by the university’s Management School to those who have successfully the Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management (60 credits)

If you are interested in finding out more about our current CPD opportunities, please see http://www.southyorkshireteachingpartnership.co.uk/advanced-practitioner-framework/

World Social Work Day 2018!

World Social Work Day will be on the 20th March 2018. It is the key day in the year that social workers worldwide stand together to celebrate the achievements of the profession and take the theme message into their communities, workplaces and to their governments to raise awareness of the social work contributions and need for further action.

For further information, please see http://ifsw.org/world-social-work-day-2018/

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/