How to create social work organisations with an independent, critical edge and ensure their survival? This is the question now facing many of us as we contemplate the rather devastated landscape of social care that has unfolded over the last few weeks.
Anyone might be in favour of ‘relationship based practice’ in the same way we are all against sin (hopefully). But when asked to produce evidence that it ‘works’ we become hesitant. Where exactly are the definitive, gold standard research studies?
Most social workers feel their daily work is a battle, and often a losing one.
Resources are desperately short, decent supervision rarely happens, the (electronic) paperwork is overwhelming, the work itself is complex, anxiety-provoking and sometimes frightening or dangerous.
Most people like to laugh and I have always enjoyed humour. Possessing a good sense of humour has long been viewed as a key to success in relationships.