Monday, 31 August 2009
Thursday, 23 July 2009
Friday, 17 July 2009
Training period too short
He said: "At a time when people are arguing that social work needs a longer training period [Ed Balls is proposing a shorter period]."
Commenting on the £15,000-a-year salary that trainees under the scheme will be offered, Jones said: "What we are being offered is a quick route to becoming a social worker for people who have chosen other professions, with a financial incentive that is not available to people who have chosen social work from the start."
I let you be the judge but personally I would think that the best policy here is to simply go back to basics and allow people to come into the profession who have that desire to help people - not just wave the illusion of it in front of the faces of people trying to find work - of any kind.
We have a dilemma on our hands when it comes to the social system and somehow, I feel this is not the way forward.....
Until the next time
Michelle Duffy 2009
Thursday, 9 July 2009
"She was responding to a damning internal inquiry into the case by the council, published in May, which found that the council's leaving care team had failed to provide the adult placement service, which made the placement, with a chronology of his past offences or the results of risk assessments made on him...."
It is in this second paragraph where we find the problem: The system put in place here failed to the very service which would have stopped this placement happening, thus saving the mental and physical anguish of these poor children. No one to blame here - only a policy which doesn't and could never work.
The problem which our local governments today is the very system on which they are based. A vast majority of the time, they are ancient Establishments run by equally old fashioned councillors who have no true concept of the world in which their communities live. Any council department is run by it's sheer volume of paperwork. Everything is done like clockwork, despite the fact that a policy is outdated, the system in question will still go ahead simply because it exists within the council structure. So why aren't these policies examined and re-written? Because, like many other public sector authorities, something has to happen first before the system is reworked. Through the NHS, someone usually has to die before the way in which that person has died comes into clearer focus. Through social services, teams gather on a regular basis in huddled corners of council buildings and drum out in succession each and every case in which someone has fallen victim to a system or a policy and where justice needs to be sort. These people earn a lot of money simply attending meetings about a system that fails. More frighteningly enough it is through these systems that simple procedures and even diabolically bad human judgement has played a major role in the demise of an innocent person.
We look to the future in this business and wonder where on Earth to start. Being a former pen pusher myself, I had witnessed enough though almost two decades which I found both staggering and frightening. Not only because these events were taking place but there were huge teams of people who's job was solely to sort out the mess which was usually left behind as a result of a dusty and out of date system.
IF and this is a big if, any one person is to be blamed for these tragic stories which fill our already over spilling negative thoughts about our local councils, it is the very person or people who wrote these policies and systems in the first place. The real tragedy here is that these people are long gone - either off the mortal coil themselves or simply moved on into other professions. Council employees are not paid to judge what has already been judged. They are not paid to have an opinion and if they do, they are not paid to speak ill of it. Many social workers will say that they are far too pressured and over worked to think too heavily about how their system works or fails for that matter. If we really want to change the way we care for our vulnerable society, we need to re-write every single policy and regulation in the book. I wonder if the job is not necessarily too big but too worrying, as you could not imagine what would be unearthed....
Michelle Duffy 2009
The article mentioned here was taken from:
Just as a final note on the subject the article mentioned states...
"Following the report, director of social services Phil Evans announced a major retraining programme for staff and an overhaul of risk management and case referral processes. Three members of staff were suspended, prompting Unison to accuse the authority of scapegoating social workers....."
I wonder when we will see the day when all social workers are given the support they need so they can do their job effectively, and above all, save lives.....
Monday, 6 July 2009
Thursday, 2 July 2009
Tuesday, 30 June 2009
- Those who haven't been in the dole queue for the last ten years or so (if not more)
- Those who usually job hop easily and don't ever have a problem getting interviews or finding work.
In my mind, these groups are the worst hit. We can gently put aside those who have been out of work for a long time due to health reasons etc because they aren't looking for work so therefore won't really have an acute idea as to what trying to find a job is like. Yet these two remaining groups share one great thing in common - their perception.
Imagine if the world you knew all your life (or working life) suddenly changed because someone or something moved the goal post - how would you react? You would adapt, because that's what we as humans do - we have to otherwise we would have been eaten/attacked/starved to death a long time ago, right? Right. So we change. How we change and to what benefit is another matter. Change does not always mean positive instead of negative.
So what do our two unemployed groups do to change? They change the way they have always conducted themselves to make that interview work/to find that job/to complete that application form. They have to keep up with the times because since they are all now in the same boat as a hundred other people who are far more qualified, the competition has stepped up a notch. This is why those who have easily job hopped in the past suddenly now can't and find that every interview does NOT result in a job offer as it did in the past. The others who have enjoyed one employer for God knows how many years have a good chance of getting that job, but they have no idea how to conduct themselves at an interview or don't know how to make a CV sound wonderful.
There are some pretty good website out there who can help - http://www.prospects.ac.uk/ are a good start although watch out when it comes to interviews. One mistake made frequently is not being flexible enough. Chances are the employer is looking for a full time person - you if say you can only make three or four days a week due to child commitments etc then chances are you won't get offered the job - employers are not allowed to discriminate so they will get around it by saying you didn't score enough points. Companies will still hire with age/family life/location in mind, despite the fact that two of these are discrimination's.
The only trouble is - it is damn hard for you to prove this was the case when you didn't get the offer, especially after the event....
Try also here for cv advice - http://www.cv-service.org/cvhelp.htm
Michelle Duffy 2009.