social work

Changing Lives Newsletter - Spring/Summer 2009

The latest Changing Lives Newsletter, produced bi-annually by the Scottish Government. This edition includes articles by Adam Ingram, Minister for Children and Early Years, Alan Baird (President, ADSW), Justin McNicholl (Chair, Local Practitioner Forums). Also, updates on Changing Lives, the Practice Governance Change Group and the User and Carer Forum.

The definition of social work

The Social Work Task Force has signalled its intent to come up with a new definition of social work to counter public misconceptions. Anabel Unity Sale reports that with the negative coverage that social work attracts, it is hardly surprising that the public is not clear about what social workers do, and that people are led to believe that professionals swoop in and steal babies from families, give older people with limited mobility a bath and then make their dinner.

Social Work, Eligibility and Justice : Moral Economies of Practice

This podcast is part of the Glasgow School of Social Work Research Seminar Series and presents Dr. Tony Evans, York University, talking about the moral economics of practice.

Looked-after children: third report of session 2008-09: volume II: oral and written evidence

Provides the detailed oral and written evidence presented to the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee session on looked after children. The session aimed to investigate the performance of the care system in England, consider whether the Governments proposals for reform were soundly based, and to find out whether the Care Matters programme would be effective in helping looked after children. A summary of the findings are provided in Volume I.

Practitioner research programme, literature review

IRISS Podcast - Interview with Neil Lunt, a researcher and a lecturer from the University of York which is currently evaluating the initiative taken by Children First and Glasgow School Social Work to develop a practitioner research programme as part of the study he undertook a literature review on practitioner research and social services.

The impacts of housing stock transfers in urban Britain

A study of the impacts of housing stock transfers undertaken since 1997 across Britain. This research looks at the transfer of housing stock from councils to specially established housing associations, concentrating on the ‘second generation’ of transfers carried out since 1997.

Practitioner research programme

IRISS Podcast - Interview with Professor Ian Shaw at the University of York. Ian is currently evaluating the initiative taken by Children 1st and the Glasgow School of Social Work to develop a practitioner research programme.

Glasgow School of Social Work Research Seminar Series - Criminal Justice Social Work after McLeish - Possibilities and Pitfalls

This podcast is taken from the 'Glasgow School of Social Work Research Seminar Series' held in Glasgow on the 6th November 2008. Professor Fergus McNeill from the Glasgow School of Social Work. Explores the implications for criminal justice social work of the recent report of the Independent Prisons Commission, 'Scotland's Choice'. Examines whether the idea of offenders paying back in the community represents a necessary and sufficient underpinning rationale for the use of community penalties and, more generally, for the future development of criminal justice social work.

‘Social evils’ and ‘social problems’ in Britain, 1904–2008

In a contribution to the JRF's 'social evils' series, Jose Harris examines social problems and changing perceptions of them since 1904. Social evils, such as hunger and destitution, were seen by the Victorians as unavoidable. Joseph Rowntree's more positive philosophy promoted social research and intervention to transform 'social evils' into less malign 'social problems' that could be cured. However, some of these problems have subsequently reappeared.