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Social Work, Cats and Rocket Science


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Introduction - Welcome to the Messy Stuff; 1. Servants not Masters; 2. Mental Capacity, Mental Health and Least Restrictive Decision Making; 3. Wellbeing, Belonging and Citizenship; 4. Love, Hope and Relationships; 5. Language, Case Note Recording and writing about People; 6. Safeguarding; 7. The Rise of the New Social Work Bohemians; Case Law; Glossary; Bibliography

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A collection of stories about the real human experience of being a social worker

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Elaine James has worked in various grant making and commissioning roles across children and adult social care for over 20 years. She is an honorary researcher at Lancaster University. Rob Mitchell is a Principal Social Worker; he co-chaired the national Principal Social Worker Network for two years, is a Trustee of the National Social Work Awards and he is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University. Dr Hannah Morgan is a Senior Lecturer in Disability Studies, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University and Director of the Centre for Disability Research (CeDR).Mark Harvey is a Director of Disability Services in a Local Authority; he also co-chaired the national Principal Social Worker Network.Ian Burgess is a social worker, Best Interest Assessor and Mental Capacity Lead.


Love, hope and the messy stuff, stories of social work with adults. The book gives examples of practice making links to social work approaches, legislation and case law, reflecting on the reality of adult social work based on the rights of the person. A valuable insight into practice for social workers and social work students. -- Karen Maude, Practice Educator of the Year 2018 the Social Worker of the Year Awards
I would have bought this book for the title alone but the content is dazzling. Written by social workers who clearly love their work, it is powerful, hopeful, funny, informed and based on years of experience and learning. Social care is in need of an injection of colour, love, fun, innovation and creativity. 'Social work, cats and rocket science' is a cracking start. -- Sara Ryan, Mum to Connor Sparrowhawk, Author of Justice for LB
This book shares stories that show how peoples' lives have been transformed through getting to know people. Whether you're a social work professional, support worker or gobby punk activists (like us) this book demonstrates the importance of upholding everyone's human rights. This collection of practical stories aren't just for social workers anyone working in social care will be able to draw and reflect on them to check we're doing everything we can to uphold the human rights of the people we work with. At our charity we view ourselves as gobby punk activists, and we have no social work background. To read our work has partly inspired this book is a thrill because it reminds us that we all have a part to play in upholding everyone's human rights. This book gives positive, practical stories of how relationship based social work can make a huge difference to individual's lives. It begs the question "if we don't have the time to make sure the people we support are happy in their life are we prepared to risk-assess their life full of misery?" -- Paul Richards, Director Stay Up Late
Whether a politician, a policy maker, a practitioner or a member of the public, everyone should read this. A collection of essays which beautifully portrays the role of social work in society. Much misunderstood, social work walks the tightrope of rights & responsibilities, autonomy & protection, care & control. An illuminating and passionate account of social work in the 21st Century. -- Isabelle Trowler, Chief Social Worker for England (Children & Families)

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