Strengths Based Working: a challenge to Social Work?
Social work has aspired to demonstrate a strengths based approach in its practice since the publication in the early 1990’s of the seminal text by Dennis Saleebey at the University of Kansas. Its principles are widely accepted within the profession and reflected in contemporary social work models, good practice guidance, and recent legislation. In this seminar hosted by UoB, Alex Fox and colleagues from Shared Lives Plus reflected on their understanding of strength based practice and what changes are required to make it the common experience of people who access social work and social care.
In June 2019, the University of Birmingham, Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and West Midlands Social Work Teaching Partnership hosted an event which invited speakers and social work professionals to come together to consider the question 'What does good leadership look like in social work?'
The event was one strand of a larger leadership in social work project incorporating empirical research and evaluations, as well as the development of new CPD and qualification programmes focused on leadership in social work.Please follow the links below to listen to presentations on the day, as well as hearing from key note speakers about what good leadership looks like in social work:
Dr. Ossie Stuart, Trustee at the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) - 'Equality and Diversity in Social Work’
Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults, Department of Health and Social Care – ‘Leadership in Adult Social Work’
Sean Holland, Chief Social Work Officer/Deputy Secretary, Social Services Policy Group - ‘Social Work Leadership in Northern Ireland’
Jason Schaub, Lecturer in Social Work, University of Birmingham - ‘What is missing from our definition of Social Work Leadership’
Dr Ruth Allen, Chief Executive, British Association of Social Workers - ‘Excellence in Social Work Leadership’
Caroline Pipe, Social Worker and Systemic Psychotherapist - ‘Centre for Systemic Social Work’
Belinda Weir, Director of Leadership, Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham - ‘Systems Leadership'
Tanya Moore, Principal Social Worker, Hertfordshire Adult Care Services - ‘Connected Lives and Complexity’
Jenny Pitts, Community Led Support Programme Lead - ‘Leadership and Community Led Support’