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48 hours until your interview
The countdown is on. 48 hours until your social work interview and a mixture of nerves and excitement are starting to set in. It’s easy to let some of the seemingly obvious preparations slip through the net so we’ve prepared this blog as a reminder of some of the key things not to forget!Plan your travelYour interview may be at a location you are familiar with, but if it’s not, you’ll want to know how long it’s going to take you to get there and the sooner you check, the better. Many of our clients have guest parking, but what if those spaces are full on the day; would you know where to park and have enough change to pay for your space?Travelling by carIf you work in frontline social work, you’ll no doubt already use navigation software, but the route planning function on Google Maps is good and might give you that extra info your Sat Nav can’t. To access this, follow these steps.Step 1: Google Maps.Go to Google Maps and click the blue arrow to the right of the search bar (when you hover over it, it will say Directions).Step 2: Finding your destination.Type in your address and your destination and then Google will come up with the address' it recognises in the white area below. Click on the correct one to activate it.Step 3: Choosing your route.Google will offer you some different routes to choose from. You will see the estimated journey time and the amount of miles between the start and end point. You may notice some coloured lines on your route, these represent the different traffic conditions; the red lines show bad traffic delays and the orange lines show medium traffic delays (usually slow moving).Travelling by trainFor those travelling by train, the National Rail app gives you live travel updates, so you can check if your train is delayed or cancelled before you leave the house.Travelling by tubeThe Tube Map Planner is great if you are planning a route on the London Underground. It will give you the fastest route and tell you where you need to change over.Choose your outfitSocial work is one of the few caring professions without a universal dress code which can leave you a little unsure what to wear. Our advice is to go smartly dressed. First impressions are everything.Last minute prepOur careers hub is brimming with useful resources. We recommend downloading the following to help you prepare:Children's Services:Interview guideInterview preparation sheetsAdult Services:Interview guideInterview preparation sheetsReviewing the questions you think you’re likely to be asked and starting to think about how to answer them reduces your chances of being caught out. With questions fresh in your mind, you could ask somebody else to run through a mock-interview with you. Have your ‘interviewer’ give you constructive feedback – not just on what you say but on your non-verbal communication as well. Refresh your memory on your professional history and think about how it relates to the job you are seeking, especially if you have experience within a specific area of work that sets you apart from other candidates.Be prepared for behavioural interview questions. Knowing how you performed in the past will give the employer a sense of how you might do in the future; you might be asked to recall a time when you worked under pressure, an occasion when you made a mistake, or how you handle conflict.Know your legislationWe cannot stress how important it is to review relevant legislation and policy ahead of the interview. An employer will want to know if you have a full understanding of your legal obligations as a social worker. For an adult social worker role, you’ll need to be able to comfortably talk about your obligations under the Care Act 2014. Likewise, children’s social workers will need to show they are up-to-date with the Children and Families Act 2014.What to take on the dayYour dedicated Sanctuary consultant will advise you on what you must take along with you for interview, but generally you should take:A copy of your DBS certificatePhoto ID (e.g. passport or driving licence)Details of the person that you must ask for upon arrivalThe job description and person specificationExam certificates, including any CPD accredited training certificatesPen and notepadEnjoy your interviewNow you can relax. All that’s left for you to do is to enjoy the interview. Remember, you’ve made the shortlist so you have already impressed on paper! Good luck!If you have any specific queries relating to your interview, please get in touch with your consultant.
New joint interim Chief Social Workers for Adults announced
Those working in adult social services will be interested to know that the Department for Health and Social Care has announced the appointment of Fran Leddra and Mark Harvey as joint interim Chief Social Workers for Adults. The pair, who will be managing the role as part of a job share, will replace Lyn Romeo who will take a 12-month break for personal reasons.Between them, Leddra and Harvey have a collective 55 years of expertise within social work, and they will combine their secondment with their existing social work roles.Introducing the joint interim Chief Social Workers for AdultsFran Leddra is currently Principal Social Worker and Strategic Lead of Safeguarding and Adult Social Care in Thurrock Council. She is an advocate for safeguarding practice and will be keen to ensure that the profession continues to uphold its values and responsibilities.She says: “Mark and I have both held the co-chair role for the Principal Social Workers Network and this experience undoubtedly led us to apply for this secondment opportunity. With a challenging year ahead, we want to continue to drive forward the Chief Social Worker priorities and to ensure social work and social care is high on the political agenda.”Mark Harvey is Operations Director for adult disability services in Hertfordshire County Council. Throughout his career, he has worked across both Local Authority and NHS services primarily specialising in mental health and learning disability services.He adds:“To work alongside Fran as the Chief Social Worker is a fantastic opportunity and something, I am immensely keen to bring my frontline experience to. The year ahead is likely to be one of significant change and opportunity. I am looking forward to continuing Lyn Romeo’s work to lead an approach that can embed social work at the core of DHSC’s work to achieve a better outcome for the people we serve.”Sanctuary Executive’s viewOur Executive division works closely with senior management teams across the top end of social care. We are excited to hear that the new joint Interim Chief Social Workers for Adults will continue to maintain their frontline roles because it will bring the position much closer to the profession.Speaking of the joint appointments, James Rook, our Chief Executive, says: “The role of the Chief Social Worker for Adults is hugely important in bridging the gap between frontline services and government legislation. Over the past five years, Lyn Romeo has done a fantastic job and her passion for the role has always been clear. We believe that the joint appointments of Fran Leddra and Mark Harvey can continue to transform services because they can use their collective expertise to listen to the needs of adult social workers.”He continues: “As the new regulator Social Work England launches at the end of the year, we’ll be interested to see how they work closely with Fran to uphold and maintain social work responsibilities. It’s important that the transition from the HCPC to Social Work England is as seamless as possible, so we’re sure that they’ll benefit from Fran’s knowledge and experience. We’re also extremely excited to see how Mark can use his mental health specialisms to continue to develop and enhance services to improve mental health provision for service users. It’s truly an exciting time for the social work profession and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.”To find out more, why not read what some of our happy clients have had to say or simply get in touch with us.
Do you know your Apps?
In today’s digital world, working with children and young people is more challenging than ever before. After all, with the prevalent (and frequently changing) use of social media, it’s important that as social workers, we understand what the most popular apps are used by teenagers and young people.#WildWestWeb – a new NSPCC campaignRecent research from the NSPCC suggests that 200,000 young people may have been groomed online via social networks. As part of their #WildWestWeb campaign, the charity is calling for statutory legislation which will ensure that social networks have a legal duty of care to protect children.'1 in 25 11-17 year olds have sent, received or been asked to send sexual content to an adult.'(Source: NSPCC)At Sanctuary, we think that this is an extremely worthwhile campaign and we will bring you more information about the progress as and when it is released. In the meantime, we are sharing some brief details about some of the most popular apps currently used by teenagers and young people. You will likely already be aware of some of the highest profile apps, but we hope that you can use this checklist to support your social media safeguarding procedures.InstagramWe know that you’ll be aware of this mainstream photo-sharing app, after all, barely a day passes without some mention of this social network giant in the news. It’s important to be aware of the private messaging facility within the app – many children like to use this because they know that their parents are less likely to check through the messages. Social workers need to be aware of Instagram because it is frequently cited as being “bad for mental health.” This is because of unrealistic beauty standards, Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) and a lack of clarity over which images have been digitally altered. The site is working hard to address these concerns and you can use the ‘comment control’ feature to filter words or emojis which could be deemed offensive, inappropriate or triggering.SnapchatThis is one of the most popular apps amongst young people. Images posted (known as snaps) disappear within seconds and ‘stories’ last 24 hours before disappearing.In 2017, a joint report from the Royal Society for Public Health and the Young Health Movement surveyed 1500 young people and asked them to score different social media platforms on a range of health and wellbeing statements. It allowed RSPH to establish a ‘league ranking’ of social media sites according to their impact on young people’s mental health."It’s interesting to see Instagram and Snapchat ranking as the worst for mental health and wellbeing – both platforms are very image-focused and it appears they may be driving feelings of inadequacy and anxiety in young people." - Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive, RSPHCalculator%This private photo calculator app is popular amongst young people because it looks like an innocuous app yet allows them to hide inappropriate photos. The original app was removed from the Apple App store in 2018 amid a police investigation although there are numerous similar apps which open a private area upon entering a passcode.OmegleThis is an anonymous text and video chatroom which allows users to connect with strangers without registering details. Although it has an 18+ age rating, it is not moderated, allowing younger children to join in with ease. Ask.fmThis is an anonymous Q+A forum which has historically had issues related to cyber bullying. There is a “do not allow anonymous questions” tab which can be used for privacy and protection.TwitchTwitch allows users to live stream themselves when they are playing video games. It is one of the fastest growing platforms for young people and is owned by Amazon.Whisper, Musical.ly, KipThese three apps have been rated as dangerous for children and young people because they allow strangers to connect directly with users. There are no filters and in the case of Whisper, the user’s location is shown, making it easier for predators to locate and connect with users.This is only a snapshot of some of the popular apps and social media sites used by children and young people. We highly recommend that you update yourself with BASW’s social media policy which will outline how social media is being used in safeguarding investigations.
“Care is no longer about keeping someone alive, it’s about giving them quality of life”
In today’s world, we are living longer than ever before. This is bringing new challenges to those working in adult services. We find out how a Staffordshire Care Home has taken an innovative approach towards their care services and discover why it’s so important for social workers and healthcare professions to pay attention to mental health. Vicky Smith, Principal Care Home Manager at Samuel Hobson House and its sister home Mayfield House, tells us what she thinks.Sitting back on a comfortable armchair, listening to the soothing sounds of a musician playing a beautiful melody on the piano, the audience is rapt. The atmosphere is calm, peaceful and harmonious. Some are so relaxed they nod off; others listen intently; a few grab an instrument themselves and join in with the music. But this isn’t a piano bar in the West End, this is Samuel Hobson House care home in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire. And this is one of just many activities that have been introduced to improve the mental health of our residents. Others include intergenerational activities with local children, exercise classes and virtual reality. Like the rest of the health and social care sector, residential care is changing – with more focus on taking a holistic view on supporting service users. This marks a distinct shift in thinking from traditional practices which focused on physical and medical needs and has clear benefits for both the residents and the staff who work in care settings. I have worked in care for 15 years and have seen tremendous changes during that time. When I first started my career, the focus was on the practical side of care – primarily making sure residents were bathed, dressed and fed. If they seemed unwell, we would seek support for their physical ailments and there was little emphasis on their mental wellbeing. There’s been a huge shift in this way of thinking. The mental wellbeing of our residents is a top priority. We continuously monitor how they are feeling so that we can respond quickly if someone seems down or not quite themselves. It’s no longer about keeping someone alive; it’s about giving them quality of life. The care homes are a sister company to Acacia Training, which specialises in apprenticeships, short courses and government funded qualifications to the health care, social care and early years sectors. This has real benefits for the staff because it means that we have access to the latest training – from dementia care to mental health first aid. We have introduced a number of regular activities, all designed to improve the mental health of the 80 older people who reside across the two care homes. They include the musician who brings his piano in every week and encourages residents to pick up instruments and play along with him, and a local children’s music and movement class, Boogie Beat, which holds workshops at the home. Young and older generations can take part in activities together, like making Easter bonnets or singing songs.Local fitness trainer Andy Lewis, who specialises in training for people with complex mental needs, also visits the home regularly. He encourages the residents to take part in interactive exercises, like “climbing mountains” and “canoeing” all from the comfort of their armchair. One lady, who is very quiet and rarely talks, claps her hands and stamps her feet with anticipation every time she sees Andy arrive. We even have virtual reality equipment so residents can trek through the jungle on safari, visit Blackpool Pier or sit on the beach of a tropical island. They were some of the first in the UK to benefit from the technology, ImmersiCare, which was specially designed for use in care homes and hospitals, particularly for people with dementia. These activities are small things on their own but they’ve had a huge impact on the residents’ wellbeing. Other changes include encouraging residents to make their room or flat as personal to them as possible to create a homely environment and including family in their care plan. We get family members involved as much as possible. If a resident isn’t settling well or doesn’t seem themselves, we work with their family to find a resolution and come up with ideas for what we can do to make them feel better. We had one lady who was very agitated when she first arrived and spent all day in her room. Through working with her family and putting tailored measures in place to improve her mental health, the change in her wellbeing was huge. She began sitting in the lounge with the other residents, taking part in activities and going on trips to the shops. I’m a qualified mental health first aider after taking part in an accredited two-day Mental Health First Aid training programme, provided by Acacia Training. Since it introduced the course, the company has trained over 150 people in health and social care. The course made me so much more aware of what is going on around me and helped me to notice when something isn’t quite right, whether that’s a passing comment or a post on social media. This has had tremendous benefits both to the residents and to the staff and since I completed my training, I’ve signposted three staff members to the relevant agencies or places to get the support they need to improve their wellbeing. We ask ‘how are you’ every day, but most of the time we’re just on autopilot. Take the time to really listen to the answer. We all have to support each other. Acacia Training can offer health and social care professionals dedicated training to ensure that all staff are aware of the signs that somebody may be affected by mental distress. To find out more about their training programme, visit their website or give them a call on 01782 646346.
Discover the charity making a difference to adult safeguarding
We speak to Deborah Kitson from the Ann Craft Trust; a national charity specialising in adult safeguarding. Last November, the charity launched its inaugural National Safeguarding Adults Week, an awareness campaign designed to raise awareness of the different ways in which we can fully protect adults at risk. Deborah tells us more of the plans for this year’s week, as well as explaining how they work closely with social work teams to support safeguarding activities.Can you tell us more about who the Ann Craft Trust is?The Ann Craft Trust (ACT) was established in 1992 (previously NAPSAC) and is a national registered charity. It is committed to safeguarding young people and adults at risk of abuse. ACT responds to the needs and concerns of people working across and being supported by social care, health, education, and criminal justice by providing information and advice, peer support and networks. We also have a variety of publications including a quarterly bulletin, bibliographies, and books as well as training, seminars and conferences and research and awareness campaigns.How does the Trust work with social services teams to increase safeguarding knowledge and improve practice?ACT sits in the Centre for Social Work in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Nottingham and contributes to the teaching of social work students. The ACT offers a wide range of training and consultancy to the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors including local authorities, child and adult safeguarding boards and social care teams. Our range of training f