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Conversations about body image
As young people are more affected by issues related to body image than ever before, we explore how social workers can initiate conversations and encourage young people to change the way that they feel about their bodies. Lisa Fathers, Director of Teaching School and Partnerships at Alliance for Learning which is part of Bright Futures Educational Trust, and a national Mental Health First Aid trainer, offers her insights into how social workers can approach the topic of body positivity with young people.Body image is our perception of our appearance. It’s based on how we see ourselves and how we think other people see us. The two things are often very different. Positive and negative experiences and relationships can affect body image and as social workers you may be supporting young people with a range of mental health issues, some undoubtedly linked to this topic. Body image matters because it is tied to self-worth and identity. How you see yourself, the world and your place in it affects the choices you make, the confidence which allows you to take risks and who you choose to spend your time with. If you do not feel acceptance of your own body image and identity, you may seek short-term friends or even make bad choices. In an education setting we regularly see instances of low self-esteem, lack of confidence and more complex matters tied to the subject of body image. While our goal is to offer opportunities and education to every child, I believe anyone working with young people has a duty to inspire them to discover and achieve things beyond the opportunities that they can see now. In the last issue of Social Work News magazine, BBC journalist, Ashley John-Baptiste, commented on what’s most important to him as someone who grew up in the care system. He believes that every single person leaving the care system should have a high sense of self-worth. I agree - every child should be supported to understand the concept of self-esteem and their self-confidence should be nurtured.If you are working with young people who may need support in this area, these top tips we offer can help: Positive self-talk and self-acceptance is key. Adopting this attitude yourself and encouraging others to do the same is really important. This means not making comparisons to others and accepting who we are.Focus on personal qualities and efforts that have nothing to do with physical appearance. Every individual has a gift or a passion for something. Nurture the thing they enjoy doing. Doing what you love creates a sense of self and is important to help develop positive self image-based values.Emphasising health over looks is important. Don’t put a lot of emphasis on physical appearance and instead, talk about all the different aspects that make up a person. For example personality, skills and a their outlook on life.When you witness negative body image messages, talk about them openly. Observe pop culture, media and sports and have conversations about messages conveyed around beauty, gender roles and health, recognising when images may have been altered or airbrushed.A strong sense of identity and self-worth are vital for a young person’s self-esteem.Sport, PE and physical activity really help to build this along with encouraging them to be able to express their feelings, problem solve and come up with their own coping strategies for setbacks. This will build confidence and improve resilience.If a young person is affected by peer pressure, bullying, or is self-conscious about their body image, it might help to talk to their school or college. Schools can be a positive environment for fostering healthy body image and self-esteem and should have policies in place to deal with these issues."Mental health first aid training may help you identify when a young person is struggling with their body image. Find out how you can improve your skills at allianceforlearning.co.uk/cpd/mental-health-first-aid
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.