Capacitated individuals residing in 24hr care and the Covid 19 Pandemic

Aim:

How can capacitated individuals residing in 24 hour care, whom are not subject to a legal framework be supported to appropriately challenge restrictions imposed by Public Health England guidance throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, what are the measures that are in place to support individuals subject to a legal framework such as DoLS and how can this be simulated for capacitated adults?

Objectives:

  • To recognise the wider impact of the PHE guidance on capacitated individuals in 24 hour care settings.
  • To uncover good practice and ways in which social workers, advocates and care providers have supported service users to positively challenge the guidance in a bid to gain personalisation.
  • To consider how the PHE guidance may be adapted to support capacitated individuals to achieve a personalised risk assessment and care approach in response to the guidance.
  • To consider how the provision of DoLS has adapted in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and how a flexible approach may be simulated for capacitated individuals in a 24 hour care setting.
  • To collate the opinions of residents, social workers and best interest assessors in relation to noted differences across service user groups and care settings.

Partner: 2 local authorities – DoLS team input and input from social workers/CHC nurse practitioners.  4 Care providers – 2 in each local authority area.

Identified Lead: Katie Brown

Contact info: katie.brown@warrington.gov.uk

Student profiles on social work degrees in CMSWTP area

Aim:

A Profile of Students Admitted to the Social Work Degree in the CMSWTP Region

Objectives:

1.    To portray the socio-demographic profile of students admitted to the social work degree

2. To identify predominant entry modes into SW degrees and academic progression.

3. To follow up students who have dropped out at different stages of the social work programme; to identify reasons and generate a profile of premature leavers.

Partner: 4HEIs

Identified Lead: Selwyn Stanley and Val Gant

Contact info: stanleys@edgehill.ac.uk

From Student to Practitioner; race, racism and social work

Aim:

To explore the experiences of BAME students and practitioners of social work education and practice, using a co-production, participatory framework, and make policy and practice recommendations to the CWMTP.

Objectives:

  • To engage and recruit BAME students and social work practitioners and establish a research participation group, to meet regularly (within a 6 month period) to co-produce research data on ‘The experiences of BAME social work students and practitioners of social work education and practice.’
  • To adopt a Participatory Action Research (PAR) methodology underpinned by an Anti-Racist framework, to allow for BAME students and social work practitioner engagement and participation.
  • To analyse data, write up and disseminate findings.
  • To make policy and practice recommendations identified by the research participation group to the CMSWTP

Partner: LJMU and LHU

Identified Lead: Andrea Newman, Beverley Burke and Philomena Harrison

Contact info: a.newman@ljmu.ac.uk

Care Orders at Home

Dr Ciarán Murphy

Senior Lecturer Social Work

Edge Hill University

Dr Noreen Maguinness

Senior Lecturer Social Work

Liverpool John Moore’s University

Eoanna Stathopoulos

Senior Lecturer Social Work

Edge Hill University

Listen to Project Lead Dr Ciarán Murphy explain more:

Aim:

What are the frontline practitioners’ experiences of increasing Care Orders at home?

Objectives:

1. To draw from statistical data of partnership authorities to emphasise the extent of the problem faced;

2. To explore with frontline social workers and team managers their experiences of Care Orders at home, including: challenges; fears/anxieties;

3. To give frontline practitioners ‘a voice’ in regards to this research area, by embedding their testimonies within the research findings;

4. To produce and publish findings that can serve as a platform to challenge this ‘troubling tendency’.

Partners: Edge Hill University and Liverpool John Moores University

Identified Lead: Ciaran Murphy with Noreen Maguinness & Eoanna Stathopoulos

Contact info: Ciaran.Murphy@edgehill.ac.uk

Connected Carer Participation Groups in Local Authorities

Aim:

To identify and critically evaluate the benefits and challenges of establishing and working with Parent/Connected Carer Participation Groups as contributors to on-going local authority children’s services’ strategic development and delivery of social work child protection and other short / medium term statutory social work intervention (i.e. child protection assessment, child in need and looked after child intervention)

Objectives:

1) To identify messages from research via literature review re the models, impact, benefits and challenges for the local authority of establishing and working with Parent/Connected Carer participation groups;

2) To identify existing initiatives in local authorities across England where Parent/Connected Carer participation groups contribute to local authority children’s service strategic development and/or practice in relation to child protection and/or short and medium term social work interventions;

3) To survey via mixed method on line survey and semi structured telephone or virtual conference interviews identified relevant existing participation projects across England to identify learning re:
i)activity range, value and impact of participation group; ii)enablers and barriers to developing and working with an effective Parent/Connected Carer Participation Group

Partner: Edge Hill University/Liverpool City Council

Identified Lead: Nigel Kelleher

Contact info: Nigel.Kelleher@edgehill.ac.uk

 

Supporting older people experiencing loneliness

Aim:

How can adult social workers appropriately support older people who experience loneliness or social isolation?

Objectives:

  • To elicit how adult social workers can support older people who experience loneliness or social isolation.
  • To draw from interview data to examine and describe what practices are currently utilised by adult social workers to alleviate loneliness or isolation among older service users?
  • To appraise the current evidence base and analyse interpretive data to determine what reforms, if any, might improve social work interventions which seek to alleviate loneliness or isolation among older service users?
  • To assess the generalisability of the findings from one exemplar to associate studies.
  • To present any findings at a social work conference and produce a report for CWAC and a co-authored academic article.

Partner: Cheshire and West Chester

Identified Lead: Dee Leahy/Malcolm Carey

Contact info: m.carey@chester.ac.uk

Photovoice

A visual narrative of a peer led crime.

Dr Gill Buck

Kemi Ryan

Natasha Ryan

Aim:

To explore the community-led approach taken by Reformed and disseminate learning

Objectives:

  • To explore the experiences of people working for and with Reformed using photo voice.
  • To construct a visual narrative of the community-based approach taken.
  • To create a public exhibition to raise awareness of the issues facing local people.
  • To make co-produced recommendations for social work practice in this field.

Partner: University of Chester

Identified Lead: Dr Gill Buck

Contact info: g.buck@chester.ac.uk

Service Users Lived Experience

How can we more fully include lived experiences of (former) service users in the evaluation of services and co-production of knowledge?

Aim:

To collaboratively reflect upon, analyse and theorise peer led approaches to suicide prevention in prison.

Objectives:

  • To explore the experiences of people who have volunteered as prison listeners.
  • To co-produce an academic journal article critiquing existing theory in light of these experiences.
  • To make recommendations for Social Work practice in this field and more broadly for centering lived experience in the co-production of knowledge.

Partner: Prison Reform Trust

(National voluntary sector partner whose network incorporates Cheshire and Merseyside)

Identified Lead: Dr Gill Buck

Contact info: g.buck@chester.ac.uk

Social Work Students with Dyslexia

What are the challenges and what strategies can be used to provide effective support in University and on placement?

Dr Valerie Gant

Mike Hewson

Listen to Val explain more about the research project:

Aims:

  • To explore the challenges and strategies utilised by social work students with dyslexia to enable them to develop critical self-reflection skills and graduate as social work practitioners using autoethnography as a method of inquiry.
  • To seek the perspectives of practice educators regarding their experiences of working with and supporting students with dyslexia.

Objectives:

  • To explore the experiences of social work students who self report as having dyslexia through reflective focus groups and autoethnography.
  • To obtain the perceptions and experiences of a group of social work practice educators employed by local authorities across the CMSWTP regarding working with students with dyslexia.
  • To obtain and analyse data and to write up and disseminate findings.
  • To make recommendations for social work educators in universities and in practice.
  • To produce a CMSWTP good practice guide regarding supporting students with dyslexia on placement.

Partner: University of Chester

Identified Lead: Dr Valerie Gant

Contact info: v.gant@chester.ac.uk

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CMSWTP Team Managers’ Network, 22nd June, 10.00-1.00
10.00-10.10 Welcome and Introduction
Alex Woods (PSW Warrington Borough Council) and
Simon Manseri (PSW St. Helen’s Council)
Sharing Practice
10.10-10.50 How do you support ASYE’s – What does your authority do? One Team Manager from each partner offer to share
CMSWTP Update
10.50-11.00 How do we support ASYE’s, what is the partnership doing? Nicola Whiteside (Partnership Manager of the CMSWTP)
Guest Speaker
11.00-11.30 Student experiences Vanessa Goldsmith (UoC Placement Lead) and Emma Rimmer (EHU Placement Lead)
11.30-11.45 Discussion/Reflection on student experiences Alex Woods and Simon Manseri
Practice Dilemma
12.00-12.30 Break out rooms – Managers to discuss shared dilemmas
12.30 -12.50 Feedback from each room Volunteer
Next steps
12.50 –1.00 Future session ideas…. Alex Woods and Simon Manseri
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