Are Independent Social Workers just an ‘expensive part of the landscape’?

Posted on August 13th, 2010

It is a little over a month since Ms Marion Davis, president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services released a statement regarding the use of Independent Social Workers during court proceedings.

Ms Davis was quoted in an article for Community Care as saying, “Independent Social Workers are just some of the enormous number of people checking on what Social Workers do”. Ms Davis was asked if the absence of Independent Social Workers in court proceedings would have an impact on court proceedings, to which she replied, “I can’t think of one”.

It seems a rather short-sighted statement for Ms Marion Davis to make that Independent Social Workers should cease to play a role in the court process and extremely unfair to suggest that they are just another group of people ‘checking on’ and having a ‘detrimental effect’ on Social Work practice.  Independent Social Workers are colleagues and partners of Local Authority front line Social Workers; working in collaboration in a society that currently vilifies the Social Work profession as a whole.

In other words a Social Worker is a Social Worker and the fact that a growing number of Social Workers wish to practice independently and not remain within the constraints of Local Authority bureaucratic managerialism is possibly a symptom of a profession that has lost faith in a government that really does not understand what it is all about.  The majority of Independent Social Workers have been Local Authority Social Workers themselves and are therefore well aware of the overwhelming and unmanageable case loads faced by many Social Workers, who consequently find themselves unable to meet deadlines and timescales.  Avocet understands only too well that it is more often than not the system that hinders Social Workers from carrying out their role to the best of their ability so you certainly would not find an Avocet Independent Social Worker setting out to ‘undermine Social Workers’ professional judgement’.


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Independent Social Work Opportunities for a Social Work Team Manager

Posted on January 11th, 2010

Yesterday, SocietyGuardian posted an article in their ‘What Else Can I Do?’ section that caught my eye.  The article centred around Lucy, a 32 year old Social Work Team Manager.  Lucy is looking for a fresh challenge, and contacted SocietyGuardian for ideas on her next Social Work career move.

Lucy currently works for the Connexions service, and SocietyGuardian came up with 5 suggestions for Lucy to look into.  These ranged from becoming a parenting expert for the youth offending service, a project coordinator for Connexions or working with  a local council to develop their ‘Neets’ policies, to working for a not-for-profit organisation or local education service.

Interestingly the first suggestion (Youth Offending Service) picked up on Lucy’s ability with parenting assessments and court reports.  Skills in such assessments can open up opportunities as an Independent Social Worker with Avocet.

Lucy could join Avocet’s Independent Social Worker Directory, to search for the latest Independent Social Work Jobs that Avocet have to offer.

If you find yourself in a position similar to Lucy, and want to make a change for 2010, then contact Avocet Independent Social Workers to become a member of our Independent Social Worker Directory!


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Now it’s even easier to find an Avocet Independent Social Worker

Posted on December 15th, 2009

Avocet’s Independent Social Worker Directory has undergone some subtle changes over the past few weeks, making it easier and quicker for people to find Independent Social Workers and Social Work Jobs alike.

Now on registering, you will be offered the option of becoming a member or a client of Avocet.  Member registration will, subject to approval, give you the benefits of applying for Social Work Jobs across the UK.  Registering as a member of Avocet can open up new opportunities for experienced, child focused Independent Social Workers.  Our unique match maker approval system ensures that we offer you the jobs that best match your skills!

Registering as a client of Avocet can give you extra peace of mind when hiring an Independent Social Worker.  Avocet’s unique approval system ensures that our Independent Social Workers are appropriately qualified, have up to date CRB certificates and are experienced in the field of work you require.

Register today to ensure you benefit from Avocet’s experience!


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