Past Events

In this area, we provide you with resources from some of the past events across the partnership.  It may include resources, evaluation and event recordings.

Cost of Living Crisis and its Implications for Children, Families and Social Work

Speakers

Brid Featherstone, Professor of Social Work at the University of Huddersfield.

Event SummaryOverview of the session

The event explored the research evidence on why the cost of living crisis is likely to increase pressures within families and therefore demands upon services.  Such services are, however, themselves under increasing strain in the aftermath of Covid and as a result of a decade of austerity.  The presentation identified possibilities for policy and practice responses that are poverty-aware and contribute towards supporting children and families in very challenging circumstances.

Resources and Links

The following resources and links were mentioned or are related to the session subject:

 


Reflective Practice and Self Care

Speakers

Ed Robson and Polly Sykes, Lecturer in Social Work at University of York.

Event SummaryOverview of the session

This seminar will provided the opportunity to reflect on both personal and professional self-care, it discussed the role of organisations in promoting self-care and celebrating achievement in the workplace.  They also introduced the ‘Schwartz Rounds’, a group reflective forum for discussing the emotional impact of our work.  This session provides evidence of Peer Reflection for your Social Work England CPD record.

Resources and Links

The following resources and links were mentioned or are related to the session subject:

All Teaching Partnership Local Authorities have resource toolkits available for Practice Educators to use with students on placement.  The toolkits include Reflective Practice cards and Self Care cards.  Please see your Practice Educator Consultants or NYCC Learning and Development Team.


World Social Work Day Annual Conference 2022

Event SummaryOverview of the session

World Social Work Day is a celebration and recognises the hard work and dedication of social workers on an international stage.  For World Social Work Day 2022 the Yorkshire Urban and Rural Social Work Teaching Partnership hosted this virtual event focusing on the World Social Work Day theme.

Guest speaker Dr Anna Gupta explored the theme ‘Leaving No One Behind’ in more depth and answered questions from participants.  During the event participants heard lived experiences, engaged in group discussions and had the opportunity to reflect on their own practice.

Resources and Links

The following resources and links were mentioned or are related to the session subject:


Practice Educator Event 2022

Speakers

Keynote Speaker  – Dr Suzanne Triggs, Coach Doctor

Sharing Resources Sessions:
Leeanne Olivant, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Huddersfield – ‘The Balloon Model’
Helen Wheat, Practice Educator Consultants, Kirklees Council – Mandela Model
Grace Adams and Ben Groves, CSW/service managers, City of York Council – Social Graces.

Event SummaryOverview of the session

The Yorkshire Urban and Rural Social Work Teaching Partnership recognises the key role that Practice Educators play in ensuring quality social work is taught, practiced and delivered.  This event provided a chance for our Partnership Practice Educators to be celebrated, to engage with key topics and people, to learn, reflect and develop.

Resources and Links

The following resources and links were mentioned or are related to the session subject:


Working with Men across the Life Course

Speakers

Brid Featherstone, Professor of Social Work at the University of Huddersfield.

Event SummaryOverview of the session

This session explores the issues facing men at different stages of the life course and differing approaches to working with them in areas such as mental health and child protection.

Resources and Links

The following resources and links were mentioned or are related to the session subject:


 

Anti-Racist Practice

Speakers

Kelly Devenney, Hannah Jobling, Nikita Somaiya, Shirleecia Ward, Polly Sykes and Jenny Threlfall – Lecturers, Researchers and Students – University of York – Department of Social Policy and Social Work

Event SummaryOverview of the session

In a society that treats ‘whiteness’ as the default, racist ideas and beliefs arise in all areas of life and work.  This session explored various aspects of anti-racism, including unconscious bias, in relation to social work practice.

Nikita talks about her lived experience

Resources and Links

The following resources and links were mentioned or are related to the session subject:


 

The Impact of Imprisonment on Children and Families

Speaker

Ben Raikes, Senior Lecturer, Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences, University of Huddersfield.

Event SummaryOverview of the session

This session draws attention to the negative impact that parental imprisonment can have on children.  Having a parent in prison is internationally recognised as one of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).  It considered how children are affected at all stages of the criminal justice system and used findings from the speaker’s research to consider the significance of stigma, disenfranchised grief and ambiguous loss for this group of children.

Bringing to the foreground the issues caused by maternal imprisonment as that generally causes more disruption for children than paternal imprisonment.  It linked to Lord Farmer’s influential 2019 report on strengthening family ties for mothers in prison and his recommendation to place experienced children’s social workers in all female prisons.


Resilience Masterclass – 8th October 2021

Speaker

Dr Tom Considine, Senior Lecturer, Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences, University of Huddersfield

Event SummaryOverview of the session

Resilience is increasingly recognised as a core skill for social work practice.  Arguably, it has taken on even greater significance in the light of COVID-19 and its effects on society.  Ostensibly, resilience is a laudable quality as it seeks to enhance the opportunity to thrive in the face of such adversity.

This session draws upon research with student social work practitioners, and practice educators, which offers a critique of the dominant view of resilience above and provides instead an original social model of resilience.  This approach advocates supportive networks to sustain resilient practice.

Research Results

The Teaching Partnership commissioned its partner, The University of Huddersfield, to carry out research into the resilience of partner social work teams in the light of the Covid19 pandemic. As part of this research, a usable toolkit was developed as a leaflet using the main themes from the findings of the research. The leaflet is a reference point for social work students and practitioners in working within the context of the pandemic and moving forward.  Click on the image below to open the toolkit.

A framework for developing resilient teams PDF document

 


World Social Work Day Event and Practice Educator Awards – 16th March 2021

Solidarity and global connectedness shone through at this virtual event hosted by the Yorkshire Urban and Rural Teaching Partnership.

The event has a host of speakers discussing subjects such as:

  • Practice Educator Wellbeing
  • Social Resilience and Social Work Practice
  • ‘Ubuntu: I am because we are’

In addition it hosted the Partnership’s Practice Educator of the Year Awards.

Watch the video of the days events

Resources and Links

The following resources and links were mentioned or are related to presentations on the day:


Social Work Leadership Event, 26th February 2020

The event was targeted at Social Work leaders, board members and service user groups within the partnership.  Over 60 delegates attended the first half of the day and heard senior representatives from across the Partnership talk about the importance of strong leadership in social work.   Themes covered included:

  • A strength based approach to social work: “People are experts in their own lives, Individuality matters”
  • Strength in Relationships : “Every child has a family and they can be found if we try”
  • Quality and values in social work: “Different roles, same goal”
  • Leadership from a university perspective: “Learning with and from each other”

Take a look at the Speakers Presentations.


National Teaching Partnership Conference, 14th November 2019

The Cheshire and Merseyside Social Work Teaching Partnership welcomed representatives from Teaching Partnerships across the country and partner agencies to Liverpool.  The theme of the conference was “celebrating success and sharing best practice” and a packed agenda ran through the day provoking discussions and providing lots of food for thought.

With a key note speech from Social Work England and a presentation of the Practice Supervisor Development Programme from Goldsmiths University of London.

See all the workshops and presentations below:-