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Awareness Months, Weeks and Days

This month we have a variety of awareness days and weeks. Most importantly there is School Meals week and Anti-bullying week starting on the 12th with events taking place in schools across Devon. Kidscape and the Anti-Bullying Alliance have produced information packs for parents, professionals and schools in supporting children to understand how to ask for help and adults in how to recognise and deal with bullying.

The Anti-Bullying Alliance Website

Kidscape Website

Ditch the Label – Anti-Bullying

The 13th November is Kindness Day

Kindness Day UK is a nationally recognised day for the celebration of kindness in society and day to day life. Individual acts of kindness are encouraged on this day annually. It is a day to celebrate and promote kindness in all its forms. World Kindness Day falls on the same day and unites people in kindness globally.

Kindness Day

Universal Children’s Day is on the 20th

Universal Children’s Day is celebrated annually on 20th November. The goal of Universal Children’s day is to improve child welfare worldwide, promote and celebrate children’s rights and promote togetherness and awareness amongst all children.

Initially launched in 1954, Universal Children’s day has seen some milestone events in the field of child welfare. Marking the anniversary of the dates when the UN General assembly adopted both the declaration and convention of children’s rights. The convention sets out a number of children’s rights such as the rights to be protected from violence and discrimination and the rights to life, health and education.

UN Children’s Day

Interfaith dates – calendar of events and festivals available here Interfaith Calendar

Awards and recognition- Verity Sutcliffe

This week we are celebrating the work of our colleague Verity Sutcliffe, the Research in Practice Link Officer for DCC children’s service. Verity has been awarded the Link Officer of the Year Award by RiP in  recognition of the hard work she has done over the years to ensure that Evidence Based Practice is central to our work. In January Verity will be starting her Social Work training along with 5 other staff on the Open University bursary program. Well done Verity and good luck in your new adventures!

ASYE Program – New Cohorts – Cohort 21

We have Newly Qualified Social Workers commencing their ASYE program this autumn in all areas of Devon. They have completed their ASYE induction program and are now into their second month in their new teams and building caseloads. More NQSW’s are due to start in January having completed their Open University Ba’s. The Academy Social Work Development Officers have been meeting them to complete their learning plans and have reflective supervision sessions.

Graduate Certificate in Practice Education

In October 11 experienced Social Workers started the Graduate Certificate in Practice Education (GCPE). The have attended Day One of ‘Enabling Work Based Learning’ which is the first of 2 modules. They were a vibrant and thoughtful group who will be taking a Practice Educator role with a student in the next 6 months.

Call for your thoughts! – The Practice Educator Professional Standards are being reviewed by BASW. Two live events (webinars) are taking place on the 13th and 27th November. This is your opportunity to share your views on the draft of the refreshed PEPS and contribute to the development of the final product. Register here:

BASW’s PEP’s Link

Children’s Social Work BAME group;

BAME GROUP within the Social work Academy is in its early stages of development. Meetings take place every 3 months in different locations across the county to enable and encourage maximum involvement.

The Aims and Objectives of the group;
• To create a safe and supportive environment by means of having a confidential group supervision time to share their experiences.
• Advocacy for any BME issues in particular with DCC.
• A reflective group to look at issues BME SU’s/SW’s might face.
• To invite speakers/parties of interest to the group which are approached by all members to attend.
• To meet every three months with venue decided by the group.

Further information please contact Penn on

Next Meeting Thursday 6th December from 12 until 3pm:

Oaklands Court
Tiverton Way
EX16 6TG

There is also the regional Black & Minority Ethnic networking group for local authority social workers across the South West including Plymouth, Torbay, Cornwall and Devon. For further details contact Penn at the email address above.

Childrens Social Work in the Media

There is lots of activity on Twitter this month including Social Work England who is working to launch in 2019 as the new regulator of the social work profession in England. The organisation will operate at an arm’s length from government in order to be adaptable to changing demands. Its principle roles will be:

• Developing and maintaining a regulation framework for social workers
• Setting professional and educational standards
• Promoting public confidence in the social work profession

Hemingway Design have been appointed to develop a visual identity to communicate the mission of Social Work England and convey its personality as an organisation. They have created a questionnaire to gather insight that will be used to inform the values and narrative behind the design.

Help shape the future of an organisation that will represent all social workers across the country. HERE:

Social Work England