Have you ever read a headline in mainstream media reporting on social workers having done a good job? If you haven’t, my next question is ‘how does this impact on how those professionals FEEL? I suspect this can be applied more widely to safeguarding professionals in general. This was the conversation that began with reviews then expanded into social work & the media & social work world wide.
We touch on the ‘before & after’ since the Wood Review, what the independent chair role* is really like, plus some real life experiences of how our world is misunderstood & misreported in the media.
The conversation is relatable for any professional in the safeguarding and domestic abuse sector. It provides background for anyone involved in Local Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews, Safeguarding Adult Reviews & Domestic Homicide Reviews.
*David’s independent chair role was in Tameside not Thamesmead.
David is a Consultant, Podcaster and Presenter of the Socialworldpodcast.com ‘thoughts on the social world’, following 25 years working with and around the media to support child protection and the voice of social work.
He has over 35 years national and international experience in the field of social welfare. He is recognised as an independent expert on matters of child protection and parenting and have a broad, continuing, experience with the media.
Currently a member of the International Advisory Board at the Global Institute for Social Work–a world wide body and most recently invited to be a member of the Editorial, Oversight and Assurance Panel of the INEQE Safeguarding Group.
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International Advisory Board, Global Institute of Social Work
About Donna Ohdedar: Donna has 16 years public sector experience, including her last role as Head of Law for a leading metropolitan authority. Now a safeguarding adviser & trainer, Donna is involved in serious case reviews in both children’s and adults’ safeguarding, domestic homicide and is a SILP Reviewer and Mentor. Donna offers ‘SILP School’ her university accredited training course, CPD for reviewers & a free online network for leaders in review practice.
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