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Archive November 2019

Social Work and Society Political and Ideological Perspectives

Co-edited and co-written by  Ian Cummins, Salford University, and Sarah Pollock, Manchester Metropolitan University.

It is essential that social work students understand the lasting impact political decision making can have on service users, yet little guidance exists on this subject. This valuable book provides a comprehensive introduction to politics in social work, unifying the themes of political ideology and social construction across several areas of social work practice, including emerging areas of practice. The book:

  • Introduces the dominant political ideologies in the UK;
  • Examines the impact of these ideological perspectives on different demographic groups;
  • Explores emerging areas of growing political interest such as radicalisation;
  • Employs case studies and examples from practice to aid student understanding.

Including helpful key points to guide reading at the beginning of each chapter, as well as exercises for seminars and further reading recommendations, this text will be an invaluable resource to all students in social work.

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Greater Manchester Delivery of an Adult Social Work Practice Supervisors Development and Assessment Pathway.


Julie Lawrence was a member of the national Design and Development Working Group coordinated by Skills for Care throughout 2018-2019. The group consisted of senior staff across England. A valuable member was Professor Jan Fook who offered advice and guidance about the development of a suitable practice supervisor pathway, for social workers based within adult services.   

New Pilot Initiative in Adult Services

During 2018 Skills for Care supported a number of early Implementation Sites across England. The key message was to ‘test out’ the design and development of the evolving supervisor pathway over a six to twelve month period.

In Greater Manchester this included Bury and Trafford Local Authorities. Colleagues from MMU supported both implementation sites during this phase of the pathway development. This pathway is a portfolio based route to meet the required standards. 

Skills for Care have since coordinated a new National External Moderation Panel to support this work and it is planned to take place on Wednesday January 8 2020 in London. Julie Lawrence will be attending the panel meeting on behalf of the Greater Manchester Social Work Academy (GMSWA).

The GMSWA has supported the local development (GM) of a suitable supervisor pathway since 2018. Funding was provided to validate the importance of this national development. Implementation of the pathway is on-going at incremental stages across GM and England.

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council (TMBC)

Anna Jenkins (PSW) and Julie Lawrence (UoS) have negotiated a series of workshops for the benefit of a small group of staff who are interested in becoming a Practice Supervisor. The workshops have been created to firstly, inform staff and secondly, to enhance knowledge and skills. The workshops are focused upon the post-qualifying standards, which were published by the Department of Health and Social Care in December, 2018.

The pilot will be on-going throughout 2020. The intention is to encourage staff to build upon their supervisory experiences and create quality and effective experiences for themselves and the staff they supervise. This will ultimately have a positive impact upon the local residents of Tameside, in terms of providing Adult services which are appropriate to meet individual and family needs.

National Developments

There are also new open access videos from Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults and Gerry Nosowska, Chair of BASW, which aim to support the implementation of the Train the Trainer Supervisor Development Programme.
Here is the link:

Contact for more information:

Julie Lawrence:  | Anna Jenkins: