“Use of Humour in Case Management with High Risk Children and Families” Social Work Journal Club Chat 17/11/13 8pm GMT #swjcchat

10 11 2013

After my brief work-related hiatus, I propose starting with this article next week for a discussion “Use of Humour in Case Management with High Risk Children and Families” by Gilgun and Sharma and published in the British Journal of Social Work 2011 (vol 42 issue 3). The article is open access and I think it presents a lot of interesting points that can be extrapolated to the way we, as social workers, we do and could use humour in all the areas we work in. I don’t have any experience of working with children so hopefully others can join in with their own experiences in that perspective but having looked through the article, I think a lot of the situations and learning can be discussed in a broader sense.


Over the week, I’ll write up some of my thoughts and a summary of the article but read and enjoy and join me at the new, improved (hopefully, as it was chosen by democratically!) time of Sunday 17th November at 8pm GMT.


‘Personalisation Falls Short’ 18/7/13 (8pm BST)

7 07 2013

The first article to discuss is available free here . It is called “Personalisation Falls Short” and was published by British Journal of Social Work 2012 (1-17).

It raises some of the issues of the discrepancies between the ideal and promise of ‘personalisation’ and the practical experiences.


The questions that we will consider is:-

What is ‘personalisation’”? Does the definition in the article work? What would we add/take away? Can we define personalisation in 2 tweets? (there’s a challenge!)

Does this article reflect people’s experiences in practice?

How does the ‘market’ or ‘quasi-market’ affect the practice of personalisation? Do you have any examples from practice (obviously with awareness of confidentiality)?  Where has it worked? Where has it ‘not worked’?

Is Personalisation doomed in a period of cuts? Where does the hope for change lie? How can we, as social workers, affect it?

Is there anything we can do from frontline practice to make ‘things better’?


These are questions off the top of my head but if you have better ones or more interesting ones, add them in the comments. The week of the discussion, I’ll add some more thoughts about the article but go away and read and join me on the 18th July!