GIVE SOCIAL WORKERS 10% OF WORKING TIME FOR TRAINING AND SUPPORT
IN the 5th
step of a 10 stage campaign, UNISON, the UK’s leading public sector
union, is calling for social workers to be given the right to 10% of
their working time for continuing professional development. Social
workers also need time for related activities like reflective
practice, mentoring colleagues, supporting students and supporting
Helga Pile, UNISON national officer for social work, said:-
“10% of working time for training and support adds up to just over 3
hours a week for social workers. Surely this is not too much to ask?
In such a high-pressure environment, where decisions can mean life
changes for clients, it’s important that staff get the time they
need to make sure their skills are up to date.
Social workers have to deal with complex lives and complicated
legislation. Like other professionals such as lawyers and teachers
they need to continue developing their knowledge and expertise
throughout their careers.
We also think it is vital that experienced social workers have time
available to help newly qualified staff learn the ropes. So often
newly qualified social workers feel like they are dropped in at the
deep end – it's literally sink or swim. But it's times like this
when mistakes can happen, so giving them access to a mentor to guide
and support them would be a huge step forward.
Reflective practice is about making sure when decisions are made,
they are the right ones, and that staff learn any lessons they need.
Training and development is not a luxury - it is about making sure
children and vulnerable adults get the best possible support and
Together with Community Care, UNISON has developed a social work
contract, setting out a 10-point plan for boosting child protection.
Each week, the union is writing to key stakeholders in social work,
including the children's minister, shadow minister, and the Local
Government Association, highlighting one point of the plan, and
calling on them to give social workers their backing.
Master Barber’s Shop Brings Style to Resort
Wayfarers Shopping Arcade is proving it really is a cut above with
the addition of a traditional men’s barbers shop. Owner of The
Master Barber’s Shop, Robert Rix, has many years’ experience in
hairdressing and has previously worked at premier salons in London’s
West End, Kensington and Knightsbridge.
Master Hairdresser Robert, who lives in Birkdale, aims to bring a
quality, personal men’s grooming service to Southport, with an
emphasis on customer service, skill and hygiene.
“I will offer a full service to my clients, bringing back many
of the forgotten arts, such as sculpture cutting, precision razor
cutting, hot towel shaves, singeing and head and neck massage.
I will also run an advisory service for my clients where I
will recommend what treatments or styles might suit them best. I
think men are more fashion conscious now than they have ever been.”
says Robert, whose shop opened at the Lord Street arcade last week.
Robert is also one of just a handful of qualified wigmakers in the
UK who can make bespoke wigs, often for chemotherapy patients, but
also for fashion. The Master Barber’s Shop has a separate
consultation room so clients can discuss their needs and have
measurements taken in privacy. The human hair wigs take around six
to eight weeks to make.
Manager of the Wayfarers Shopping Arcade Yvonne Burns said:-
“We already have some top-class hair and beauty outlets for women in
the arcade and we are so pleased to be able to offer men the same
high-quality, personal service. The Master Barber’s Shop is an ideal
addition to our eclectic mix of retailers and we are sure it will be
a big hit with our customers.”
Robert, originally from Yorkshire, began his career as an apprentice
to a gentleman’s hairdresser, aged 15 and hopes to take on his own
apprentice barber in the future.