Reflecting on your CPD

Reflecting on your CPD

All social workers registered with Social Work England are required to maintain and evidence their CPD before the annual renewal deadline in November each year.

From  1st December 2021 the following changes have been made about meeting the CPD requirements:

To meet the CPD requirements, you must record:

  • a minimum of 2 pieces of CPD, including
  • at least one piece of CPD with a peer reflection.

This event aims to :
Provide a reflective space for you to reflect on your CPD. The session will enable you to

  • Discuss what you have learnt from completing CPD, using one of your own examples
  • the positive impact the CPD activity has had (or will have) on your role, practice and the people you work with

Attending this event will not only support you in meeting the requirements for peer reflection, but will also count as 1 of the 2 pieces of CPD you are required to undertake

Who can attend ?
All registered Social Workers

Facilitator : Carol Stewart

Carol is Director of Chinara Enterprises ltd, and a registered social worker of over 25 years. She has been running these events for a number of years and supporting social workers in meeting the CPD requirements for the social work regulator.

Reflecting on your CPD

Reflecting on your CPD

All social workers registered with Social Work England are required to maintain and evidence their CPD before the annual renewal deadline in November each year.

From  1st December 2021 the following changes have been made about meeting the CPD requirements:

To meet the CPD requirements, you must record:

  • a minimum of 2 pieces of CPD, including
  • at least one piece of CPD with a peer reflection.

This event aims to :
Provide a reflective space for you to reflect on your CPD. The session will enable you to

  • Discuss what you have learnt from completing CPD, using one of your own examples
  • the positive impact the CPD activity has had (or will have) on your role, practice and the people you work with

Attending this event will not only support you in meeting the requirements for peer reflection, but will also count as 1 of the 2 pieces of CPD you are required to undertake

Who can attend ?
All registered Social Workers

Facilitator : Carol Stewart

Carol is Director of Chinara Enterprises ltd, and a registered social worker of over 25 years. She has been running these events for a number of years and supporting social workers in meeting the CPD requirements for the social work regulator.

Celebrating 14 years ! My lowest point was also my highest point

Celebrating 14 years ! My lowest point was also my highest point

 

14 years ago today on April 16th I made a life changing decision.  So you are probably wondering how can the lowest point in my life also be the highest point in my life?

Have you ever tried to climb one of those climbing walls, or tried to go up a hill only to keep going back down again, and you feel like giving up?

Well in 2008 the year my marriage ended, the year that the UK was in a recession, when I was struggling financially, and I had health challenges, I made one of the biggest decisions of my life, that was to set up my own company.

Many people at that time questioned my decision, and were not always very encouraging. There were some very difficult times ahead of me, I lost my home that I was living in for 10 years, and had to start again with two children to care for.

During my hardest of times I met and was supported by some very amazing people, who took a chance on me and my vision, and have remained form friends to this day, and have stood by me through thick and thin. On my darkest of days they were there, and on my brightest of days they were there for me.

You see just like that climbing wall that always got the better of me I could easily have given up, but I chose to continue because I have faith in what I want to achieve, faith in the vision, and wanted to be a role model for my children and to be able to provide for them, at the same time make a difference to those who I encountered on my journey.

The other day I facilitated a team building session, and I spoke about journeys. We spoke about how the team journey started, the continued journey and the final destination. Just like that team, my 14 years has been the most amazing journey. I have been blessed to have worked with some of the most amazing and inspirational people on my journey, some have stayed with me and some have moved onto other journeys, some were only meant to be with me for a particular part of my journey.

I started Chinara Enterprises to enable me to do the things that I am most passionate about, that I enjoy and to make a difference to the lives of others, be it through learning and development, consultancy, putting on live shows and concerts with the like of Junior Giscombe, Beverley Knight, or offering mentoring.

Chinara Team at Enfield

14 years and still still climbing that wall with the support and encouragement of so many people. Over the past 14 years Chinara Enterprises has worked with over 30 organisations, nearly 700 members, and over 1000 on our mailing list and growing each day !

Some of our biggest projects to date have been with the Local Government Association, where we are really proud to have developed and delivered the learning and development programme for the national Return to Social Work Programme for 3 years, as well as the Social Work Together Essentials programme.

RTSW graduation event

We have been at the forefront of discussions with regards to agency social workers learning and development, and are pleased to be engaging with Social Work England on supporting social workers in the independent sector.

We are immensely proud of our working relationship with Kings College London, Making Research Count, on the Return to Social Work Programme, Social Work Together Essentials as well as supporting agency social worker training.

Over the years the Chinara Enterprises team has expanded, and we now have a team of associates across the UK working with us on various contracts. People often ask me, how do you do it? ! If it was not for my amazing team, including Jame Blewett, Professor Jill Manthorpe, George Smalling, Shahilla Barok, Jan Carpenter, Jennifer Orgill, Jill Webb, Sarah Jones, Fiona Bryan, Toni Mitchell, Sue Skrobanski, Sue Conn, Andrea Goddard, Tosin Mason, my right hand person Stephanie Brown who has stuck with me for 14 years, my accountant,  my insurance broker ,Lloyds Bank, my business mentor Michael Cheesman, my son and my dearly departed daughter,  Beverley Knight , Orlando Gittens, Dj Bigger, DJ Munro, Everett Henry,  Mi Soul Radio, Calvin Francis, Archie Dee, my Web team Delton Digital, Jade Consulting, Eli and Heather Thompson, Aadil Rasheed, Tony Matthews, Andy Franklin, Nigel Bee, Natty B, Kush Films, Sherry Ann Dixon , BeautyPac , Romero Bryan, Bryan Chambers, Angie Le Mar, Jahson, Don E, Hughie Crawford, ITV Meridian, BBC South East Today and BBC Radio Kent, to name a few ! Countless friends and family, all of this would not be achieved. Also had it not been for our many clients who took a chance on us, and appreciate what we do, we would not be where we are today.

So my message to you who are reading this is.. There may be times in your life when you are at your lowest point, do not give up, that point in your life can be the moment you decide to make a positive change, and make what was the lowest point in your life your highest one !

Stay blessed and thank you for reading

Going to finish up with one of my favourite inspirational songs from my dear friend and  someone who I call family Beverley Knight 

Thank you all !

 

Consultation launched on the Liberty Protection Safeguards Code of Practice and Legislation

Consultation launched on the Liberty Protection Safeguards Code of Practice and Legislation

What a busy month it has been ! We had an amazing event at the start of Social Work England Social Work week,  talking about young people at risk of criminal exploitation, with over 50 people attending.

Tanayah spoke in depth about his own personal journey from a life of crime to now being one of the UK’s leading experts on working with young people who are exploited.

As you know this was a free event as part of Social Work week, we are hoping to run it again for a fee, and will update you.

Last year we had one of the UK’s leading lawyers in adult social care, mental capacity  and mental health, provide an overview of the Liberty Protection Safeguards and some of the proposed changes at that time.

We are now pleased to be able to welcome Tim back to present an overview on the recently launched and long awaited Code of Practice and legislation.

The government launched its consultation on the draft on March 17th, and we are pleased to bring this exclusive event to you all.

You can read a summary written by Tim in Community Care 

The seminar will take place on Tuesday 17th May 4.30 pm – 6pm online. 

To book your place click here 

Admission is £18 for  members including VAT and £30 for non members

You can also book places at our extensive range of events through our events page 

Effective working together to safeguarding children and families

Effective working together to safeguarding children and families

A reflective discussion and examination of some of the most recent criminal trials relating to child deaths.

To provide a space to reflect on lessons learnt and examine best practice in child safeguarding.

Recent reports of some of the deaths of children as a result of abuse and neglect, have once again highlighted some concerns about systemic failures within children’s social care, with much of the media focussing on the role of social workers, and not acknowledging the role of others. .

At a time when local authorities are struggling to recruit social workers, as a result of increased pressure on front  line services, this seminar will provide an opportunity to reflect on  the public perception of social workers, and the impact this has on personal and professional resilience for social workers.

It will provide a space for delegate to reflect on how they can continue to safeguard families especially during a pandemic

Who should attend?

This is for social workers/social care staff at all levels who work with children and families.

Date: Monday 7th  February 2022 6pm-7.30

Where: Online: Zoom link to be sent

Facilitators : James Blewett,  Independent trainer and consultant: James is an experienced qualified and registered social worker who has great experience in CPD and practice mentoring. James has run London Making Research (MRC) King’s College London for over 10 years and is widely respected in the London social work workforce sector. He brings a wealth of experience in supporting individual social workers and offering them guidance about practice and professional conduct.

Fee: Members £15 + VAT  total £18.00

Non members £25 + VAT : total £30