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University of Bedfordshire academics launch new tool to help wellbeing of social workers

A new process to help improve organisational resilience in child and family social work has been launched by academics from the University of Bedfordshire.

Underpinned by 10 years of research into the wellbeing of social workers, Dr Louise Grant, Executive Dean for the School of Health and Social Sciences at the University of Bedfordshire, and Gail Kinman, Professor of Occupational Health Psychology, have designed the Social Work Organisational Resilience Diagnostic (SWORD) tool. This assesses the extent to which organisational factors and conditions support the wellbeing of their staff and promote optimum social work practice.

SWORD, which was co-produced with partners from across the Research in Practice children’s social care network, includes a diagnostic survey that will provide feedback to organisations and an associated workbook that contains targeted tasks and strategies to be used by social workers, leaders, and managers to support organisational improvements and promote best social work practice.

SWORD officially launched on Thursday 5 December at an event at University of Bedfordshire, which is the top ranking University in the UK for Social Work in the 2019 Guardian League tables. Alongside sector experts, Dr Grant discussed how the resource can be used to address some of the key challenges the profession is facing and how resilience can be built within organisations.

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