Developments in Criminal Justice S33

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It’s a time of great change for Criminal Justice. The redesign consultation has chosen the 32 Local Authority configuration model. We want to discuss practitioners’ offer to help inform that consultation and ensure sound professional practice and effective work at the interface between the organisations, their partners and the service users. SASW can enable and empower this process. We will explore how practitioners can help inform and support links with SPS in the new Community Justice Structure, and discuss topical issues in criminal justice social work. Contributed by: SASW

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Developments in Criminal Justice S33

  1. 1. THE METAMORPHOSIS OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE SOCIAL WORK Retaining Professionalism when all else is transient .
  2. 2. Story So Far • CJS Redesign;32 L.A. model • Integration Agenda • SPS SW SLA review • Centralised proceduralism • Critical Resource Shortages • More cuts after referendum
  3. 3. Forum engagement; • Consultation on redesign, engagement with establishment • Consultation on E.M. (resources) • Child impact statements ( Children’s Bill) • Home visits and CJSWR Guidance • Proceduralism/bureaucracy; and practice displacement • Professional CPD
  4. 4. Tomorrow and beyond • Disparate models for planning and cooperating in LA CJS’s • Integration Agenda • Potential significant change to prison SW • Managing resource crisis after referendum • Reducing proceduralism & increasing Professional SW casework/practice
  5. 5. Maintaining Professionalism • Growing “vocationalism” (190k) • CPD on professional practice (not admin!) • Communicate/engage with wider profession • Use opportunities to inform and improve policy • Support issue-raising with solution promotion
  6. 6. Maintaining Professionalism • Need for a Qualified SW voice distinct from, but alongside “social care sector” voice. • Use that voice to advocate SW solutions and help integrate them. • Keeping the SW in CJSW; Time; Theory; individualised casework interventions. • Share….
  7. 7. What would restore or increase your own professionalism in CJSW? • What limits it, and what would free it? • How is your professionalism perceived in your organisation, and how would you improve that? • What would you need SASW or others to do at policy level? • What does your professional confidence need?

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