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Recognition Matters

Good Morning,

The Local Practitioner Forum would like to share with you all an amazing piece of work that has been completed by the Family Group Decision Making Team in conjunction with a Practice Team Social Worker and Edinburgh University. This is about relationship based social work practice and a theory of practice called Recognition Theory. A film has been made about this and launched yesterday.

Although the subject matter focusses on the work in Communities and Families it is entirely relevant for H&SC practitioners. It follows the story of a young women with issues with drug use who transforms her life with the right support and manages to stop using drugs and be a mother to her baby.

The film is available on the link below on you tube.

The three short promo films:

YouTube –

YouTube –

YouTube –

Google Drive  –

The Briefing –


You can subscribe to the channel here:

​The links to the main films are

Recognition Matters –

Azaria’s Story –

Please share this amongst your networks and once you have watched this please give feedback and join in discussion on the Recognition Matters group on Facebook and Twitter.

Kind regards

Heidi, David O, David C, Andrew, Lauren & Lynne

Edinburgh Local Practitioner Forum

Edinburgh Local Practitioner Forum 26/06/19

Thanks to all who attended and participated in the recent ELPF on 26 June 2019. A huge thanks to Keith Dyer who came to talk about celebrating success in Social Work, the recent Children’s Inspection and the Supervision Survey.

Please click on the below link to access the presentation slides:

QGR – 200619 – Edinburgh and Lothians Practitioner Forum

The next Forum will take place on 30 October 2019. Please keep an eye on your emails for the agenda nearer the time.

Edinburgh Local Practitioner Forum 10/04/19

Please click on the links below to access the presentation slides for the recent ELPF Meeting:

ELPF Presentation – to share

Understanding Traumatic Stress – October 2018

Trauma-informed services

Safety and stabilisation pdf

Staying Well November 2018

ELPF April Meeting 2018

Hello Everyone,

We would like to invite you to come along to the next ELPF which will take place at:


City Chambers – Council Chamber on Monday, 23rd April from 09.30 – 12:00.


The Forum is open to all front-line staff from students, newly qualified workers and our more experienced colleagues. It offers an opportunity for reflection, finding out about new developments across the city and discussion about how these things affect you in your work.


It would be great if you could block out time in your diary to attend. Remember, the ELPF can feature in your ‘Looking Forward’ Conversations and for new workers, can count towards your PRTL. There is also tea and coffee (complimentary, so even better) and a chance to get to speak to workers who you may not otherwise come into contact with.


Agenda for the meeting:


  • Edinburgh; A Restorative City- What does this mean and how does it affect us as workers?
  • SWIFT-  what are the good bits, what are the bits that could be better- this is your opportunity to feedback as the workers that are using the system on a daily basis.
  • ‘What’s important to me?’- In the context of end of life care, Andrew Reeves will discuss his research with Marie Curie and we will have a discussion about how we can use this question in our work with clients.


Hopefully the morning will be interesting for you all and will include something for everyone. Please share this amongst your networks and with anyone who you think would be interested.


Look forward to seeing you there,


Andrew, Dave, David, Heidi, Lauren, Leigh and Lynne



Mission impossible on a daily basis

Guardian survey of social workers finds 92% affected by austerity; 82% work overtime every day and 82% don’t pay enough heed to their own wellbeing

Research, conducted by Guardian Jobs in association with Affinity Workforce, asked more than 1,420 staff across the social work profession about their working lives and revealed that although the majority get real satisfaction from their jobs, they face huge pressures every day. Link to original article

Street Soccer

A new social football group has started at Leith Community Centre on Thursdays at 1pm, aimed at adults who may be experiencing homelessness, isolation, mental health issues, in recovery or are just looking to socialise and improve health and fitness. There is no cost. More details here.

Edinburgh Choose Life: Reflection Event for those touched by suicide

Please see the Poster for Reflection 13th September 2015 2 for details of the Reflection Event to be held at the Augustine United Church on Sunday 13 September.

Tuesday 26 May

Thanks to all who made it to the meeting yesterday. What a great afternoon!  As promised, here are the links:

Thistle Foundation

Thistle Foundation Presentation


The Annie Dow Heroism Award

The New School


If you enjoyed yesterday afternoon please spread the word!

Occupational Therapist Registration Requirements

Occupational therapists will be required to re-register with the Health and Care Professions Council later this year, and as part of this, will need to declare that they have suitable indemnity insurance in place.

The City of Edinburgh Council has ‘Officials’ Indemnity’ cover, which addresses the Council’s legal liability for neglect, error or omission by any employee in the performance of their duties, and Professional Indemnity, which caters for the Council’s legal liability for neglect, error or omission by any employee arising from professional services committed in connection with the business. Both policies are subject to normal terms and conditions in relation to Council activities.

This cover has been deemed to be sufficient to meet the Health Care Professions Council requirements. In addition, some professional bodies and trade unions also offer indemnity insurance as part of their membership benefits.

Further information can be found on the Health Care Professions Council website at

Next ELPF Meeting

World Social Work DayMarch 17th, 2020
Edinburgh Arts Centre

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