ExChange Wales has now firmly established its practitioner workshops as a key way of disseminating research findings to the social care workforce in Wales. The monthly workshops, held in both North and South Wales, enable practitioners from a range of social care settings to come together with leading academics to explore current research in their field and consider the implications it might have for their practice.
So far in 2017 practitioners have benefited from discussions on a range of topics. These include issues for practitioners working with those experiencing problems with their or someone else’s alcohol use, how practice can be adapted to work effectively with clients who require interpreters and issues relating to the relationship between deprivation and child protection. Feedback from the sessions has been very positive and has suggested that practitioners found the sessions relevant, valued the information provided and the chance to discuss it with both academics and other practitioners.
The next few months will provide opportunities for practitioners to explore research on a range of other subjects. These include an April session looking at how social workers can adapt their practice to identify the risks posed to clients from domestic abuse perpetrators, and a session in May on pregnancy and parenthood for young people in and leaving state care. Sessions are also coming up on child sexual exploitation, video interaction guidance, restorative approaches and making positive relationships matter in residential care.
Details of forthcoming events are available in the Events section of this site, and presentations and other resources from past events can be downloaded from the Events Archive.