Low morale in social work: global perspectives on empowering the sector

Kathy Stiell (our branch prez) sent this link to our blog. It is a good question the article is asking on how are we as a profession and as individuals are doing in our everyday practice? It seems in Ontario and more locally we are loosing important basic resources we have had in the past — necessary for the social determinants of health of the people we are trying to help. Do you find it harder to be a social worker?

excerpt from the panel discussion in the Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2014/sep/16/morale-social-work-global-perspectives

Vasilios Ioakimidis: “Low morale among social workers is not a UK specific problem. Across Europe, many social workers feel alienated and frustrated. There is strong evidence to suggest that there is a link between alienation of frontline practitioners and the dramatic cuts on social spending across Europe. Also, the stigmatisation of service users and the emergence of managerialism appear to be crucial factors affecting social work morale.”

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