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Why don't you just leave him?

Over the past few weeks, we have been carrying out narrative story-telling writing workshops with the women in our group all of whom have been victims of domestic abuse at some time in their lives. Social work is a form of practice that involves listening to people telling their stories but I have noticed that although professionals want to hear the narratives families have to tell we don't always give people the time to tell their stories in the way they want to. Furthermore we don't always stop and properly listen to what we are being told. Yet story telling is vitally important in the building of relationships because it teaches us about ourselves and the lives of others. It is a unique w

Being Ready: How do we know when parents are ready to work with us?

The New Beginnings programme began in May this year and as I write this, it’s hard to believe that we are already over half way through the 24 week course. In fact, we are now at the stage where we are thinking about who will be in our next cohort in January 2019. Our first cohort currently consists of 5 women, all of whom were referred in by a social care professional in the hope that they would receive a therapeutic form of support; one which would help them recognise and build on their strengths so that they could improve the way they live their lives and those of their children. As we have moved through the past 13 weeks the women have learned a lot about the impact previous trauma can h