Beyond blame

As I discussed in my previous blog post, the language of social care is filled with words that blame people seeking and drawing on support. ‘Hard to reach’. ‘Refuses to engage’. ‘Frequent flyers’. ‘Carer breakdown’. ‘Bed blockers’. ‘Challenging behaviour’. ‘Non-compliant’. ‘Complex’. ‘Difficult’. ‘Vulnerable’. And many more. These terms don’t just feature in our conversations and … Continue reading Beyond blame

Recruiting robots: the language of social work job adverts

“Social work is about life, treasuring humanity, building connections, sharing and promoting fairness. It is about creativity, care and love - being there to help people overcome obstacles and oppressions that hold them back. For people using our services, a social worker should be someone to trust and believe in – someone who helps you … Continue reading Recruiting robots: the language of social work job adverts


The COVID-19 pandemic and the measures introduced to control the spread of the virus have challenged our identities. We’ve gained labels that change the way we are seen, and the way we see ourselves. Vulnerable. Shielding. Furloughed. Key worker. Carer. Hero. Isolating. Isolated. We’ve lost loved ones. Livelihoods. Connections to the people and places that … Continue reading Identity