Social Work Health Check Survey

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Closes 31 May 2022

Camden Social Work Health check CSSW

Dear colleagues,

It is required by the Local Government Association to undergo an annual health check.  To help us gain the views of our frontline staff, please share with us your opinions and comments by responding to the questions below.  

You will be asked your opinion by grading various areas of the service on a scale 1,2,3,4,5.  You will be able to comment on each area of the service you grade.  Comments are optional but encouraged. 

1. Are you a social worker for children or adults? Please tell us by selecting one of the two below:
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2. What is your role within social care?
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3. Are you a permanent, fixed term contract or agency member of staff? Please tick below.
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4. In the best organisations, caseloads and workloads feel safe and manageable for the majority of the time, in other organisations some social workers describe having excessive workloads and caseloads over an extended period of time. On a scale of 1 to 5, where do you think Camden sits on this spectrum? 1 = Caseloads and workloads feel excessive on an ongoing basis 5 = Caseloads and workloads feel manageable for the majority of the time
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5. Some social workers describe their jobs as highly bureaucratic with an unnecessary amount of form filling. In other services, there is a necessary level of administration but workers describe this as proportionate. Where on this spectrum do you think Camden sits? 1 = Overly bureaucratic with unnecessary form filling 5 = A proportionate and necessary level of administration
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6. In some organisations a blame culture does not exist. Occasional mistakes are accepted, jointly owned and the organisation makes sure that it learns from them. Some social workers describe their services as having a culture of blame. This makes them feel very anxious and vulnerable about the implications should something go wrong on one of their cases. On a scale of 1 to 5, where do you think Camden sits on this spectrum? 1 = A strong and pervasive culture of blame 5 = A supportive and reflective learning culture
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7. In some organisations, anxiety resulting from managing risk has resulted in decisions being pushed upwards. This can leave social workers feeling disempowered and lacking in confidence about their own judgement. In other organisations, decisions are taken at an appropriate level and there is no micro-management. Where do you think Camden lies on this spectrum? 1 = Lack of clarity about roles/decisions taken at a higher level then necessary/micro management 5 = Clarity about roles with workers confident to make decisions. Decisions taken at an appropriate level
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8. In some services, social workers describe having really poor resources and equipment. They do not have the tools they need to do their job. In other services, workers describe having adequate equipment and resources to support their role. Where on this spectrum do you think Camden lies? 1 = Resources and equipment are inadequate to undertake the role 5 = Resources and equipment appropriate to support the social work role
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9. Social workers say that it is really important to feel valued in their role. This can be about pay but is just as often about the respect afforded to them by colleagues, managers and the wider organisation. On a scale of 1 to 5 (where 1 is very poor and 5 is very good) - how valued do you feel with respect to each of the following?
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10. In the best organisations, supervision is given high priority, is received regularly and is of a high quality. In some services, social workers receive infrequent and low quality supervision. What is your experience of this in Camden? 1 = Low quality, infrequent supervision 5 = High quality and frequent supervision
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11. In some services, social workers say that there are really good training opportunities and say that training is prioritised. In other services, training opportunities are limited and frequently cancelled when there are other pressures. Where do you think Camden sits on this spectrum? 1 = Few training opportunities and little priority given to this aspect of work 5 = Good training opportunities. Training is prioritised.
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12. In some organisations, there is a clear career structure for social workers and a range of development opportunities. In others, social workers can quickly feel 'stuck' and do not see how they can progress in their career. Where do you think Camden lie on this spectrum? 1 = Very limited or no opportunities for career progression 5 = A clear career structure with development opportunities
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13. Some social workers describe feeling cared for by their organisation. They feel that their organisation prioritises and pays adequate attention to their wellbeing. In other organisations, workers say that little attention is paid to their wellbeing with no support in managing the stresses of their role. Based on your experience, where does Camden lie on this spectrum? 1 = Little or no attention paid to staff wellbeing and managing the stresses of the role 5 = Strong organisational commitment to staff wellbeing
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14. During COVID and the recovery phase our social workers have described feeling supported to cope with different ways of working, and to continue to apply the Camden Model of Social Work (CMSW) principles to practice. Based on your experience, where does Camden lie on this spectrum on a scale of 1 to 5? 1 = Little or no attention paid to staff wellbeing and managing the stresses of the role with the covid context 5 = Strong organisational commitment to staff wellbeing and the application of the practice model during COVID
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15. Social Workers often talk about the need to feel that they are 'making a difference'. In some organisations, a combination of factors means that they are able to achieve this. There is adequate time to spend in direct work with children and families. In other organisations, direct work with families is extremely limited and workers have no sense of 'making a difference'. What is your experience of where Camden lies on this spectrum? 1 = Little/no time for direct work with families - no sense of making a difference. 5 = Strong sense of making a difference achieved through direct work with families
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16. In Camden we have been developing our anti-racist social work practice and Camden is working towards being an anti-racist organisation. What is your experience of where Camden lies on this spectrum? 1: Little priority given to this aspect of work 5: Strong organisational commitment to anti-racist practice and being an anti-racist organisation
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17. Please use the space below to tell us any other comments you have which you may not have been able to tell us about in the questions above.