Here at Knowsley Council Children’s Services, we have “champions” in place for various areas of social work.

What is a champion?

A champion is someone within our workforce, who stands out as a subject matter expert in that particular area. Most importantly, they are tasked with pulling together materials that help other social work professionals and owning a blog on that particular area.

For the first champion blog, welcome to Oliver Dorrell – who is our Research in Practice Champion!

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Oliver Dorrell – Research in Practice (RIP) Champion

My name is Oliver Dorrell, I’m a social worker in the Child Protection Team and the Champion for Research in Practice (RIP). As well as working in Knowsley’s Child Protection Team, I worked for other Child Protection teams in the North West as a Social Worker and Community Support Worker. Before my social work career, I worked in children’s homes and secure units around the UK.

My experience in these roles has made me recognise and value the appropriate use of research and informed practice guidance. This is why I am passionate about making the RIP resource as easy, usable and accessible as possible.

My role is to promote the RIP resource – pulling together the number of resources that RIP offer. These resources include lots of training, webinars, online resources and physical resources.

As the life of a social work professional can be incredibly busy, I think the best way to do this is to wrap everything up into a blog within topics and themes such as Contextual Safeguarding, domestic abuse and much more.

I’ll be doing this on a monthly basis so I hope you will find it useful – please get in touch with your thoughts and requests, I want to hear from you!

Physical resources

We now have a shelf (on the far wall behind CP) where all the RIP resources are kept. There are currently copies of the following available so please help yourself.

  • Understanding Self-Harm among Children and Adolescents
  • Responding to Self-Harm among Children and Adolescents
  • Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing in Children and Young People
  • Forced Marriage – Recognition and Response

Upcoming training

There is are two training sessions coming up in Huddersfield and Manchester. If you need any more information, please contact Jane Lyon-Axon.

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Poverty, inequality and proactive social work
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Young people and gangs
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Upcoming webinars

There is a webinar happening on Wednesday 18 March – Complexity and challenge: Triennial analysis of serious case reviews.

If there is enough interest and you want to book on as a group, a small conference room can be sourced.

Research in Practice blog

RIP’s own blog has so much content from a number of experts on a range of subjects.

Community Care Inform resources

As well as RIP, there is an excellent website called Community Care Inform. It has lots of resources, publications, articles, quick guides and podcasts.

‘Social Work Book Club’

We will be buying some books written on topics that we work with in Knowsley. The first book is County Lines, written by Jason Farrell. Jason has spent time with young people who have been exploited as well as the gangs who recruited them.

When the books arrive, I will let everyone know and people can sign them out.

I want to hear from you

I hope that this has been useful and usable, I will be publishing a new blog post each month containing resources, training and information. Future blog posts will have reviews, summaries, feedback about articles, podcasts and training.