Rural social work and dual relationships

Rural social work has many complexities not found in urban areas. Of these, dual relationships can be among the most challenging and rewarding. The complexity of managing layers of connection over time can have a profound impact on social workers' well-being, their social and family life. This event will explore these issues and look at how we support each other.

The session will also explore how providing a good service in times of austerity has become increasingly difficult for statutory and third sector services. The challenge is even greater for social workers in rural remote areas. The current global pandemic has accentuated some of our challenges while at the same time has created new opportunities and a new way of working.

Speakers include Gillian Ritch, a social worker practising in Orkney and Monica Nicolin, a children and families social worker with the Western Isles Council.