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Welcome to the Rantings of The Disgruntled Social Worker

Systems are failing people. Let us be bring light to the darkness, and create change. Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken. — Oscar Wilde. Email me if there is a system impacting you or someone you love at thedisgruntledsocialworker@gmail.com Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates.

Are you the workplace bully?

There are many discussions and talk of work place bullying. We have all seen the posters at work, well at least I hope your work place is evolved enough to promote antibullying in the work place. But I would like you to consider if you may be perceived by someone as the bully. A bully [...]

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The difference between self-care and selfish

We often think self-care is selfish, but they are two very different things. Self-care the practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.Oxford Dictionaries Selfish (of a person, action, or motive) lacking consideration for other people; concerned chiefly with one's own personal profit or [...]

Stop using your children as pawns, your breaking them

I am seeing a common trend of parents fighting through our court systems relentlessly to gain sole custody of their children. At a first glance that statement sounds heroic, which in some instances is, however for the majority of cases I see its tragic. There are times when a parent is not the safest option [...]

What to do when your child refuses to go to school.

School refusal is on the rise. It is across all socio-economic spheres. Rich or poor, educated parents or uneducated parents, it plays no favouritism. It can be frustrating and at times devastating for parents to deal with. It also causes schools great frustration. But, it is ultimately the child who is most disadvantaged, as they [...]

Should your Child be able to negotiate whether they go to school today?

If you even contemplated saying yes to this question, we have a problem. Today more than ever, we have students not going to school and missing a substantial amount of days. Unlike the days of old, these students are not staying home to work and help support the family, they are staying home to play [...]

Hey Centrelink, have you thought about making your website user friendly

I have a university degree and have worked in social services for more years than I would like to admit. But I can't for the life of me find the information I need on your website. I often find myself needing to support clients to access your services, and today is no different to any [...]

Are you enabling your child’s bad behaviour?

Its hard to imagine someone would knowingly create a little demon child, but sometimes that is the fruits of our over loving parenting. Whaaaatttt!!!!!...………. did I just suggest you can over love your child. No, that is not what I am suggesting. I am saying that your unconditional love for your child may be blinding [...]

Put down the iPhone and look at your baby!

Sitting in a Café I noticed a Mum feeding her baby while looking intently at her phone. I soon realised she was not alone. Other Mums and Dads were there with their kids. Some toddlers had their own devices to stare at, while Mum and Dad played Candy Crush, shopped online and were twits on [...]

Funerals, to go or not to go. Whose decision is it?

Who here has had to face the argument at work, of justifying why you need a day or more off for a funeral or bereavement leave? I hear stories from people constantly (and have experienced myself the brutality of work places), telling people that the person they need to take time off for to grieve, [...]

Being elderly ………….

Imagine the day everyone you grew up with is dead or dying. The world you live in, you no longer understand. Everything is so complex now, you can no longer do banking and shopping like you used to. Not only is your physical health a barrier, but the systems and procedures for theses every day [...]

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