In fact they were the original foundations of the social work profession. This research paper Advocacy for a Change best practice paper models a highly successful process of advocacy innovated by a learning disability organisation and independently evaluated. Any practitioners with an interest in advocacy, achieving change with service-users and patients, social work and community practice will find the models, cases and stepped Model of Change illuminating. Also Speak Out have just released their latest, very accessible Impact Report.
Increasing diversity in job-recruiting – a trial that closed the racial gap has lessons for recruiters
Increasing diversity in the workforce is an important challenge. The public trust government services and companies more if they see that their social identity – race, gender, disability etc. – is reflected in the service being provided. Employers are therefore keen to improve the application rate and success rate of minority-group candidates. A recruitment campaign for a regional police service managed to increase by 50% the pass rate on a pre-employment test, amongst non-white candidates. They achieved this huge improvement by changing the wording of emailed information sent to candidates. How did this work and what are the practical implications for employers?