In Control has recently been running campaigns to raise
awareness of all the good work being done in the field of
personalisation to improve people's lives and help more and more
people live the life they choose.
Our #BeInControlXmas campaign showcased some
amazing stories and we are continuing the good news into the New
Year with our #FeelGoodInControl campaign.
But it's not just us that are realising the value of good news
A recent article in The Guardian's Social Care
Network by Lucie Heyes, who is a member of the College of Social
Work's Professional Assembly, raises the issue that all the
negativity we focus on when we are looking at the challenges we
face, and particularly in the media, is perpetuating the problems
we face in social care.
While very much in agreement that all public services and in
particular social services need to be accountable and constantly
challenged, she poses the very question our campaign's are trying
to change: Why is it so hard to tell positive news?
She goes on to ask some very pertinent questions around the
damage that this focus on negative stories is having - from the
damage this does to public trust and confidence in social services,
to low morale and a possible link to high staff turnover.
She also says that all this negativity can lead to a 'culture of
criticism and blame creates anxiety'.
She goes on to point out that if we want to improve the
experience of those who need support from social services, 'Good
practice cannot thrive in a culture of blame and fear'.
'Positive stories are more difficult to tell in social work than
they might be in health and education.'
But this shouldn't stop us from trying to tell the positive
stories. We encourage you to share your good news by contributing
to our #FeelGoodInControl campaign.
All you need to do is promote good news using the hashtag
#FeelGoodInControl and/or email us your good news story to firstname.lastname@example.org