During this, my last job, there was a seismic shift from having administrative assistants to do things for you, like answer the phone, type reports, send faxes print out reports etc, to working at home with laptops. We had to grapple with new technology, communicate almost entirely by email, and…

When people said they were working at home ten years ago, everyone said…..oh yeah……. shirking more like. What would we have thought of things today?

The best thing about my next workplace was being in a team. It was a locum post and therefore only temporary and gave me time…

I felt a chill go down my spine when yesterday I googled the company I went to work for when I had left the local authority . In 2016 they hit the headlines when two of their homes for very damaged children had to be closed down after terrified staff…

This is when a witness is called by the prosecution or by the defence but doesn’t say what is expected or in my case what I was ordered to say by the local authority. I resigned over it but I waited until I had my day in court. …

When my youngest went to school, I went back to university full time to finish my law exams. I would not have lasted a week but for two things — my parents ever supportive who collected the children from school and made their tea and meeting another mother to share…

A common ambition of girls of my generation was to meet ‘The One’. Many of my contemporaries hitched up with the boy they met in their teens and were married with a couple of kids by the time they were in their mid twenties. You were a geriatric mother by…

Well it wasn’t just me it was a friend, his sister and me. Holidays were very important in those days a chance to get away from the angst of work something to look forward to and I really sympathize with those with stressful jobs and home lives missing the joy…

I think I could be in danger of putting any aspiring social worker off , but better you go into it with your eyes open.

Every day was different and often unexpected. The people I worked with were interesting, well meaning often funny and rarely sh*ts. Many of the people…

Intermediate Treatment was another social work fashion in the early seventies. It involved getting young offenders into activities and hopefully diverting them from a life of crime.

At this time I had the good fortune to meet a chap with a yacht. It was through a friend who told me…

lizzie ewart-james

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