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Words to inspire: Social work and poetry 

8 Apr 16

By Rhian Taylor, social work lecturer, University of Kent A few weeks back on Community Care, Matt Bee wrote persuasively of how books and novels helped his social work practice as much as textbooks.


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Free webinar to address radicalisation practice challenges for social workers 

5 Apr 16

A free Community Care webinar in April  will address the challenges for social workers intervening in cases of suspected radicalisation and extremism.


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DfE troubleshooter to assess whether to outsource Dudley children’s services 

5 Apr 16

The Department for Education has sent a troubleshooter into Dudley council to decide whether to strip it of control of children’s social care.


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Seven priorities for improving the lives of people with autism 

5 Apr 16

By Susan Dunne Saturday 2 April was World Autism Awareness Day and we are now into the second ever World Autism Awareness Week.


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Are cuts laying councils open to the risk of more legal challenges? 

5 Apr 16

Yogi Amin, partner and national head of public law at Irwin Mitchell LLP  The Care Act 2014 has brought much needed clarity on the statutory obligations for councils to assess and provide social care.


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A fast-track future? What condensed social work training may mean for traditional courses 

30 Mar 16

The past few days have seen the government’s push for accelerated post-graduate social work training gather steam yet again.


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‘Inverse intervention law’ – are those most needing child protection least likely to get it? 

18 Mar 16

By Professor Kate Morris, Dr Will Mason, Professor Paul Bywaters, Professor Brid Featherstone, Professor Brigid Daniels, Dr Nughmana Mirza How do we understand social work decisions in the context of inequality and poverty? We already know families …


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Cameron’s social work reforms ignore social work retention ‘crisis’, inquiry told 

17 Mar 16

The government has been warned its social work reform programme does little to address a retention “crisis” facing the profession.


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Expelling social work student for anti-equal marriage Facebook posts was right move 

17 Mar 16

By Jessica Langston, social worker and PhD student at Birmingham University I want to respond to an article published last week by Felix Ngole .


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Too few CQC inspectors completing Mental Capacity Act training, watchdog admits 

11 Mar 16

Too few CQC inspectors have completed training on the Mental Capacity Act, despite providers’ practice in this area being a key plank of the regulator’s inspection regime.


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Tackling mate crime: ‘We focus on what keeps us safe, over what puts us at risk’ 

9 Mar 16

By Rod Landman, project officer, Association for Real Change For those unfamiliar with the concept, ‘mate crimes’ are perpetrated on vulnerable people living in the community, largely independently, by those who pretend to be their friends.


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How can we avoid failures in private sector care for the most vulnerable? 

9 Mar 16

Andrew Rome, founder of Revolution Consulting Today, private sector bodies provide a significant proportion of care for the most vulnerable in society.


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Foster carers accuse council of ‘exploitation’ over fee changes 

9 Mar 16

Experienced foster carers for young people with severe behavioural problems or health issues will see their fees cut by up to 50% unless they agree to promote Solihull council’s services and take placements out-of-hours, Community Care has learned.


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Be careful what you measure in child protection because it influences practice 

8 Mar 16

By Dr Rick Hood Child protection, a complex and politically sensitive area of practice, has long had an issue with performance.


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Shadowing my social workers is a powerful reminder to keep backing creative practice 

7 Mar 16

by Peter Hay, director for people at Birmingham City Council I’m not good at New Year resolutions but this year I made one and so far I’ve stuck to it! I promised to spend more time on the frontline of our services.


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Expert tips on how to improve your best interests assessor reports 

4 Mar 16

For best interests assessors (BIAs), being able to thoroughly explain and evidence their conclusions about whether someone is being deprived of their liberty in their best interests is vital because their report might be used in court.


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‘A lot of people are waiting for it to fail’: inside the first independent children’s trust 

3 Mar 16

Nestled between a sports shop and tattoo studio on Doncaster High Street is a blue building that’s home to one of the most significant children’s services departments in the country.


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Deprivation of liberty and young people – what social workers need to know 

1 Mar 16

by Neil Allen, barrister at 39 Essex Chambers The significance of deprivation of liberty for children’s and transition services became clear in March 2014 when the Supreme Court delivered its Cheshire West judgment  ( P v Cheshire West and Chester…


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Social Workers – Coventry 

29 Feb 16

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How migration and radicalisation are making British social work global 

24 Feb 16

A family with whom you’re working is thought to be at risk of leaving the UK to travel to Syria.


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What could ‘academy-style freedoms’ mean in children’s social care? 

18 Feb 16

You would be forgiven for missing the government celebrating success in social work amid all the recent talk of intervening in failure, driving up standards and the establishment of a new regulatory body.


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Frontline to curb university influence on fast-track social work curriculum 

17 Feb 16

Hundreds of trainee social workers will study a curriculum entirely designed and delivered by the Frontline programme under plans that will significantly reduce university input to the fast-track scheme.


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Investing in the future of Coventry’s children 

15 Feb 16

At Coventry City Counci l, we’re making a dynamic move to change the face of social care.


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Social workers threaten industrial action if government hands children’s services to independent trust 

11 Feb 16

Social workers in Sandwell could strike if plans to move children’s services into a trust are announced.


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Latest deprivation of liberty ruling has ‘huge implications’ for children’s social workers 

5 Feb 16

Children’s services face having to make scores of Court of Protection applications to authorise deprivation of liberty of 16 or 17-year-olds after a judge ruled parental consent was not sufficient.


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Behind the wire: meet the social workers supporting military families on an RAF base 

28 Jan 16

RAF Cosford, a base nestled in the green 10 miles out of Wolverhampton, is everything you expect a military barracks to be.


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Patchy implementation of the ASYE leaves newly qualified social workers facing unprotected caseloads 

27 Jan 16

Councils are often failing to protect the caseloads of newly qualified social workers, with some holding dozens of cases and being allocated complex investigations and legal work contrary to local authority policies, a Community Care investigation …


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Funding cut for generic social work training 

27 Jan 16

Government funding for students on generic social work courses is falling, figures show.


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Whistle-blowing and social media get focus in revised social work conduct standards 

26 Jan 16

Social workers must report concerns about the safety of service users and be open when things go wrong, according to revised standards of conduct published today the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).


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Children’s social workers and compulsory accreditation: what we know and what we don’t know 

19 Jan 16

After months of uncertainty, it was announced last Thursday that accreditation for children’s social workers will be made compulsory “as soon as possible”.


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One in four new children’s social workers will train on fast-track schemes by 2018 

15 Jan 16

Three thousand new children’s social workers will enter the profession by the ‘fast-track’ programmes Step Up to Social Work and Frontline by 2021.


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Social work hero: ‘Before I met her I was ready to give up social work’ 

14 Jan 16

This week’s social work hero is Lisa Harris, the principal social worker for children and families in Walsall.


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Huge rise in child refugee population leaves many councils struggling to cope 

13 Jan 16

Numbers of unaccompanied child refugees being looked after by local authorities nationwide, excluding Kent, have increased by an average of 55%, a Freedom of Information request by Community Care has revealed.


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How social workers should approach asylum age assessments 

6 Jan 16

By Richard Ross Refugees and migration are big issues again and, though many of those entering Europe via the Mediterranean have sought to reach their preferred destinations of Sweden and Germany, these wider movements have had some impact on the …


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New Year Honours List recognises social care professionals 

4 Jan 16

A leading social work academic whose research on adoption has helped improve practice is among a host of social care professionals recognised in the New Year honours list.


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Birmingham ordered to improve retention of children’s social workers 

17 Dec 15

Birmingham must implement a ‘credible’ strategy for recruiting and retaining children’s social workers by April 2016, the Department for Education has said.


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Social work office targeted in suspected arson attack 

16 Dec 15

A team of social workers in Sutton, South London were the targets of a suspected arson attack earlier this month.


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What happened when an elderly care home added a small petting farm? 

15 Dec 15

There’s something unusual about Neville Williams House and you hear it before you see it.


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How not to respond to criticism of your health or care organisation 

14 Dec 15

In October an inquest jury found neglect contributed to the death of 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk at a Southern Health NHS Trust learning disabilities unit.


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David Cameron to announce ‘landmark’ reforms to tackle ‘inadequate’ children’s services 

14 Dec 15

David Cameron will today announce an acceleration of plans to tackle failing children’s services which will make it easier for them to be removed from direct local authority control.


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Entrepreneurial approach can create true ‘champions for children’ 

11 Dec 15

By Nick Whitfield The arguments for shared services are well known to us all: economies of scale; the standardisation and consolidation of back office systems and functions, and greater consistency of service provision across a wider geographic area.


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Social workers praised for 40 years of ‘outstanding’ support to some of UK’s poorest communities 

1 Dec 15

“We did something very significant in this community for those first three years, there was something that people were touching, that they realised was different.


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Social Worker of the Year Awards 2015: The Winners 

27 Nov 15

A social worker who played an instrumental role in improving forensic mental health services for young people has become the Social Worker of the Year for 2015.


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A director who stands up for social work: our second social work hero 

26 Nov 15

Rachael Wardell, the corporate director of communities, with responsibility for children’s and adults’ services at West Berkshire council, has endeared herself to many with the transparency of her decision making, her diplomacy and, of course, …


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How social workers are helping health professionals understand mental capacity 

26 Nov 15

What is the project all about? Lots of people who should know about mental capacity issues don’t have the information they need.


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Council spending on essential items for children in need rose 20% under coalition 

25 Nov 15

The amount councils spent on basic amenities for families in crisis rose by 20% under the coalition government, research by Community Care has found.


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Social Worker – Walsall Up to £39k per annum 

23 Nov 15

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Section 20 arrangements shake-up expected for social workers following Munby guidance 

19 Nov 15

A mother is in hospital, having just had her fourth child.


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Council fined for halting adoption without evidence 

12 Nov 15

A council has been fined £5,200 after halting an adoption with “no evidence” to support its reasons.


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Who is your social work hero? 

6 Nov 15

We all know someone who is an inspirational social worker; someone who has made a real difference in our or someone else’s life.


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A child shouldn’t be at risk of serious self-harm being before being accepted for counselling 

3 Nov 15

by David Jones “My mum and dad had been arguing for months and the atmosphere at home was horrible.


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The current adoption narrative isn’t that different from the 18th century 

23 Oct 15

by Amanda Boorman For national adoption week, our contribution as a peer support charity –  www.


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Council that removed fostered children from their beds criticised for ‘knee-jerk’ response 

22 Oct 15

A council that removed children from a foster placement without showing it had considered their best interests has been criticised by the local government ombudsman .


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Mock court and free training in attachment feature at Community Care Live 

21 Oct 15

Community Care Live London is on 3 and 4 November and is set to be the biggest event yet.


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Government set to fund 2,000 fast-track children’s social work training places 

16 Oct 15

The government wants more than 2,000 children’s social workers to be trained on fast-track schemes by 2021.


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Social workers should be individually graded in inspections, says former ADCS president 

7 Oct 15

Individual social workers should be graded as part of wider service inspections, former Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) president Alan Wood said yesterday.


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‘Social workers are the ones who are expected to be tough’ 

7 Oct 15

“Counselling isn’t the same thing as supervision, but it’s a route I’ve taken when the job has felt particularly difficult, and for me that has been times when support has not been available,” says Jasmine*.


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‘I don’t like confrontation, so comedy helps me stay resilient’ 

7 Oct 15

Heard the one about the Australian social worker and the Irish social worker using laughter to challenge the impact of austerity? Many social workers say a sense of humour is essential to cope with the pressures of the job, the hoops and hurdles that…


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Finalists announced for Social Worker of the Year Awards 2015 

1 Oct 15

The shortlist of finalists for the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2015 has been announced.


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Family of Connor Sparrowhawk braced for inquest into his death at NHS unit 

30 Sep 15

On Monday the inquest into the death of 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk will begin at Oxford coroner’s court.