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BASW writes to BBC over ‘cardboard cut-out’ social worker portrayal in EastEnders 

20 Oct 17

The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has sent an open letter to the BBC complaining about the “cardboard cut-out” portrayal of a social worker in EastEnders.


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Why and how social workers should use social media 

10 Oct 17

by Gordon Carson Luke Stevenson Social media’s role in social workers’ personal and professional lives has been hotly debated in the past few years, and inappropriate social media postings have even led to Health and Care Professions Council (…


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County’s integration of social care and health under fire from regulator 

9 Oct 17

“Urgent and significant” improvements to health and social care integration in Cornwall must be made if the county is to tackle ongoing problems with transfers of care, a review has found.


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Judge praises ‘focused’ social worker for high-quality evidence in care proceedings 

5 Oct 17

A judge has praised a social worker for giving “focused”, “thoughtful” and “reflective” evidence in court.


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Be at the forefront of children’s social work 

5 Oct 17

If you’re an experienced social worker interested in joining a first-class team delivering a new and ground-breaking service, we’d like to hear from you.


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Social Worker of the Year Awards finalists announced 

3 Oct 17

More than 80 social workers and social work teams have been selected as finalists for the prestigious Social Work of the Year Awards.


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What the new looked-after children statistics don’t tell us 

3 Oct 17

By Paul Bywaters The latest DfE statistics on looked-after children (LAC) in England , out last week, highlight the continuing rise in the number of LAC – up another 3% this year – accompanied for the first time in five years by a rise in the …


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Social worker struck off after withholding information about sex-offender ex-partner 

2 Oct 17

An experienced social worker has been struck off from the register after misleading fellow professionals who became involved in her personal life when her ex-partner was investigated for child sex offences.


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What we’ve learned from moderating ASYE portfolios 

22 Sep 17

By Deborah Hadwin, workforce development officer at Solihull council, and Lesley Parish, practice facilitator at the University of Worcester The Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programme will be familiar to all social workers, but …


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Should written agreements still be a common part of child protection practice? 

21 Sep 17

‘Draconian’; ‘unsafe’; ‘knee jerk reaction’; ‘shoddy practice’.


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What we learned about social work in England by visiting America 

15 Sep 17

By Seanna Lassetter, Kelly Tighe and Professor Jon Glasby In the summer of 2017, a spate of gang-related shootings hit the headlines in Chicago.


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Social worker criticised for ‘factually impoverished’ evidence in court 

12 Sep 17

A social worker has been criticised after presenting some of the most “factually impoverished and unhelpful evidence” a judge had heard from a professional in court.


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Children’s Social Worker – Coventry 

11 Sep 17

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Judge criticises ‘egregious’ errors in child sexual abuse interview 

30 Aug 17

A judge has slammed poor practice during interviews of two sisters by a solicitor and a Cafcass children’s guardian, and their failure to pass on disclosures of sexual abuse.


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Inspector – London or Birmingham based 

14 Aug 17

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Has the principal social worker role made a difference? 

1 Aug 17

Principal social workers will discuss the impact their role has had and how to develop the right leadership skills for the job at a special forum at Community Care Live London.


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Apprenticeships will not ‘dumb down’ social work, say backers 

25 Jul 17

The planned introduction of social worker apprenticeships next year won’t “dumb down” or “dilute” the standards underpinning the profession, according to the team behind the scheme.


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Last chance to enter Social Worker of the Year Awards 

14 Jul 17

There is just one week left to enter the 2017 Social Worker of the Year Awards.


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‘Good social work is the answer to some of the big problems we have’ 

12 Jul 17

One of the most important roles in adults’ social work came out of a landmark review into England’s child protection system.


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How a social worker saved my life 

3 Jul 17

By Clenton Farquharson MBE The 16 th of February 1995 was an ordinary sort of Thursday, when for the second time in just a few short months, my life started to change completely and immeasurably.


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Learning disability hospital blocked from re-registering as care home 

30 Jun 17

A tribunal has backed the Care Quality Commission’s decision to block a care provider’s attempt to re-register a hospital ward as a care home for people with severe learning disabilities.


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Social work awards body appoints new board members 

30 Jun 17

The former director of children’s and adults’ services at Birmingham council has been appointed as chair of the Social Worker of the Year Awards.


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Risks vs rights: how social workers handle one of the toughest jobs in mental health 

29 Jun 17

One of the most important roles in our mental health system is also one of the least known about.


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Children’s principal social worker role ‘has failed spectacularly’ 

21 Jun 17

The principal social worker role has “failed spectacularly” in children’s services and could “disappear” in the next year, a leading expert has said.


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Why is social work obsessed with buying in external consultants? 

20 Jun 17

by Tony Stanley It seems that there is a lot of ‘knowledge-for-sale’ these days.


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Do my social workers fear a clued-up service user? 

7 Jun 17

By Simon Stevens, @simonstevens74 I’ve been a service user for 25 years.


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An ‘inadequate’-rated council’s efforts to cut caseloads and turnover are paying off 

25 May 17

When children’s services departments are hit with an ‘inadequate’ rating, dramatic changes often follow.


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Chief exec appointed to oversee new model for Birmingham children’s services 

10 May 17

The independent trust that will take on responsibility for children’s services in Birmingham has appointed its first chief executive.


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Disability campaigners to produce guidance for social workers 

3 May 17

Disability campaigners will produce guidelines for social workers on how to help service users become more physically active.


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Special guardianship orders: are they being used safely? 

27 Apr 17

Keegan Downer was 18-months-old when she was murdered by her special guardian.


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Safeguarding Boards Business Manager – Coventry 

18 Apr 17

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For independent social workers, legal aid-funded court work is no longer sustainable 

13 Apr 17

by Eddie O’Hara As a registered independent consultant social worker, I have for the last 17 years been providing a variety of courts throughout England and Wales with expert-witness family risk assessments to assist with process of safe removal or…


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It’s often hidden from view, but this child safeguarding work is vital 

13 Apr 17

By Adam Birchall As a principal social worker I thought I knew safeguarding like the back of my hand.


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Manageable caseloads and supported social workers: how to move on from ‘inadequate’ 

23 Mar 17

Change in any field is difficult to achieve, but in children’s services the price of not turning round failure is often high and public.


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What social work can learn from the teaching hospitals model 

21 Mar 17

The renewed focus on social work practice leadership is welcome and long overdue.


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‘You’ve got to recognise your limits’: a social services director on leaving a life of social work 

16 Mar 17

When Peter Hay started out as a social worker in Grimsby, his route through the Lincolnshire hills would be a daily reminder of the scale of the job he would dedicate his life to.


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The future of social work education in universities is under threat 

7 Mar 17

by June Thoburn, Brid Featherstone and Kate Morris Much attention has been paid to the climbdowns the government was forced into on key clauses in the Children and Social Work Bill last week, with critics labelling the handling of the bill a shambles.


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Council prioritised guardianship ‘irrespective of circumstances’, serious case review finds 

23 Feb 17

Flawed assessments and decision-making saw an 18-month-old girl placed under the care of a special guardian who went on to assault and murder her, a serious case review has found .


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Social workers criticised and named by judge cleared of wrongdoing by HCPC 

22 Feb 17

Three social workers who were named by a judge in an “exceptional” case which involved one of them lying on oath have been cleared of wrongdoing by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).


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‘Social care is ever-evolving – you need to be prepared to grow with it’ 

25 Jan 17

Skim-read Bianka Lang’s nomination for best children’s team leader – a title she won along with the overall title at the 2016’s Social Worker of the Year awards – and you get the sense of a manager who prefers to lead by example without …


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The new service models shaking up children’s social work 

19 Jan 17

This week England’s largest local authority cemented plans to shift its children’s services into an independent trust next year.


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Ofsted ratings do reflect local authority deprivation and spending 

18 Jan 17

by Paul Bywaters, Calum Webb and Tim Sparks One of the key children’s services policy fault lines in England in recent years has been whether deprivation or poverty have any influence over either the quality of family life or local authority …


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Senior Social Worker – Coventry, West Midlands 

17 Jan 17

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Most autism practice not supported by good evidence, finds study 

17 Jan 17

By Yo Dunn “Nearly a decade on [from the Autism Act] the needs of autistic people are still unmet”, according to the report of the National Autism Project , published today.


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Social workers to be involved in governance of new trust 

17 Jan 17

Social workers will get “a seat at the top table” of a new independent trust set to run Birmingham’s children’s services from 2018, according to council leaders.


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Social worker who grew up in care recognised in New Year honours 

4 Jan 17

A social worker who spent much of his childhood in care has been awarded an MBE in recognition of his work with children.


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Social work in 2016: a review of the year 

23 Dec 16

January The reform programme was set in track by David Cameron and Nicky Morgan (London News Pictures/REX/Shutterstock) In a shock move the government declares it will remove social worker regulation from the HCPC’s remit and set up a new body to …


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Why services need to understand the financial impact of care proceedings on parents 

19 Dec 16

by Surviving Safeguarding This time of year is an expensive one, undoubtedly so if you’re a parent.


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‘I’m the outcome of your work, and you’re doing a great job’ 

15 Dec 16

by Patrick Weir To say that the early years of actor and singer Hugh Maynard’s life were traumatic is an understatement.


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Council plans child protection cuts in face of ‘severe’ funding shortage 

9 Dec 16

Birmingham city council plans to cut staff from a specialist child protection assessment team due to the authority facing “unprecedented” financial pressures.







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