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How social workers are supporting people with HIV and cognitive impairment to regain independence 

1 Dec 17

HIV/AIDS hit the headlines as a “new” disease back in the 1980s.


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How can senior managers lead social work practice more effectively? 

30 Nov 17

An article by Brendan Clifford in September 2017 prompted renewed debate about a topic which has occupied many in the profession – and in government – in recent years; how to improve the effectiveness of practice leadership across children’s …


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Social Worker of the Year Awards 2017: The winners 

24 Nov 17

A hospital social worker described by her colleagues as “approaching every case with passion and commitment” has been named Social Worker of the Year for 2017.


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Large-scale contracting out of children’s services ‘on the doorstep’, report says 

23 Nov 17

Pressures on local authorities to produce good outcomes for children with shrinking budgets could open the door to large-scale contracting out of services, a report by healthcare consultancy Laing Buisson has said.


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‘Social work must challenge political and public anxieties about child protection’ 

15 Nov 17

By Jo Warner Ten years after the death of Peter Connelly, or ‘Baby P’, it is right that we should reflect on what has happened since.


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Gender should be a side issue in debates over social work’s diversity 

14 Nov 17

by Mollie Heywood Stereotypically labelled as ‘women’s work’, social work is a profession that can impact every single aspect of society in some way or another.


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Ofsted praises council for improving social work practice despite staff turnover concerns 

10 Nov 17

Improving social work practice has been praised in an ‘inadequate’-rated children’s service.


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Personalisation is dying – and there’s little effort to rescue it  

10 Nov 17

By Simon Stevens As a long-term service user, I have witnessed the rise of personalisation and now I believe I am witnessing its fall.


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Proposed change to Working Together guidance could leave social workers ‘exposed’ 

8 Nov 17

A minor change to the wording of the Working Together to Safeguard Children guidance could leave social workers “exposed”, it has been claimed.


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Council must meet mental health aftercare costs for man already awarded £3.5 million in damages 

8 Nov 17

A judge has dismissed a local authority’s appeal against providing mental health aftercare services to a man already awarded £3.5 million in damages for the accident that caused his personality disorder.


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How can we better integrate theory and practice in social work training? 

7 Nov 17

by Alison Domakin and Liz Curry Finding ways to effectively integrate theory and practice in social work education is a continual challenge and one that the profession has grappled with for many years.


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Social work and religion: ‘It is painful to look back on the views I held’ 

6 Nov 17

by Anonymous It has been interesting to follow the news of the court’s ruling to uphold the decision of Sheffield University’s Fitness to Practice panel regarding Felix Ngole’s removal from his masters in social work course last year.


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Judgment limits cases social workers will have to take to court regarding detention of young people 

2 Nov 17

by Mithran Samuel Luke Stevenson Parents will be able to consent to the detention of children aged 16 and 17 who lack the capacity to consent themselves, following a Court of Appeal judgement that overturned the previous law.


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Social work practice ‘stronger’ in Birmingham following caseload improvements, inspectors say 

23 Oct 17

Ofsted inspectors have said social work practice in an inadequate-rated children’s services is getting “stronger” following improvements to caseload levels.


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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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