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Council rapped over ‘unacceptable’ delays in allocating social worker and personal budget

Local government ombudsman says Kingston council should pay out £10,000 to couple in recognition of distress caused

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Five ways social workers want the Care Act guidance strengthened

August 27,2014

We pull out some key points raised in consultation responses from The College of Social Work and BASW

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Tracy-Cullen

‘It’s really important to feel like your team values you’

August 27,2014

The Adults Team Leader of the Year says her team’s response to her 2013 Social Work Award win made the event a career highlight

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‘If you think you’ve got a really special service get out there and show people’

August 29,2014

With the entry deadline just days away, the 2013 Adults Team of the Year urges practitioners to put themselves forward for the Social Worker of the Year Awards

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Inspiring social care image captures “sheer thrill” of horse riding

August 28,2014

Another winning image from Community Care’s photography competition shows the positive benefits of horse riding for children with disabilities

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The danger of a ‘tell me what I want to hear’ culture in social services

August 26,2014

Blair McPherson on why a 'tell me what I long to hear' culture in a social services department should set alarm bells ringing

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“Your turn”: how one social worker faced her fear to help a service user

August 26,2014

Advanced care practitioner Heather Fuller reveals how she went diving in an attempt to win the trust of Mark, a motor neurone sufferer

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Inspiring social care image captures a “small moment of happiness”

August 22,2014

Another winning image from Community Care’s photography competition illustrates the importance of social inclusion for young people with autism

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CQC moves to shut two care homes over ‘serious lack’ of skilled staff

August 21,2014

Two care homes in Kent face closure after the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said it had identified a ‘serious’ lack of suitably skilled nursing staff, issues with care records, and poor leadership at the services.
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‘Backing newly qualified social workers is one of the best moves we’ve ever made’

August 19,2014

Social work service manager Rob Mitchell explains how his team's move to ringfence some posts for newly qualified staff has paid off

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Inspiring social care image winner captures fast-paced fun of chariot driving

August 15,2014

A winning image from Community Care’s social care photography competition shows “just what is possible” for young people with learning disabilities

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Care Act will increase legal burdens on social workers, warn directors

August 13,2014

Government claim that legislation will save social workers time by simplifying law is rejected by council chiefs

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How one council hopes a dedicated Dols team can help manage surge in cases

August 13,2014

Barnsley council explain their strategy to tackling a hike in cases triggered by landmark 'Cheshire West' court ruling

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The Care Act’s reforms to social care funding: key issues that need resolving

August 13,2014

It may be 18 months until the cap on care costs comes into force, but problems with the policy need to be addressed now, says Belinda Schwehr

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Social workers pulled from casework to clear backlog in deprivation of liberty referrals

August 13,2014

Warning that scramble for BIAs to cope with surge in referrals in wake of court ruling risks depleting social work teams

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Government must be prepared to increase Care Act funding, warn council chiefs

August 12,2014

Unpredictable costs from carers and self-funders could ramp up bill for implementing legislation, say adults' directors and councillors

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‘Streamlined deprivation of liberty process risks rubber-stamping local authority decisions’

August 11,2014

Sector reaction to plans to 'fast-track' the Court of Protection process for handling deprivation of liberty cases

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Court unveils plans to ‘fast track’ deprivation of liberty cases

August 8,2014

Some applications can be fast-tracked on paper evidence alone to help court cope with surge in applications, senior judge rules

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Report evaluating outsourced adult social work is met with radio silence

August 8,2014

The equivalent pilots of the outsourcing model in children's services provoked controversy but debate around the adults' model has been muted

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