About Andy McNicoll

Andy McNicoll is Community Care's community editor, with responsibility for our social media and reader interaction and our coverage of mental health issues

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Government is treating vital scrutiny of its social work reforms as a distraction

May 23,2016

Editorial: The Children and Social Work Bill marks a radical overhaul of social work. It demands proper critique.

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Government bill paves way for criminal offences for social worker misconduct

May 23,2016

Children and Social Work Bill also links ‘social worker discipline’ to fitness-to-practise proceedings

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New legislation opens door to direct government regulation of social workers

May 20,2016

BASW raises concerns over move, warning standards must be independent of short-term government priorities

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Police release CCTV footage of gunmen who shot at social work offices

May 20,2016

Greater Manchester Police is urging anyone with information about the shooting to come forward

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How one area’s mental health teams are tackling the ‘scandal’ of out-of-area care

May 20,2016

Agencies in Bradford have joined forces to cut the number of adults in crisis being sent long distances for beds. Andy McNicoll reports.

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More mental health patients sent hundreds of miles for care due to local bed shortages

May 20,2016

Despite repeated calls to end the practice, the number of patients sent away from their local areas for acute admissions is rising

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The Prime Minister set out his reform plans in a Sunday Times piece last weekend

Government must end ‘unsubstantiated criticism’ of social workers and engage on reforms – BASW

May 18,2016

Professional body says media attacks on social workers' professionalism are damaging morale and services

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Cameron to advance social work reforms through new legislation

May 18,2016

Queen's speech confirms government's intention to speed up adoptions and overhaul social work standards

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Government frustrated by ‘lack of options’ for outsourcing failing children’s services

May 16,2016

Poorly developed marketplace means children’s trust model is ‘effectively perpetuating local monopolies’, say market experts Laing Buisson

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‘Private matter’ boy shared with social worker should be withheld from parents, judge rules

May 16,2016

Court finds sharing "very private" information against wishes of boy involved in care proceedings could damage his trust in professionals

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Accreditation ‘risks creating second class workforce’ of social workers who fail tests

May 12,2016

Association of Directors of Children’s Services urges government to be alert to potential ‘unintended consequences’ of reform programme

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Social workers ‘feeling more valued’ under trust-run children’s services, claims minister

May 6,2016

Edward Timpson says early evidence from Doncaster suggests social workers feel more supported in trust

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Social workers who fail accreditation tests will keep registration, says Trowler

May 4,2016

Chief social worker for children also says 'jury is out' on future of principal social worker role in evidence session to education committee

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Watch: Eileen Munro on bureaucracy, blame and building a better future for social work

May 3,2016

View the full seminar from author of landmark review of child protection

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Munro: ‘Hotdesking is harming social work’

April 29,2016

Author of landmark child protection review says challenging poor working conditions for social workers is one of the ‘most important tasks ahead’

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Connor Sparrowhawk, 18, died while a patient at a Southern Health learning disability unit in 2013. His family have called for the trust's chief executive and board to resign.

Southern Health leadership under fire after CQC finds ‘serious’ patient safety concerns

April 29,2016

Regulator finds NHS Trust's leadership not proactive enough in addressing risks to mental health and learning disability patients

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