Community Care
  • Click to see all the latest social work and social care jobs

The lessons to be learnt from three recent high profile child abuse cases

Daniel Pelka (Credit: Rex Features)

In less than a month two high profile serious case reviews and a criminal trial have concluded, which all involved a mother killing one of her children, despite the involvement of several agencies in the child’s life. The first was the case of Daniel Pelka, a four-year-old living in Coventry who was singled out for […]

Continue Reading

Serious case review into murdered foster carer finds unusually good progress should ring alarm bells

Pic credit: Jens Hoare/Mood Boar/Rex Features

Social workers should be cautious if an abused child seems to be making unusually good progress, according to a serious case review into the murder of a 34-year-old woman by a 13-year-old boy she was fostering. But the review of the circumstances leading up to her murder concluded her death could not have been predicted […]

Continue Reading

‘Being filmed for a BBC documentary helped me reflect on my own practice’

Family intervention worker Vicki McKeown describes how being filmed for BBC1′s Britain’s Broken Families influenced her practice – and her decision to study for a masters in social work Fresh out of university, I knew exactly the sort of job I wanted to do. But this was easier said than done in the current job market. […]

Continue Reading

Book review: ‘An inspirational must-read for everyone involved in adoption’

Adoption social worker Sandra Freeman reviews No Matter What – An Adoptive Family’s Story of Hope, Love and Healing by Sally Donovan Sally Donovan has written No Matter What to share the journey she and her husband Rob made, from when they first try to have a baby of their own, through their infertility and their […]

Continue Reading

‘It feels like adoption has been singled out as the head teacher’s favourite so all the cool kids must take against it’

Credit: Rex features/West Coast Surfer/Mood Board

Adoptive parent and author Sally Donovan asks how adoption has become such a politically divisive issue, with the ‘social worker-hating right’ now in agreement with the ‘Michael Gove-detesting’ left. “We need a system that aims to prepare pupils to solve hard problems in calculus or be a poet or engineer — a system freed from […]

Continue Reading

Highest number of adoptions since 1992, reveal government figures

The number of children placed for adoption has risen by 15% over the last year, according to the latest government figures. The annual Looked After Children Statistical First Release shows that almost 4,000 children were adopted between April 2012 and March 2013, the highest number recorded any year since 1992. Edward Timpson, children and families […]

Continue Reading

Directors criticise Ofsted’s new single inspection framework

Credit: Image Broker/Rex Features

Directors of children’s services have criticised Ofsted’s new single inspection framework for using graded judgements and called for the introduction of ‘narrative judgements’ instead. The framework, published today, is designed to be much tougher with ‘good’ becoming the new standard and councils that would previously have been judged ‘adequate’ now labelled as ‘requiring improvement’. From […]

Continue Reading

NICE guidance to prevent behavioural problems in children

Picture credit: Rex Features

Children’s services departments should ensure vulnerable children under the age of five have access to high quality childcare outside of the home to help reduce behavioural problems according to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE). The briefing note for councils, based on existing NICE guidance, focuses on preventing behavioural and emotional problems in children. […]

Continue Reading

‘Calls to change child protection after Daniel Pelka’s death merely offer an illusion of security’

Daniel Pelka (Credit: Rex Features)

Social worker Abe Laurens reflects on the terrible death of four-year-old Daniel Pelka, and of his own 30-year wait for vital improvements to national child protection procedures and systems. You never become immune to the tragic stories behind child abuse inquiries, even though they reprise gut-wrenchingly familiar themes like a lack of professional communication and […]

Continue Reading

Haringey faces new challenge as politicians consider restructuring senior management

libbyblake

Rumours are circulating about the future of Haringey council’s director of children’s services, Libby Blake (pictured), as politicians contemplate a restructure of the council’s senior team. A spokesperson for the council said a consultation with staff would follow a vote by the corporate committee this week to restructure the senior team. There would be no […]

Continue Reading