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Social work diary: ‘He survived a nightmarish childhood we cannot imagine’

A challenging week prompts a social worker who works with refugees to reflect on life, loss and what makes the perfect team meeting Monday I get non-stop phone calls from various people involved with an isolated, elderly tenant. Not wanting to spend his money nor to accept any grants, he has minimum care twice a […]

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‘Social work is a noble and vital calling,’ says prime minister in speech to Tory party

David Cameron raised an unexpected cheer for social workers in his speech at the Conservative party conference today. However, typically, Cameron’s references to social work seemed to include only those working with children. Nestled in between references to adoption and the welfare system, the prime minister said: “Social work is a noble and vital calling. […]

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Workers to go on strike over unsociable hours change

Workers in a secure children’s home and in two local authority care homes will go on strike this Saturday over changes to rates for working unsociable hours. South Gloucestershire council is planning to change contracts for staff who work on weekends and nights from October alongside the introduction of the living wage for all staff. […]

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Social worker jailed for stealing over £31,000 from elderly clients

A social worker has been sent to jail for 15 months after stealing over £31,000 from elderly clients via council accounts set up for those unable to handle their own finances Lorraine Graves, 36, from Glebe Road in Hertford, pleaded guilty to seven counts of theft involving five victims between 2009 and 2011 in Cambridge […]

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Social worker cautioned for failing to report the whereabouts of a violent teenager

The social worker, who was providing supported lodgings for care leavers for a local authority, did not tell anyone that a teenager who had previously threatened one of the young people in her care had returned to the UK. By Judy Cooper A social worker has been given a three-year caution after she allowed care […]

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How can we achieve consistency across practice education?

A recent College of Social Work online debate highlighted a lack of consistency across practice educator assessments. Here, staff development officer and College representative Glynis Marsh looks at how we can achieve consistency across these assessments and ensure social work students’ needs are met. It appears the loss of the Practice Teaching Award affected our […]

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The social work assistant who helps families deal with a cancer diagnosis

Lara Perkins, a social work assistant for children and young people’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent, describes a challenging case during which she helped a terminally ill woman get married. When I took a call from a concerned nurse at The Royal Marsden Hospital in London about a newly-admitted patient back in May, there was nothing […]

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Increase in adult social care jobs but more are part-time

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The number of adult social care jobs has increased by about 4% between 2011 and 2012, an overall increase of 15% since 2009. The figures are in the annual Skills for Care report on the size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce. However there are fewer workers (1.5m) than there are […]

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Scie appoints former social worker as chief executive

A former social worker, Tony Hunter, has been appointed the new chief executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (Scie) Hunter is currently the chief executive of North East Lincolnshire council and senior vice-president of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (Solace). However, he started his career working as an adults’ and children’s […]

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How a group of opinionated social workers is driving change in Bristol council

Bristol is one of a handful of local authorities nationally to have set up a social work board, bringing together practitioners, senior managers and academics from local universities. Here, social worker Megan Robb explains why she joined the board. I’m sure we’ve all had occasions in our working lives when we thought: “If only senior […]

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