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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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What to expect from the new conduct system if your social work practice is questioned

Ever wondered what a fitness to practise hearing would be like? Here’s what I observed during a hearing last week at the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which regulates social workers in England. After presenting myself to the receptionist at the HCPC’s London headquarters, I was led down a winding corridor into the belly […]

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Social workers asked for views on fitness to practise

The Care Council for Wales is consulting on the development of fitness to practise rules for dealing with allegations against registered social workers, social care workers and students. The aim is to move from delivering public protection through assessing whether someone has committed misconduct to assessing whether, as a result of their actions, they are […]

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How successful have social enterprises been in delivering social care?

“Spinning out” to a social enterprise can be rewarding for social workers, as long as they agree the approach being taken from the very beginning, writes Social Enterprise UK’s head of policy, Ceri Jones. Social enterprises operating in health and social care are employee-led and accountable to their service users. While they’re independent, they’re not […]

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