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Gove: ‘My banker friends have it easy compared to social workers’

Frontline had its official launch last week and many familiar faces were in attendance, from education secretary Michael Gove to Labour peer Lord Adonis, chief social worker Isabelle Trowler, College of Social Work chief Annie Hudson, Cafcass chief Anthony Douglas and Professor Julian Le Grand. The Frontline team is clearly good at getting to know […]

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Audio slideshow: Social work on the set of 24 Hours in A&E

Fans of Channel 4′s 24 Hours in A&E will be familiar with the emotional rollercoaster experienced by the patients, nurses and doctors on a daily basis in King’s College Hospital’s emergency department, south London. But one person who never appears on camera is the department’s only on-site social worker, Karl Mason. Many of the patients he deals […]

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‘A skilled care worker is well worth the living wage’

Local authorities have a role to play in making sure care workers are properly remunerated for looking after our most vulnerable, says Sherry Malik, director of children and adults for the London Borough of Hounslow. The economic recovery may be underway, but research suggests the upturn won’t help the lower paid and living standards are […]

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The books social workers recommend as good reads for students

In recent weeks  Andrew Ellery and I asked social workers to send us recommendations of books that would be good reads for social work students, both academic texts and fiction. As you’ll see from the list below, the response was pretty overwhelming. We had a huge variety of suggestions sent to us via Twitter and […]

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Social work diary: ‘Independent social work offers freedom but building business is tough’

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My new role as an independent social worker is a long way from my previous posts in local authorities, writes an anonymous social worker. Monday It’s Monday morning and my partner goes to work. The house is mine to clean and tidy before he gets home. In-between the hoovering and dusting I’m going to meet […]

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‘We need to look deeper into why people are aggressive towards social care staff’

Community Care’s survey on violence against social care workers, which found that 80% had experienced a verbal or physical attack during the previous year, is just the tip of the iceberg, argues Dr Siobhan Laird from the Centre for Social Work at the University of Nottingham. An analysis of serious case reviews reveals that some parents […]

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‘Why we need more voluntary sector placements for social work students’

Voluntary sector organisations play an essential role in making sure that the next generation of social workers is well equipped to provide a high quality service, says Eileen Docherty, registered social worker, practice educator and College of Social Work helpdesk manager. One of the key issues to have emerged from the College’s recent online debate […]

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‘Tackling violence in social care? I wish there was a simple answer’

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Our annual report on violence against social care staff shows level remain high, which is no surprise given little is being done at a national level to tackle this issue. So we asked some senior people in the sector, have you ever experienced violence at work? And what do you think should be done to […]

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Social care workers attacked with spades, knives, chairs and needles

Sixty-five social care workers responding to our 2013 violence survey told us they have been attacked with an object during the course of their work. Here’s what they were attacked with (click on the image to see a larger version): Survey sponsored by: Editorial content is independent of the sponsor http://www.communitycare.co.uk/unison

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Can you teach social work students professional confidence in one year?

The people behind Frontline may be pointing the way on practice education, but there are still major concerns about its delivery that need to be addressed, argues Ray Jones, professor of social work at Kingston University.   Frontline is being launched in a blaze of self-publicity. Bright graduates from the top prestigious universities who do the short-circuited […]

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