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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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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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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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Chief social worker announcement imminent, hints DfE

The identity of England’s first chief social workers could be revealed any day now. A final panel was due to sit on 23 April to decide who to appoint to the two roles, to represent social workers in children’s and adult services on the national stage. A spokesperson for the Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed […]

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Will the assessed year create a two-tier workforce?

Students and newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) gathered in the rather impressive surroundings of a room attached to St Botolph’s church in London last Wednesday*, to talk about their experiences of studying, working and, most importantly, finding a job. One issue kept cropping up: the assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE), which was rolled […]

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Social workers asked to lobby MPs for more support

I imagine, if asked whether they thought the government should provide more resources and support for social work teams, most social workers and managers would say yes. But what can individuals do to try and make this happen? Social work recruitment consultancy Liquid Personnel is running a campaign to increase support for frontline social workers […]

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‘Social work needs senior leaders with staying power’

Now more than ever, social work needs strong leaders who will stay the course and not buckle under pressure, says Nushra Mansuri, professional officer for the British Association of Social Workers. The growing list of local authorities rated as inadequate by Ofsted in light of the new inspection framework makes depressing reading. Sandwell is just […]

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Value your social workers? Pay fair mileage rates

Unions and employers are, inevitably, going to disagree on what is fair versus what is affordable when it comes to compensating staff for their travel costs. We know how much pressure councils are under to make savings. But if social workers need to use their cars for work, they should be fairly compensated. A flat […]

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‘Quantifying a protected caseload for newly qualified social workers is very difficult’

If some of the current challenges are ironed out, the assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE) could breed an emotionally resilient and research-hungry generation of social workers, says social worker Nikki Burton. So here I am, newly qualified, and the ASYE portfolio awaits. I am one of the ASYE guinea pigs, helping to improve […]

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