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

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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‘Social work educators MUST connect with social media’: top tweets from #JSWEC 2013

Dominic Schneider picks out some of the top tweets from the Joint Social Work Education Conference

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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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Should civil servants be made to spend five days with social workers?

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has apparently instructed all of his civil servants (including ministers) to spend five days a year ‘on the shop floor’, shadowing doctors, nurses and other NHS staff.  Here, Bridget Robb, interim chief executive of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW), explains why she thinks the same should be done in […]

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Sponsored blog: How one council improved communication between managers and social workers

Heather Flinders, interim head of specialist children’s services at Southend-on-Sea council, explains how senior managers within the organisation – from chief executive to the heads of services – have improved the way they communicate with frontline staff. Like all councils in the UK, Southend-on-Sea stands in challenging times, with responses to public sector restructures, new […]

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