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Ofsted to publish more reports on ‘inadequate’ councils

May 31,2016

Ofsted will also make re-inspections of 'inadequate' children's services more proportionate, a consultation response has said

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‘Discredited’ serious case review model to be scrapped

May 31,2016

Government to replace SCRs with new ‘learning framework’ based on mix of local and national inquiries into child protection incidents

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‘Social workers were betrayed by covert filming – but Dispatches has lessons we shouldn’t ignore’

May 27,2016

Birmingham children's services needs to improve but there are some amazing staff there who do aspirational social work every day

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Dispatches social worker breaks silence on why she went undercover

May 26,2016

Community Care columnist Social Work Tutor asks 'Vicky' on her reasons for taking part in Channel 4 documentary on child protection

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Social worker praised for ‘commendable’ practice in case of Lithuanian boy

May 26,2016

A judge praised a social worker and children's guardian for "careful and comprehensive" analysis of the options available to an eight-year-old boy

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Are more children likely to be adopted as a result of government reforms?

May 26,2016

How do the Children and Social Work Bill's reforms advance the government's long-standing rhetoric on boosting adoption numbers?

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‘Social workers are in the spotlight: can we harness the attention for good?’

May 26,2016

Our profession, particularly child protection, is under intense scrutiny from media and government. How we respond will be crucial, writes Social Work Tutor

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Watch: Clips from undercover investigation into Birmingham children’s services

May 25,2016

Dispatches programme to raise concerns over special guardianship orders, high social worker caseloads and lack of supervision for staff

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Undercover documentary accelerated move to hand Birmingham children’s services to trust, leaked email reveals

May 24,2016

A leaked email sent by the Cabinet Member for Children's Services says the Dispatches documentary meant announcing the children's trust was brought forward by "some months"

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Laming: social workers should get legal duty to attend court with looked-after children

May 24,2016

A report looking at the link between care and custody found that the majority of children in care do not offend

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Children’s services in Birmingham to be run by independent trust

May 24,2016

It has emerged today that Birmingham council, which is at the centre of an undercover documentary to air this week, will set up a voluntary trust to run children's services

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Council’s poor management of social workers led to ‘drift and delay’, Ofsted finds

May 24,2016

The quality of child protection investigations were also found to be 'variable'

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Five things social workers need to know about the Children and Social Work Bill

May 24,2016

The government's new legislation promises an overhaul of social work. What does it mean for frontline staff?

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Government is treating vital scrutiny of its social work reforms as a distraction

May 23,2016

Editorial: The Children and Social Work Bill marks a radical overhaul of social work. It demands proper critique.

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Undercover documentary to shine light on social workers ‘struggling to cope’

May 23,2016

Details released by Channel 4 say Dispatches sent 'an experienced social worker' into the council to try and get a true picture of what is going on

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Social work bill gives government power to ‘exempt’ children’s services from legal duties

May 21,2016

Measures in Children and Social Work Bill will allow government to ‘test new ways of working’ by granting councils opt out from certain statutory duties

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