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Cuts to safeguarding teams and looked-after children services as council spending drops

Local authorities also plan to shift more social work cases to non-qualified staff and cut back in bid to make savings, Community Care finds

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‘Law allowing children to stay with foster carers until 21 is confusing and discriminatory’

April 16,2014

Despite the rhetoric, new legal obligation will benefit a minority of young people and is a serious missed opportunity, writes Mark Kerr

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How legal guardians could improve the care and protection given to trafficked children

April 16,2014

A system of legal guardianship for child victims of trafficking is gaining momentum in government but what will the role look like in practice? Rachel Carter investigates

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What the Children and Families Act 2014 means for social work and social workers

April 16,2014

The Act includes reforms for adoption, special educational needs, children in care – and starts the process of change for children’s homes

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12 ways councils are targeting savings from children’s social services in 2014-15

April 16,2014

We look at different savings plans from local authority budgets in the coming financial year

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London councils lack data on children missing from care, finds report

April 15,2014

Liberal Democrat report finds serious gaps in data on runaway looked-after children in London

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Sir Martin Narey heads up new leadership board to drive adoption improvements

April 14,2014

New leadership board will be tasked with keeping local authorities ‘on track’ with their adoption targets, warns children’s minister

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‘Not all journalists or TV programme makers are on a mission to criticise social workers’

April 11,2014

Shelagh Beckett describes her role as a social work consultant on the Channel 4 series 15,000 Kids and Counting

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Adoptions are ten times more likely to break down in teenage years, finds study

April 9,2014

Government-funded study reports that two-thirds of adoption break downs happen in adolescence

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Replay our live online discussion of episode two of Channel 4′s social work documentary

April 9,2014

Join us on Thursday at 9pm to discuss the latest episode of Channel 4′s ’15,000 kids and counting’

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Safety of new children’s home locations assessed from this month

April 9,2014

Independent Children’s Homes Association says reforms put too great a burden on residential child care providers

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‘My life changed dramatically once I was safe in residential child care’

April 7,2014

Jenny Molloy, author of the memoir Hackney Child, tells of the day she recently helped organise to celebrate residential child care

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Strengthening Families aids preparation but parents still feel disempowered, says study

April 7,2014

Researchers find that families still feel disempowered under West Berkshire’s approach to initial child protection conferences

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Ministers launch three new voluntary adoption agencies in £16m adoption drive

April 4,2014

£16m adoption fund is available until 2016 and includes an expansion fund to help existing agencies recruit more adopters

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‘Truly amazing’: 20 reasons you should feel proud to be a social worker

April 4,2014

Viewers’ reactions to the first episode of the Channel 4 social work series 15,000 Kids and Counting

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Association of Directors of Children’s Services appoints Hackney boss as president

April 2,2014

Alan Wood, Hackney’s director of children’s services, takes the helm at the ADCS

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Government urged to close legal loopholes that make children vulnerable to grooming

April 2,2014

Currently, police are prevented from intervening at the earliest possible opportunity, warn Barnardo’s and Sarah Champion MP

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Professionals missed chances to protect murdered baby, finds serious case review

April 1,2014

Serious case review into the death of Callum Wilson found failures in communication and recognition of risk

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Review seeks solutions for turning round inadequate children’s services

March 31,2014

Government orders inquiry to identify new options for intervening in failing councils following latest report on Birmingham’s troubled social services

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