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‘He always listens and I don’t feel alone': children’s thoughts about their social workers

February 12,2016

As part of an award ceremony for children's social care, Somerset council asked children what they felt about their social workers

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Have your say on the future of children’s social work

February 12,2016

A number of consultations and inquires on proposed reforms are seeking views from the sector on the future of the profession

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Social workers threaten industrial action if government hands children’s services to independent trust

February 11,2016

Sandwell Unison members approve motion that means a ballot will be held if the government makes plans to move children's services outside of council control

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Blindspot: why social workers don’t always support contact between children and foster carers

February 11,2016

Not maintaining contact has been described as one former foster child as a 'living hell'

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Foster carer: ‘When you’re suddenly classed as not mattering it’s devastating’

February 11,2016

A foster carer and young person open up about their experiences of being denied contact after the placement broke down

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Evidence your social work practice with Inform’s expert-written guidance

February 11,2016

Community Care Inform Children is the essential learning and practice tool for all children’s social workers

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London children’s services leaders collaborate to drive down agency pay

February 11,2016

The memorandum of cooperation on children's agency social workers has been signed up to by 29 of the 32 London boroughs

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Judge recommends family group conferencing in non-accidental injury case

February 10,2016

Mr Justice Hayden called on the local authority to involve the whole family in making a care plan for two children

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Special guardianship regulations updated to strengthen assessments

February 9,2016

New rules, which will come into force at the end of February, focus on guardian's relationship with child and their future needs

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Motivational interviewing: “Now I listen more before jumping in with a possible solution”

February 9,2016

Ted Daszkiewicz explains how social workers in Merton are learning techniques to do genuine partnership working with young people and families

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Judge issues guidance for social workers when handling section 20 arrangements

February 9,2016

A judge has said written consent should be standard practice for social workers, in guidance on how recent judgments should inform their section 20 practice

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Social work in a refugee camp: ‘All we can do is bear witness to people’s trauma’

February 8,2016

Sharon Llewellyn describes the conditions of the refugee camp and the difficulties in helping children without traumatising them further

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Latest deprivation of liberty ruling has ‘huge implications’ for children’s social workers

February 5,2016

Experts say the case could soon be talked of as having a similar impact to Cheshire West itself in terms of the role of the state and its obligations to 16- and 17-year-olds

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Social work diary: ‘This week’s been fraught with communication problems’

February 5,2016

A social worker reflects on a week in child protection...

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‘Practice leadership is not about fighting the system – it’s about influence and reflection’

February 4,2016

'Making a difference' can feel like challenging the system but it isn't always the big bang ideas that lead to change, says Liz Shaw

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Children’s minister: ‘No correlation’ between spending and quality of children’s services

February 4,2016

Edward Timpson's comments came the day before the launch of an inquiry into the impact of cuts on children's services

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