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Government rejects calls by MPs for a ban on B&Bs for care leavers

The Department for Education tells the Education Committee that a total ban on bed and breakfasts risks leaving young people with nowhere to go in emergencies

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Birmingham’s new children’s services boss quits before starting

October 17,2014

Appointed in August, McNally was undergoing an introductory period this month before formally beginning in November

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‘Baby P: The Untold Story’ TV documentary announced by BBC

October 16,2014

BBC documentary aims to reveal how some powerful institutions did not come under the spotlight whilst the attention was focused on social workers

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‘Residential childcare can provide opportunities for siblings to stay together’

October 21,2014

A looked-after children’s social worker makes the case for why residential childcare should not just be treated as the placement of ‘last resort’

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Children living with parental alcohol abuse are being missed by system, report finds

October 20,2014

A children's commissioner report has found children living with parental alcohol misuse are falling through the cracks

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Somerset sacks highest paid DCS because improvements are not fast enough

October 20,2014

Peter Lewis' contract has been terminated. Council boss says highest paid director of children's services in England does not offer 'value for money'

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More than 1,700 girls and women treated for genital mutilation in September

October 16,2014

New monthly NHS figures seek to expose extent of female genital mutilation in England

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Support for social workers is key to fixing failing services, says Slough’s new children’s commissioner

October 16,2014

Following last week's news that Slough will follow Doncaster and have its children's services moved into an independent trust, Community Care talks to key players Eleanor Brazil and Paul Moffat about the model

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Five ways to help deafblind children when implementing the SEN reforms

October 16,2014

Steve Rose of the deafblind charity Sense explains what practitioners need to know about the reforms to special educational needs

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How specialist social workers are supporting deaf children with mental health issues

October 15,2014

Community Care spends the day with a social worker from the NHS's national deaf CAMHS service

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Leaving care services are “not working for the most vulnerable” warns Action for Children

October 13,2014

More emotional support and the option to stay in care until 21 will help care leavers avoid instability and homelessness, says a report by the children's charity

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Care applications on the rise, Cafcass figures show

October 10,2014

Cafcass received a total of 902 applications last month compared to 843 the year before

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BASW ‘dismay’ over Isabelle Trowler’s skills statement for children’s social workers

October 10,2014

BASW says chief social worker's statement ignores non-statutory social work and could add bureaucracy to social work education

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Guidance released to help tackle rising tide of child abuse linked to witchcraft beliefs

October 10,2014

The numbers of allegations of abuse linked to belief in witchcraft and spirit possession have been rising steadily, says the Metropolitan Police

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‘They seem like such simple tasks but give a real insight into how the boy’s parents are with him, in real life situations’

October 9,2014

A NQSW reflects on how techniques to assess attachment helped her prepare a section 7 report for a child who desparately needed stability

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Open letter challenges Birmingham to reveal child protection funding plans

October 9,2014

Local social work activists and trade union urge council to demonstrate how children's services funding gap will be closed

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‘Don’t let politicians scapegoat social workers’

October 9,2014

Former director Blair McPherson discusses blame culture, high-profile resignations and politicians 'playing to the 10 o'clock news'

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The impact of the independent reviewing officer (IRO) on care planning and reviews for looked after children

October 8,2014

What the first research says on the role of the independent reviewing officer and the impact on practice

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Student social worker: ‘I felt hurt when I realised the grandmother had lied to me’

October 8,2014

Student social worker Ricki Steed looks back on her first experience of viability assessments during her child protection placement

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