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Writing psychological thriller novel was ‘cathartic’, says social worker turned author

April 23,2015

White is the Coldest Colder is the debut novel of former police officer and child protection social worker John Nicholl

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Doncaster independent trust reports 75% fall in children missing from care

April 21,2015

With the help of a newly created role, missing children numbers reduced by almost 75% between January 2014 and January 2015

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Achieving for Children: Behind the scenes at the community interest company delivering ‘the future’ of children’s services

April 23,2015

Luke Stevenson spends a day at Achieving for Children, which delivers children's services independently of Kingston and Richmond councils

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Council with ‘oppressive’ culture no longer failing, inspectors report

April 23,2015

The Welsh social care inspectorate finds significant improvements in Neath Port Talbot children's services

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Social worker recorded false supervision record and forged supervisee’s signature

April 22,2015

HCPC rules social worker must only work at senior practitioner level and comply with strict conditions of practice for 12 months

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Social work diary: ‘The political soundbites ignore the skills needed for child protection’

April 22,2015

The bedroom tax, genetic disorders and political posturing feature in a challenging week for this children's social worker

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“I’m an iron fist in a velvet glove,” says incoming ADCS president

April 22,2015

Alison O'Sullivan plans to champion the extension of Staying Put provisions, as well as continuing her predecessor work on the reform agenda in her time as ADCS president

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Violence against children fell by nearly 20% in 2014, study reveals

April 22,2015

Lead author attributes downward trend to factors including improved child safeguarding since the Baby P case

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We need to talk about the dangers of overestimating risk

April 21,2015

Social work lecturer Rhian Taylor discusses the culture of assessing risk highly, and why it's not as consequence-free as you might think

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Birmingham improvement plan promises “relentless” focus on recruitment and retention

April 21,2015

Birmingham council also wants to promote a social work culture of learning and accountability to help improve child protection

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Peer violence in care: how prolific is it and what do social workers need to know?

April 21,2015

Christine Barter analyses how prolific peer violence is in the care system, and what needs to be done to help those suffering from it

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Election 2015: What would the main parties do for social work?

April 17,2015

A simple breakdown of the five main parties' biggest and most eye-catching plans for social care and social work

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‘Social work education is being shaped and changed by those with little understanding of social work’

April 16,2015

Early specialisation, excessive focus on technical competence and the neglect of post-qualifying education are storing up problems for the future, warns Ray Jones

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Ofsted’s national director for social care resigns

April 15,2015

Debbie Jones, who was in post for 18 months, will leave her role at the end of May

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UKIP would seek wholesale reform of Britain’s “clearly failing” child protection services, if elected

April 15,2015

In its manifesto published today, UKIP also pledged to abolish Monitor and the Care Quality Commission if it wins the general election

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Lib Dem manifesto promises to ‘radically transform’ mental health services

April 15,2015

Party also would fully integrate health and social care and introduce statutory code of conduct for care workers

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Play written by residential child care worker explores social work and life in care

April 15,2015

Day of the Flymo by award-winning playwright Paddy Campbell described as 'one of the most balanced' portrayals of social work

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Got a burning question on social care? Ask the experts at Community Care Live

April 14,2015

This year's 'Question Time' panellists have backgrounds in children's social work, adult safeguarding, service regulation and the media

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