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Children's minister Edward Timpson

Councils will be forced to merge adoption services under new law

Department for Education says councils must join forces to boost rates and speed up processes

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‘No child is safe in this jail’: charity chief’s warning after damning Ofsted inspection

May 20,2015

Ofsted criticises ‘very poor’ staff behaviour and racial discrimination at child prison, while campaigners call for its immediate closure

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1,400 investigated in relation to historic child sex abuse

May 21,2015

The investigations included politicians and celebrities, while police project a huge rise in the number of child sex abuse incidents reported this year

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Caseloads fall and hot-desking ditched as Slough improves children’s social care

May 22,2015

Dr Krutika Pau, interim director of Slough’s children’s services, explains how the council has invested in social work to improve outcomes

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Child benefit cuts causing pressure for families and social care services

May 22,2015

Report from the End Child Poverty action group says one in five families affected by child benefit cuts are being forced to cut back on food and heating

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The overall winner of the 2015 Inspiring Images of Social Care competition was submitted by Equal Arts, a charity delivering arts and older people’s projects in NE England

Inspiring Images of Social Care 2015: The winners

May 22,2015

These 12 winning images from Community Care's third annual charity photo competition will brighten your day

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Lessons for social work practice from people’s stories of poverty

May 21,2015

A recent report into poverty gives the lie to the stereotypes of 'scroungers' and 'skivers' and provides valuable learning for social workers, says Karen Postle

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Top tips for foster carers looking after children with special educational needs

May 19,2015

Check out our top tips on navigating the special educational needs system, based on a new guide from The Who Cares? Trust

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Ofsted recognises the difficulties facing the sector but these are not of our making

May 19,2015

Ofsted's director of social care Debbie Jones responds to Professor Ray Jones' recent criticism of inspections

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Ofsted rates council inadequate after staff disruption causes inconsistency for children

May 19,2015

High staff turnover and usage of agency staff led to 'unacceptable delay' in children having needs met, finds Ofsted inspection into West Berkshire children's services

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‘We need to support the frontline to think differently,’ says ADSS Cymru chief

May 19,2015

Torfaen Council’s Sue Evans talks about the challenges of implementing Wales’ social care reforms

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Councils trying to break up foster placements due to cost, carers claim

May 15,2015

A small survey by the Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers found some carers believed their placements were being threatened

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Social workers investigate Katie Hopkins after controversial tweets

May 15,2015

The controversial reality TV star claims her high profile triggered referral to children's services

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Kinship care treated like the ‘Cinderella’ of permanence options, warns charity chief

May 14,2015

Family Rights Group compared plight of kinship carers to government focus on adoption in impassioned debate at Community Care Live

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Half of local authorities report increase in care applications

May 14,2015

53% of local authorities recorded an increase in the number of care applications per 10,000 children

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‘I felt heavy paranoia about my cases and I couldn’t switch off’

May 12,2015

A chaotic and heavy workload can feel smothering and all-consuming. A social worker shares her experience of burnout and returning to work

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New Children's Commissioner, Professor Sally Holland (L) and Lesley Griffiths AM (R)
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Welsh Children’s Commissioner: ‘I am the conscience sitting on the shoulder of government’

May 11,2015

Sally Holland wants children’s rights and experiences at the centre of all public service and government decisions

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How Community Care is supporting social care professionals

May 11,2015

Ruth Smith, content director at Community Care, explains the thinking behind Community Care’s rebrand, which launched today

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‘Ofsted doesn’t recognise the practice chaos and professional carnage it leaves in its wake’

May 7,2015

In the last in a series of reflections on the state of children's social work, Ray Jones turns to inspection and intervention and why Ofsted seems more about damaging than improving

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