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Social workers criticised for ‘reprehensible’ behaviour in adoption case

A High Court judge accused social workers of making claims they “weren’t qualified to make”

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Martin Narey sparks controversy by challenging critical inspection of child jail

July 28,2015

Narey commissioned by G4S to do a follow up review on G4S-run secure training centre found to be ‘inadequate’ by inspectorates

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Special guardianship orders: are local authorities misusing them?

July 23,2015

As the government launches a review into special guardianship, Community Care investigates growing concern around the order

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British Association for Adoption and Fostering to close with immediate effect

July 31,2015

BAAF will transfer some of its functions to children's charity Coram under a newly created entity

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Social workers face increased caseloads as asylum seeking children dispersed

July 31,2015

LGA says government must fully fund councils who are stepping in to help Kent County Council cope with massive influx

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BASW Chair: Social workers must unite as a profession now

July 31,2015

Guy Shennan says the closure of the College of Social Work has been the trigger for historic meetings on social work unity

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What you need to know about private firms’ role in flagship children’s social care reforms

July 30,2015

Community Care looks at how private companies are involved in three of the government's key social care projects

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Private companies receiving a growing share of DfE funding for children’s social care

July 30,2015

Community Care research has found an average £3m a month of Department for Education money is going to private firms

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Practice leaders and supervisors in children’s social work face test on decision-making skills

July 29,2015

The government is consulting on standards for two new senior roles in children’s services

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Social work diary: ‘The family has responded well to the parenting classes’

July 29,2015

A children's social worker reflects on a week on the frontline...

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Dragon’s Den for care leavers? Unusual event invests in young people’s ambitions

July 29,2015

Run by charity Youth At Risk, the event had care leavers and young people who had experienced homeless pitch for investment into their future goals

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‘Dear Martin Narey – social work education must be more, not less, robust’

July 28,2015

A group of social workers and academics have written an open letter challenging government advisor Sir Martin Narey’s divisive comments about social work education.
The Social Workers Assembly, a grassroots body set up following the closure of the College of…

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‘The chief social worker is not the voice of our profession – we are’

July 27,2015

Jadwiga Leigh reflects on discussions with Isabelle Trowler and government adviser Martin Narey about the Criminalisation Bill, the college of social work and more

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Stand up for social work: Discuss the results of our burnout research with your manager

July 27,2015

Community Care research shows majority of social workers are emotionally exhausted with poor supervision making it worse

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Thousands of looked-after children forced to move school at least once a year

July 24,2015

An investigation by the Centre for Social Justice found almost a thousand children in care going moved school three times in a year

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Social workers shouldn’t fear ‘racist’ label when protecting girls from genital mutilation

July 23,2015

Home Office opens consultation on new statutory multi-agency guidance for how to tackle female genital mutilation

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Do we talk too much in social work?

July 23,2015

Academic Rhian Taylor ponders the importance of silence

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‘A Safe Place To Live’: A specialist home for children at risk of sexual exploitation

July 22,2015

Luke Stevenson explores Allen House, one of two children's home for girls at risk of sexual exploitation to open in London this month

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Councils urged to ‘step up’ safeguarding against female genital mutilation

July 22,2015

City University London and Equality Now have called for the safeguarding work to protect girls from genital mutilation to be stepped up

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