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Nominated officer sign off to be required before children placed in care voluntarily return home

Sign off to be required when children have been in care for more than 20 days and going home is part of care planning decisions

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Social workers could only need to visit children in long-term foster care placements twice a year

October 23,2014

The change is many set out by the Department for Education in response to its consultation on improving permanence for looked-after children

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Baby P documentary claims police briefed journalists against social workers

October 22,2014

‘Baby P: The Untold Story’ also features claims that Ofsted covered up positive inspection of Haringey following Peter Connelly’s death

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Life after leaving care: ‘There were times when I’ve rifled through bins’

October 23,2014

Care leaver Lee MacNeall reflects on his rocky journey from care to student union president and why care leavers need on-going support

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How does care leaver support in the UK compare with the rest of the world?

October 23,2014

The University of York's Mike Stein examines how support for British care leavers fares in comparison with those elsewhere in the world

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Student Social Worker: ‘I was coming in to placement feeling tired and demotivated’

October 23,2014

Student social worker Ricki Steed reflects on a restless period spent questioning whether she could work in child protection because of the emotional strain.

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‘I love social work but returning from annual leave should come with a health warning’

October 22,2014

Returning from annual leave should come with a health warning, writes a social worker in a children's services team

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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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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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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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‘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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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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