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Secret Foster Carer: ‘Social workers should consider why a family owns a dog’

Following news that some councils are refusing to place children in foster homes with dogs, the secret foster carer shares her views

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Rotherham council to be taken over by five commissioners, Pickles announces

February 26,2015

Local government secretary said the council is “incapable” of tackling its weaknesses, exposed by damning Louise Casey report

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Thousands of social workers needed to fill frontline vacancies, official data reveals

February 26,2015

Experimental statistics from the Department for Education suggest a high percentage of social workers are leaving the frontline

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‘LGBT foster carers are very useful – we know what it’s like to be different but equal’

February 25,2015

Nicola Hill, a lesbian foster carer, shares her experiences and offers advice for prospective carers from the LGBT community

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Social workers given updated guidance on e-cigarette use by foster carers or adopters

February 24,2015

British Association of Adoption and Fostering now advises social workers to distinguish between e-cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes

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Council to commission out child protection in the biggest outsourcing ‘in a generation’

February 24,2015

Northamptonshire County Council will retain 150 of its 4,000 staff members in a £68m budget cut

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Labour pledges to put special child protection unit at heart of government

February 23,2015

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper outlines plans for specialist unit run by the Home Office and Department for Education

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Older teens found to be at greatest risk of abuse ahead of key debate on issue

February 20,2015

The Children's Society has found that one in 50 of 16- and 17-year-olds population are at risk of abuse and neglect, but do not have the same protection as younger children

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Family courts to do more to promote the voice of children in care proceedings

February 19,2015

Justice Minister Simon Hughes announced changes that will help children aged ten and above communicate their views in family courts

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England’s top family judge criticises social workers for acting as ‘guardians of morality’

February 18,2015

Sir James Munby found social workers at Darlington council to be "hapless", but decided to protect their identity in judgment

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Family drug and alcohol courts to be rolled out nationally following funding boost

February 18,2015

New courts will be established around the country to help parents struggling with complex substance abuse problems

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‘Where has the ‘care’ in the care system gone?’ A review of C4′s Kicked Out Kids

February 18,2015

Author and former care leaver Jenny Molloy reviews the Channel 4 documentary Kicked Out Kids, and the care system it depicts

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“Kids in care should have a choice” – Reaction to C4′s Kicked Out Kids

February 18,2015

How social workers and the sector reacted to the Channel 4 documentary 'Kicked Out Kids' about young people leaving care

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Half of foster carers do not feel their role is valued by social work teams

February 18,2015

Research by the Fostering Network also revealed 53% of foster carers said they are not paid for fostering, on top of their allowances

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‘The social work office was stark and brutal’: BBC1′s The Casual Vacancy

February 17,2015

The dramatic impact of social work scenes in The Casual Vacancy come at the expense of reality, writes social worker Alan Fisher

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‘Don’t call me Mr Fixer’: an interim manager’s lessons learned turning around failing social services

February 17,2015

Mark Gurrey explains how you shift an organisation's culture, why things go wrong and why he's no 'Mr Fix-it'

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Progress on tackling child sexual exploitation not reaching social workers

February 17,2015

Office of the Children's Commissioner finds strong child sexual exploitation strategies do not always lead to effective frontline practice

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Teenager’s death could have been prevented by social care, finds SCR

February 16,2015

Serious case review finds lack of coordinated, holistic response to teenager's needs represented 'out of sight, out of mind' culture

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Care leavers’ experiences highlighted in new Channel 4 documentary

February 13,2015

Kicked Out Kids will follow the experiences of three young people leaving care, airing on Tuesday 17 February at 11pm

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