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Barriers to learning: Why social workers are struggling with child sexual abuse cases

Social workers have criticised training and supervision on child sexual abuse. Community Care looks at the problems and solutions.

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Social workers struggling with emotional impact of child abuse cases, finds NSPCC

November 26,2014

NSPCC and Coventry University research finds social workers want more training and better supervision to deal with child sexual abuse

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Children’s outcomes ‘compromised’ as commissioners focus on balancing budgets

November 25,2014

Children’s Services Taskforce has called for a national framework for commissioners after finding many are conflicted

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Judge criticises social workers for ‘grossly overstated’ adoption evidence

November 28,2014

Judge Simon Jack criticises council's witnesses for being "visibly biased" in their attempts to support the local authority's case

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Principal social workers question need for new practice leader role

November 28,2014

Sector leaders say there is confusion about the new practice role and potential for duplication

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Social workers must not be afraid to challenge managers

November 24,2014

A newly qualified social worker reflects on what discussions at Community Care Live around fear and blame mean for her own practice

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Sir Keir Starmer warns against ‘witch hunting’ blame culture in social work

November 24,2014

Head of the Crown Prosecution Service tells Community Care Live that individuals are taking the blame for society's failings

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Children’s homes face tougher inspections as Ofsted proposes new framework

November 24,2014

Good will become the minimum standard children should expect, while inadequate in one area could lead to inadequate overall

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Social workers giving evidence in court now able to use a standard template

November 21,2014

The template will help fulfil the requirements for "balance sheet" evidence following the Re B-S case

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Shoesmith: ‘Social workers must stop allowing themselves to be the lame ducks’

November 21,2014

Former children's director warns blaming social workers is institutionalised within society and the profession itself

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Develop your social work career with Community Care’s Careers and Training Guide

November 20,2014

Find training courses and find out more about how to progress your social work career in our free 52-page Careers and Training Guide

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Grooming suspects banned from contact with girls under 18 in groundbreaking ruling

November 20,2014

Birmingham City Council secures injunctions against six men suspected of child sexual exploitation using Medieval law

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Austerity pressures are threatening children’s human rights, finds report

November 19,2014

Children's Rights Alliance warns England is struggling to meet the standards set by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

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Troubled Families programme makes case for devolving more responsibility to councils

November 19,2014

Report from London Councils argues the programme's success shows benefits of locally delivered interventions

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Student social worker: “I felt almost like ‘the enemy’”

November 19,2014

Student social worker Ricki Steed shares her difficult experiences in a court room and being at odds with her personal ideology of social work

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How is stress impacting the UK’s social workers?

November 19,2014

Help Community Care highlight how stress is affecting social workers by taking part in our anonymous survey

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Children at sexual exploitation risk because social workers can’t access good training

November 19,2014

Ofsted report identifies major failings in eight local authorities' responses to child sexual exploitation post Rotherham

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Is tackling neglect no longer the job of social workers?

November 18,2014

As child protection referrals continue to rise social workers are being forced to leave the issue of neglect to other professionals

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Rotherham’s child sexual exploitation policies ‘divorced from reality’, say MPs

November 18,2014

Report from Communities and Local Government Committee raised concerns that Ofsted may have failed children in Rotherham

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