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Special guardianship regulations updated to strengthen assessments

February 9,2016

New rules, which will come into force at the end of February, focus on guardian's relationship with child and their future needs

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Motivational interviewing: “Now I listen more before jumping in with a possible solution”

February 9,2016

Ted Daszkiewicz explains how social workers in Merton are learning techniques to do genuine partnership working with young people and families

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Judge issues guidance for social workers when handling section 20 arrangements

February 9,2016

A judge has said written consent should be standard practice for social workers, in guidance on how recent judgments should inform their section 20 practice

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Social work in a refugee camp: ‘All we can do is bear witness to people’s trauma’

February 8,2016

Sharon Llewellyn describes the conditions of the refugee camp and the difficulties in helping children without traumatising them further

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Latest deprivation of liberty ruling has ‘huge implications’ for children’s social workers

February 5,2016

Experts say the case could soon be talked of as having a similar impact to Cheshire West itself in terms of the role of the state and its obligations to 16- and 17-year-olds

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Social work diary: ‘This week’s been fraught with communication problems’

February 5,2016

A social worker reflects on a week in child protection...

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‘Practice leadership is not about fighting the system – it’s about influence and reflection’

February 4,2016

'Making a difference' can feel like challenging the system but it isn't always the big bang ideas that lead to change, says Liz Shaw

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Children’s minister: ‘No correlation’ between spending and quality of children’s services

February 4,2016

Edward Timpson's comments came the day before the launch of an inquiry into the impact of cuts on children's services

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Social work fast-track schemes: what we do and don’t know

February 3,2016

Fast-track training schemes will produce a quarter of all new children's social workers by 2018 but what's the impact of such rapid expansion?

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Foster carers and children ‘prevented’ from keeping in contact after separation

February 3,2016

The Fostering Network has called for the government to publish guidance to ensure social workers enable contact to continue

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Making a difference: a day in the life of a social work department

February 2,2016

Norfolk practitioners spent the day tweeting about their cases and work to help raise awareness of what it's like to be a social worker

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Council to pay looked-after child £5,000 compensation for immigration advice failures

February 2,2016

Greenwich council's failure to provide proper immigration advice may have led to the girl losing her right to remain in the UK

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By spending too much on shoes and phones, are we setting up children in care to fail?

February 2,2016

David Jones argues that spending on children in residential homes does not adequately prepare them for how tough life is outside the home

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Local authorities share £36 million for special educational needs and disability reforms

February 1,2016

The £35.8 million grant is an increase on funding given last year, and will help with move to education, health and care plans

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Social work hero: ‘She understands’

January 29,2016

Landy Mainwood Smith's great relationships with children and foster carers have been key to resolving difficult situations

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Kinship carers exempt from cap on child tax credits

January 29,2016

Campaigners have said protecting this group from the child tax credit cap will keep children out of the care system and save billions

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