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Sir James Munby: ‘Re B-S ruling has not changed the law on adoption’

President of the family division at the High Court has emphasised ‘with as much force as possible’ that adoption law remains the same

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The top 12 gifts for a social worker

December 16,2014

Christmas is almost upon us and the search for the perfect gift for a social worker begins again. These are our top tips this year.

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Children’s homes at Christmas: “The sense of camaraderie is very real”

December 16,2014

Christmas day in a children’s home can prove an emotionally rewarding and testing time for both the young children and staff, writes residential children’s home worker David Jones.

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Four dangerous myths about adoption in the upcoming movie “Annie”

December 19,2014

Dr John Simmonds from BAAF busts some of the myths about adoption perpetrated in the upcoming musical "Annie"

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The top ten social work stories of 2014

December 18,2014
All your favourite articles of the year in one handy compilation
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Social work diary: ‘The girl wants new shoes for Christmas as hers have worn out’

December 18,2014

The weeks before Christmas bring extra challenges and a surprising article in a tabloid newspaper, writes a social worker

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Birmingham faces ‘virtually impossible’ task of funding essential £140m improvements to children’s services

December 12,2014

Second report from the children's commissioner says funding improvements won't be possible without major reductions in other services

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Government opens contracts for children’s services intervention experts

December 11,2014

These advisers will be required to work directly with local authorities and their partners and provide focused challenge and support that decisively turns around performance.

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Young adult carers left without support as only 1 in 5 receive assessments

December 10,2014

Nearly half (45%) of young adult carers who responded to the survey reported suffering from a mental health problem such as anxiety, depression or eating disorders.

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It is not on the macro level but the micro level that racism is defeated

December 10,2014

Nabeweya White, a black children's social worker in Scotland, talks about her experiences

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Report highlights social work challenges when tackling child sexual exploitation

December 10,2014

Child victims of sexual exploitation tend to be targeted because of their history of vulnerability, including being in care, Cafcass has warned.

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“We must never disbelieve that sometimes the actions we are involved in cause hurt”

December 8,2014

Social workers have reflected on the angry protests at The Social Worker of The Year awards, and how the profession should communicate with angry groups

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‘I was a respected social worker, but all that stood for nothing’

December 4,2014

Sally Donovan tells the agonising story of a British social worker who adopted a child, only to experience the care system at its very worst

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Social work diary: ‘My service’s decision has left the teenage mother struggling’

December 4,2014

A row about a pony, dieting and allowances all feature in a challenging week in child protection

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Do social workers feel able to blow the whistle?

December 3,2014

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Government to spend £150m ‘transforming’ mental health services for young people with eating disorders

December 2,2014

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced that the government will spend £150m over 5 years to develop community-based services for young people with eating disorders

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Mentally unwell teenager admitted to adult psychiatric ward after two days in cell

December 2,2014

In February, NHS England said it was ‘totally unacceptable’ to admit children to adult wards in most cases

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Foster carers feel pressured into giving up work, report finds

December 1,2014

Half of carers who had to give up work to foster felt this was the wrong decision, a Fostering Network report has found

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We must listen and respond to young people in the system telling us what care means

December 1,2014

By Annie Hudson, Chief executive of The College of Social Work
On Friday, I was privileged to be invited to take part in a Channel 4 news special which aimed to shine a light on the experiences of young people…

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