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Inspiring Images of Social Care 2016: view the shortlist and vote for your favourite

April 29,2016

You can vote for the one you like best via the Community Care Facebook page or by commenting on this article

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Munro: ‘Hotdesking is harming social work’

April 29,2016

Author of landmark child protection review says challenging poor working conditions for social workers is one of the ‘most important tasks ahead’

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Court backs care for children after mum tried taking them to Islamic State

April 29,2016

The mother's clear intent to travel to Islamic State and contact with jihadists put three Leicester children at risk of 'very significant harm, if not death'

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Arrest warrant issued for man who harassed social worker after son taken into care

April 28,2016

Family court chief rules the man breached court order and subjected Cafcass guardian to ‘psychological intimidation and harassment’

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At age 11, this deeply troubled boy was on his 27th placement

April 28,2016

A young boy in care took his own life after a succession of placement breakdowns. Jack Brookes reflects on the lessons that need to be learned.

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Children in care denied mental health services because of placement ‘uncertainty’

April 28,2016

Education committee finds 'significant number' of councils failed to identify mental health issues for children entering care

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Ofsted: Council’s progress at risk from reliance on agency social workers

April 27,2016

Northamptonshire upgraded to 'requires improvement', but Ofsted warns that heavy use of agency social workers could harm further progress

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Child sexual exploitation: ‘I was conditioned to obey and powerless to refuse’

April 27,2016

In the first of two articles about her experiences of CSE, Jenny Molloy describes how she entered a 'living hell' populated by predatory adults

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Serious case reviews should ‘shed light’ on constraints facing practitioners

April 27,2016

Reviews too often simply describe practice failings rather than analysing them, DfE-commissioned guide says

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Social worker struck off after disclosing case details

April 27,2016

Care Council for Wales' fitness-to-practise committee finds actions of child protection social worker breached confidentiality and could have put children at risk

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Family networks can be a critical resource in social work response to ‘violent extremism’

April 27,2016

Family group conferences offer a a humane and socially just approach in cases of suspected extremism, write Tony Stanley and Lisa Gunstone

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Council to step up clampdown on agency social worker pay

April 26,2016

Buckinghamshire Council to encourage more authorities to join regional bid to cap agency pay and seek more male social workers

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Social work diary: ‘The boy is finding the changes hard’

April 25,2016

A children's social worker reflects on a week on the frontline

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Dave Hill of Essex County Council is the new president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services. Photo: Nick Strugnell

ADCS president aims to improve public image of care and end ‘formulaic’ social work

April 22,2016

Dave Hill also uses inaugural speech as president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services to promise closer co-operation with adult service directors

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‘My care file left out my voice. As a social worker I won’t make the same mistake’

April 22,2016

Reading the social services file on my time in care made me reflect on my own practice

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Children’s social work accreditation risks being ‘punitive’ not supportive, inquiry told

April 21,2016

Education committee's inquiry into social work reforms also hears government has placed too little focus on retention of staff

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