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Family court shake up comes into force

Reforms impose 26-week time limit and restrictions on expert witnesses in care proceedings

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‘Outsourcing statutory social work risks quality, accountability and value for money’

April 23,2014

The prospect of private companies running child protection will fill social workers with fear, writes Unison’s Helga Pile

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Social work diary: ‘The boy opens up to me for the first time in months’

April 23,2014

Just when a child demands my full attention I find myself worrying about paperwork, writes a social worker

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Cafcass praised in its first national Ofsted inspection

April 24,2014

Ofsted rates the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service as good

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10 tips for successful children’s social work

April 22,2014

See how your workplace measures up against these characteristics of effective children’s social work departments

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Councils to outsource children’s social services under government proposals

April 22,2014

Local authorities could set up autonomous bodies for most children’s social care functions, consultation suggests

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Re-imagining Child Protection: New book proposes radical overhaul of ‘flawed’ system

April 17,2014

Patrick Weir speaks to professor Brigid Featherstone, one of the three authors of a bold new book on reforming child protection

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‘Law allowing children to stay with foster carers until 21 is confusing and discriminatory’

April 16,2014

Despite the rhetoric, new legal obligation will benefit a minority of young people and is a serious missed opportunity, writes Mark Kerr

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How legal guardians could improve the care and protection given to trafficked children

April 16,2014

A system of legal guardianship for child victims of trafficking is gaining momentum in government but what will the role look like in practice? Rachel Carter investigates

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What the Children and Families Act 2014 means for social work and social workers

April 16,2014

The Act includes reforms for adoption, special educational needs, children in care – and starts the process of change for children’s homes

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12 ways councils are targeting savings from children’s social services in 2014-15

April 16,2014

We look at different savings plans from local authority budgets in the coming financial year

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Cuts to safeguarding teams and looked-after children services as council spending drops

April 16,2014

Local authorities also plan to shift more social work cases to non-qualified staff and cut back in bid to make savings, Community Care finds

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London councils lack data on children missing from care, finds report

April 15,2014

Liberal Democrat report finds serious gaps in data on runaway looked-after children in London

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Sir Martin Narey heads up new leadership board to drive adoption improvements

April 14,2014

New leadership board will be tasked with keeping local authorities ‘on track’ with their adoption targets, warns children’s minister

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‘Not all journalists or TV programme makers are on a mission to criticise social workers’

April 11,2014

Shelagh Beckett describes her role as a social work consultant on the Channel 4 series 15,000 Kids and Counting

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Adoptions are ten times more likely to break down in teenage years, finds study

April 9,2014

Government-funded study reports that two-thirds of adoption break downs happen in adolescence

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Replay our live online discussion of episode two of Channel 4′s social work documentary

April 9,2014

Join us on Thursday at 9pm to discuss the latest episode of Channel 4′s ’15,000 kids and counting’

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Safety of new children’s home locations assessed from this month

April 9,2014

Independent Children’s Homes Association says reforms put too great a burden on residential child care providers

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‘My life changed dramatically once I was safe in residential child care’

April 7,2014

Jenny Molloy, author of the memoir Hackney Child, tells of the day she recently helped organise to celebrate residential child care

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