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Amy and Natalie in Protecting our Foster Kids. Photo: BBC/Garry Maclennan

Coming out of the care leaver closet?

A child protection social worker on deciding how much to disclose about her own experiences in care

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Ask me anything: Isabelle Trowler to hold open forum for social workers

July 1,2015

The chief social worker along with adoption tsar Martin Narey will meet with social workers to discuss the future of the profession

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‘The threshold for sexual exploitation feels 10 times higher than for other abuse’

June 26,2015

As Community Care reveals a 31% rise in sexual exploitation referrals, a social worker shares her frustrations trying to help victims

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Tools used for age assessments very inaccurate, study finds

July 3,2015

Methods that local authorities use to assess the age of asylum seekers are inaccurate more than a third of the time, a study has found

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Social worker complains to BBC over EastEnders storyline

July 2,2015

EastEnders' recent story about a long lost child in foster care is "infuriating", the social worker said

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‘Child protection must not be used for dealing with the symptoms of increased poverty’

June 30,2015

Social work academics on why we must pause to evaluate the growing need for child protection services amidst a backdrop of austerity

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When it comes to adoption reform – are good intentions enough ?

June 26,2015

Adoptive parent and founder of charity The Open Nest, Amanda Boorman says too much focus is placed on recruitment, not support of adopters

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Ofsted loses second national director of social care in three months as interim leaves

June 26,2015

Kathy O'Dwyer was director of social care improvement for over a year, taking up the national director role from Debbie Jones

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University to join KPMG and Morning Lane in developing test for children’s social workers

June 26,2015

The president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services said questions remained around how the test will be rolled out

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Child sexual exploitation referrals rose 31% last year, reveals Community Care

June 26,2015

Local authorities received more than 11,000 referrals about sexual exploitation in the past two years, while support for child victims has fallen

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David Cameron announces new taskforce to ‘transform’ child protection

June 25,2015

Taskforce will be led by education secretary Nicky Morgan and will include Theresa May, Edward Timpson and Michael Gove

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Give social workers more powers to prevent sexual exploitation, say councils

June 25,2015

The Local Government Association has called for disruption orders tailored to child sexual exploitationto be included in the policing and criminal justice bill

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Rising concerns around child neglect, but public unclear where to report them

June 24,2015

More than a third of adults surveyed by charity Action for Children said they were concerned about the welfare of a child in their neighbourhood

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Ombudsman criticises social workers for ‘arbitrary’ and ‘misleading’ decisions

June 24,2015

A report from the Local Government Ombudsman criticised social workers for not telling a mother her child could not be returned to her care

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David Cameron wants to keep good social workers on the frontline. Photo: Markus Heine/NurPhoto/REX

Child protection a ‘big focus’ for government over the next five years, Cameron says

June 23,2015

The Prime Minister outlined his plans to deal with failing children's services and extending the Troubled Families programme

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MPs concerned government is making adoption ‘gold standard’ for all children

June 23,2015

Labour MPs challenged the secretary of state for education at the second reading of the education and adoption bill on Monday

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‘If ever there was a time to celebrate the commitment of social workers, it is now’

June 23,2015

Professor Ray Jones urges social work practitioners to put themselves forward for the 2015 Social Worker of the Year Awards

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Council goes from ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’ by keeping workforce stable, Ofsted finds

June 23,2015

Salford council, rated inadequate by Ofsted in 2010, was judged to be ‘good’ as inspectors praised stable staff and leaders

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Government commits £4.5m to help set up of regional adoption agencies

June 20,2015

Children's minister Edward Timpson has said the controversial plans will help to speed up the adoption process

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