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£19m adoption support fund should be available to more children, warns BAAF

The charity said the funding, launched today, should be accessible for those in special guardianship care and adopted internationally

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What are the biggest problems facing children in care?

April 29,2015

We caught up with experts on children in care, including celebrity care leaver Paul Barber, on what are some of the biggest problems facing these young people

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Achieving for Children: Behind the scenes at the community interest company delivering ‘the future’ of children’s services

April 23,2015

Luke Stevenson spends a day at Achieving for Children, which delivers children’s services independently of Kingston and Richmond councils

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‘Opening children’s social work up to the market place will not generate stability or continuity’

April 28,2015

Continuing his series reflecting on the state of children's social work, Ray Jones looks at the major issues affecting workflows, workloads and the workforce

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How an award-winning care leavers employment team achieves success for young people

April 28,2015

David Jones spoke to Javid Iqbal, manager of Derbyshire's award-winning care leavers employment team, about creating opportunities for young care leavers

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‘Changing your mindset as important as changing policy if you want to improve practice’

April 27,2015

Reflecting on their own limitations, and questioning the degree to which they are accepting the limitations of others, is key for social workers to navigate difficult choices, writes Ellie Garraway

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Find your inner legal eagle at Community Care Live 2015

April 27,2015

Community Care Live 15’s legal clinics are set to help social workers get to grips with the latest developments in legislation

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Council ups child protection focus to avoid Rotherham style abuse scandal

April 24,2015

Sandwell scrutiny board warns it's "vital" authority learns from Rotherham failings, where knowledge of abuse was suppressed

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Writing psychological thriller novel was ‘cathartic’, says social worker turned author

April 23,2015

White is the Coldest Colder is the debut novel of former police officer and child protection social worker John Nicholl

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Council with ‘oppressive’ culture no longer failing, inspectors report

April 23,2015

The Welsh social care inspectorate finds significant improvements in Neath Port Talbot children's services

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Social worker recorded false supervision record and forged supervisee’s signature

April 22,2015

HCPC rules social worker must only work at senior practitioner level and comply with strict conditions of practice for 12 months

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Social work diary: ‘The political soundbites ignore the skills needed for child protection’

April 22,2015

The bedroom tax, genetic disorders and political posturing feature in a challenging week for this children's social worker

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“I’m an iron fist in a velvet glove,” says incoming ADCS president

April 22,2015

Alison O'Sullivan plans to champion the extension of Staying Put provisions, as well as continuing her predecessor work on the reform agenda in her time as ADCS president

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Violence against children fell by nearly 20% in 2014, study reveals

April 22,2015

Lead author attributes downward trend to factors including improved child safeguarding since the Baby P case

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Doncaster independent trust reports 75% fall in children missing from care

April 21,2015

With the help of a newly created role, missing children numbers reduced by almost 75% between January 2014 and January 2015

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We need to talk about the dangers of overestimating risk

April 21,2015

Social work lecturer Rhian Taylor discusses the culture of assessing risk highly, and why it's not as consequence-free as you might think

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Birmingham improvement plan promises “relentless” focus on recruitment and retention

April 21,2015

Birmingham council also wants to promote a social work culture of learning and accountability to help improve child protection

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Peer violence in care: how prolific is it and what do social workers need to know?

April 21,2015

Christine Barter analyses how prolific peer violence is in the care system, and what needs to be done to help those suffering from it

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Election 2015: What would the main parties do for social work?

April 17,2015

A simple breakdown of the five main parties' biggest and most eye-catching plans for social care and social work

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