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Grooming suspects banned from contact with girls under 18 in groundbreaking ruling

Birmingham City Council secures injunctions against six men suspected of child sexual exploitation using Medieval law

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Austerity pressures are threatening children’s human rights, finds report

November 19,2014

Children’s Rights Alliance warns England is struggling to meet the standards set by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

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Troubled Families programme makes case for devolving more responsibility to councils

November 19,2014

Report from London Councils argues the programme’s success shows benefits of locally delivered interventions

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Develop your social work career with Community Care’s Careers and Training Guide

November 20,2014

Find training courses and find out more about how to progress your social work career in our free 52-page Careers and Training Guide

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Student social worker: “I felt almost like ‘the enemy’”

November 19,2014

Student social worker Ricki Steed shares her difficult experiences in a court room and being at odds with her personal ideology of social work

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How is stress impacting the UK’s social workers?

November 19,2014

Help Community Care highlight how stress is affecting social workers by taking part in our anonymous survey

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Children at sexual exploitation risk because social workers can’t access good training

November 19,2014

Ofsted report identifies major failings in eight local authorities' responses to child sexual exploitation post Rotherham

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Is tackling neglect no longer the job of social workers?

November 18,2014

As child protection referrals continue to rise social workers are being forced to leave the issue of neglect to other professionals

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Rotherham’s child sexual exploitation policies ‘divorced from reality’, say MPs

November 18,2014

Report from Communities and Local Government Committee raised concerns that Ofsted may have failed children in Rotherham

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Initial contacts to children’s services up 65% as councils reach their limit, finds ADCS

November 17,2014

Figures published by directors of children's services show mounting pressure on already-stretched child safeguarding services

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Council cuts child protection plans by 40 per cent

November 17,2014

Leeds City Council to explain how it boosted kinship care using family group conferencing at Community Care Live

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Former government adviser to take up children’s commissioner post

November 14,2014

4Children chief Anne Longfield had her independence as commissioner questioned in parliament

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Serious case reviews to be commissioned by the government, says Timpson

November 13,2014

Children's minister criticises the efficacy and quality of Local Safeguarding Children Boards and serious case reviews

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Confusion over child protection thresholds prevented action in neglect case, finds SCR

November 13,2014

Parents known to social services for over 16 years found guilty of criminal neglect- but no child protection plan was in place

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Social work diary: ‘They call it service ‘transformation’ but it’s more like decimation’

November 12,2014

The bright, sparkling vision of our service restructure masks deep cuts that are damaging our service users and staff, writes a social worker

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No evidence of historic child abuse cover up, finds Wanless report

November 11,2014

NSPCC chief says he found 'nothing specific' that would suggest the Home Office had concealed child abuse in the 1980s

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‘We risk reversing substantial progress and damaging life-long outcomes for children’

November 11,2014

Adoption is not being pursued for some children, even when social workers believe it is in their best interests, writes Sir Martin Narey

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Government publishes guide to bust adoption law myths and misconceptions

November 11,2014

Narey hopes the document will reassure social workers that the law on adoption has not changed following recent judgements

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Social worker suspended for copying and pasting reports

November 10,2014

A senior practitioner who plagiarised assessments forms has been given a 12 month suspension

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