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Social workers must recognise ‘ethical and emotional dimensions’ of care proceedings

Speaking at the JSWEC conference, University of Kent lecturer Anne Kelly explains her new research into care planning

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Stark ‘home truths’ on state of residential child care revealed in damning report

July 21,2014

Sector is “under-estimated, under-valued and under-funded”, warns the Independent Children’s Homes Association

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Social workers to be given extra training on the risks of female genital mutilation

July 22,2014

David Cameron and council leaders pledge for tougher laws to eradicate the controversial and illegal cultural practice

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Infographic: What social workers need to know about female genital mutilation

July 22,2014

As the government introduces new measures to eradicate FGM, use our infographic to find out more about the illegal practice

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Advice for social workers supporting young people who run away

July 21,2014

CC Inform expert Emilie Smeaton answers social workers' questions on supporting children who run away or go missing

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Ethos of ‘blame’ in serious case reviews acts as a barrier to learning, report finds

July 21,2014

Government report calls for a re-think on how serious case reviews are conducted, and more training to embed learning and practice

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‘ITV1′s Exposure: Don’t take my child was both important and irresponsible’

July 18,2014

Programme 'swung like a pendulum between one extreme to the other', writes Ray Jones, professor of social work at Kingston University

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All looked-after children should have right to stay in care until 21, MPs recommend

July 17,2014

No young adults should be forced to leave care before 21 and only be provided with regulated accommodation, says education committee

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Hundreds of children safeguarded after online child abuse investigation

July 17,2014

NSPCC warns children abused in images online need identification and support, as well as those in the care of their abusers

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Child sexual abuse costs UK £3bn per year, finds NSPCC

July 16,2014

Charity hopes awareness of 'multi-billion pound problem' will help start a dialogue with government over preventative care

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‘The kind of journalism that breeds mistrust in social work’: ITV’s ‘Don’t Take My Child’

July 16,2014

ITV's Exposure on 'forced adoption' provoked a passionate reaction on Twitter and raised some interesting issues.

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Michael Gove

“Social workers will not be sorry to see Gove go”: Reaction to cabinet reshuffle

July 16,2014

With his tenure as one of the more transformative and controversial ministers over, we look at Gove's high profile policies and actions

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Children's minister Edward Timpson

Government strips Slough of its children’s social services

July 15,2014

Children's services will be handed over to an independent trust following independent review of care

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Who is Nicky Morgan MP? Meet your new education secretary

July 15,2014

Michael Gove is out and Nicky Morgan is in. We examine the credentials of social care's newest political leader.

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Michael Gove leaves position as education secretary after cabinet reshuffle

July 15,2014

As part of the major cabinet reshuffle ahead of the 2015 General Election Michael Gove has left his position as Education Secretary, to be replaced by Nicky Morgan MP.

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Lady Butler-Sloss stands down from child abuse inquiry

July 14,2014

Butler-Sloss admits she did not sufficiently consider whether her background and family connections would cause difficulties

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Senior judge criticises ‘highly defensive’ social work culture ahead of ITV documentary

July 14,2014

In an interview with ITV Exposure, Justice Sir Mark Hedley claims social workers face an 'increased pressure' to intervene post Baby P

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Community Care adoption columnist picks up her second prestigious award

July 14,2014

Sally Donovan has been named PPA Business Columnist of the Year at a star-studded ceremony at London's Grosvenor hotel

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NHS England to ‘urgently’ open more children’s mental health beds

July 10,2014

Move comes as official review finds too many young people being sent long distances for care due to bed shortages and staffing problems

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