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Children’s directors hit back at damning report on state of residential child care

Former ADCS president Andrew Webb accused children’s homes of ‘taking pot shots’ at central and local government

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£20m education boost for adopted children

July 28,2014

Extension of the Pupil Premium scheme is set to help an extra 10,000 pupils and be worth around £1,900 for each student

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Dramatherapy gives care leavers a voice at London exhibition

July 28,2014

“A space for them to really go to places they haven’t been to in the past,” says Young Futures’ lead dramatherapist

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Martin Narey defends social work education report against ‘misguided’ critics

July 25,2014

The government advisor takes issue with a critique of his report, published in Community Care last week

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Police to investigate alleged Rochdale abuse cover-up

July 24,2014

Greater Manchester Police will examine claims that the police and council buried abuse allegations at Knowl View School

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Study questions impact of social work on children with behavioural problems

July 24,2014

Researchers compared outcomes data between children who had social services intervention and those who did not

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Haringey’s children’s services ‘require improvement’, finds Ofsted

July 24,2014

Inspectors give second lowest rating on all areas inspected, but praise children's 'meaningful' relationships with social workers

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

July 23,2014

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

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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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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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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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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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‘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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“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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