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Local authority social workers will be asked to support strike action over pay

April 24,2014

Employers accuse Unison of ‘further delaying’ the process of awarding council staff a 1% pay rise backdated to 1 April

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‘Social work support and therapeutic intervention pulled our adoptive family back from the brink of disaster’

April 24,2014

Sally Donovan examines new research on adoption breakdown and finds the true scandal of adoption is being under reported

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Cafcass praised in its first national Ofsted inspection

April 24,2014

Ofsted rates the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service as good

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Funding pressures hit support for homeless clients with most challenging needs, finds survey

April 24,2014

Homelessness projects cut back on complex needs support as demand rises, finds annual Homeless Link survey of projects

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Family carers will not be able to meet need for support by 2017, warns think-tank

April 24,2014

‘Family care gap’ requires rethink of how social care for older people is delivered, says Institute for Public Policy Research

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‘At the time, it felt like confinement’: fighting to appeal a Mental Health Act detention

April 23,2014

Mark Ellerby describes his experience of the mental health review tribunal process

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Tell the chief social workers how social care needs to change

April 23,2014

Post your questions for the chief social workers and the Care Quality Commission’s social care lead…

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NHS trust ordered to improve as failings found in third learning disability service

April 23,2014

Man found with ligature round his neck at Southern Health service but trust failed to take timely action to prevent further such incidents, says CQC

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How service user involvement in social work training benefits everyone

April 23,2014

Service user Simon Stevens shares how 10 years of teaching social work students has helped him and his students.

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Protecting Our Parents

Join us to discuss part two of social work documentary Protecting Our Parents

April 23,2014

Community Care is hosting a live online chat to discuss the second part of the BBC series on the care of older people, tomorrow at 9pm

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‘Outsourcing statutory social work risks quality, accountability and value for money’

April 23,2014

The prospect of private companies running child protection will fill social workers with fear, writes Unison’s Helga Pile

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Social work diary: ‘The boy opens up to me for the first time in months’

April 23,2014

Just when a child demands my full attention I find myself worrying about paperwork, writes a social worker

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Better pay for home care workers ‘not enough to ensure improvement of services’

April 22,2014

Pay is important, but employers must also address working conditions and make staff feel valued, says the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

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Family court shake up comes into force

April 22,2014

Reforms impose 26-week time limit and restrictions on expert witnesses in care proceedings

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Councils to outsource children’s social services under government proposals

April 22,2014

Local authorities could set up autonomous bodies for most children’s social care functions, consultation suggests

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Social work on film: Bringing the older people’s care ‘crisis’ to the small screen

April 17,2014

Social workers and health professionals wrestle with the challenges of supporting frail older people on BBC documentary Protecting Our Parents, which starts this evening

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