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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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MPs accuse councils of encouraging growth of zero-hours contracts

April 17,2014

Local authority cuts are fuelling rise in “exploitative” contracts for social care workers, Scottish MPs report.

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‘Law allowing children to stay with foster carers until 21 is confusing and discriminatory’

April 16,2014

Despite the rhetoric, new legal obligation will benefit a minority of young people and is a serious missed opportunity, writes Mark Kerr

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How legal guardians could improve the care and protection given to trafficked children

April 16,2014

A system of legal guardianship for child victims of trafficking is gaining momentum in government but what will the role look like in practice? Rachel Carter investigates

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What the Children and Families Act 2014 means for social work and social workers

April 16,2014

The Act includes reforms for adoption, special educational needs, children in care – and starts the process of change for children’s homes

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12 ways councils are targeting savings from children’s social services in 2014-15

April 16,2014

We look at different savings plans from local authority budgets in the coming financial year

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Cuts to safeguarding teams and looked-after children services as council spending drops

April 16,2014

Local authorities also plan to shift more social work cases to non-qualified staff and cut back in bid to make savings, Community Care finds

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Step Up to Social Work graduates concerned about employment prospects, study finds

April 16,2014

Most trainees felt adequately prepared to practise at the end of the course, but some questioned the quality of academic teaching

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Mentally unwell children refused care at a third of NHS ‘place of safety’ units

April 16,2014

Restrictions on care for under-16s are ‘unacceptable’, says minister

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London councils lack data on children missing from care, finds report

April 15,2014

Liberal Democrat report finds serious gaps in data on runaway looked-after children in London

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Providers should make many more applications to authorise deprivations of liberty, says CQC

April 14,2014

Regulator issues advice to care providers on responding to landmark Supreme Court Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

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Sir Martin Narey heads up new leadership board to drive adoption improvements

April 14,2014

New leadership board will be tasked with keeping local authorities ‘on track’ with their adoption targets, warns children’s minister

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Social worker struck off after failing to attend hearing into her use of force on girl with autism

April 14,2014

The social worker has provided no evidence of insight into her behaviour since she was suspended from the register a year ago, the regulator found

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How providers can boost support for people with learning disabilities as they grow older

April 14,2014

Christine Towers explains how a new toolkit aims to help providers and staff improve care

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Replay our discussion of BBC documentary on social work with older people

April 13,2014

Two years after Protecting Our Children laid bare the realities of child protection, Protecting Our Parents aims to do the same on older people’s care

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Top-rated services to go up to two years without inspection under CQC reform plans

April 11,2014

Regulator to move away from inspecting each service location at least once a year and to get tougher on poorer performers

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