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‘Don’t give up’: 10 job-hunting tips for newly qualified social workers

A newly qualified social worker shares what she learned from her 16-month-long hunt for her first social work job

Annie Hudson

Principal social workers enshrine great professional leadership, says College chief

April 23,2015

We all have a responsibility to hold our nerve and make sure the role is embedded properly, writes chief executive of The College of Social Work, Annie Hudson

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Social worker recorded false supervision record and forged supervisee’s signature

April 22,2015

HCPC rules social worker must only work at senior practitioner level and comply with strict conditions of practice for 12 months

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‘Changing your mindset as important as changing policy if you want to improve practice’

April 27,2015

Reflecting on their own limitations, and questioning the degree to which they are accepting the limitations of others, is key for social workers to navigate difficult choices, writes Ellie Garraway

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Find your inner legal eagle at Community Care Live 2015

April 27,2015

Community Care Live 15’s legal clinics are set to help social workers get to grips with the latest developments in legislation

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‘Unsafe’ care trust draws criticism from the CQC

April 24,2015

The trust had failed to consider safety hazards in its child and adolescent mental health ward

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Social workers at the offices of Achieving for Children. Photo: Phil Adams

Achieving for Children: Behind the scenes at the community interest company delivering ‘the future’ of children’s services

April 23,2015

Luke Stevenson spends a day at Achieving for Children, which delivers children's services independently of Kingston and Richmond councils

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Council with ‘oppressive’ culture no longer failing, inspectors report

April 23,2015

The Welsh social care inspectorate finds significant improvements in Neath Port Talbot children's services

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Home care training gaps risk ‘fatal consequences’ for service users, says Unison

April 23,2015

Union finds more than 1,000 care workers have not received proper training in dementia, administering medication or personal care tasks

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Alison O'Sullivan

“I’m an iron fist in a velvet glove,” says incoming ADCS president

April 22,2015

Alison O'Sullivan plans to champion the extension of Staying Put provisions, as well as continuing her predecessor work on the reform agenda in her time as ADCS president

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College of Social Work chair Jo Cleary

Where next for the College of Social Work?

April 22,2015

With the College of Social Work now three years old, Community Care looks at what has it achieved and where is it going

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‘Sometimes we don’t ask the right questions because we don’t want to hear the answers’

April 21,2015

Social work organisations are living systems and, like people, can respond to trauma and stress by avoidance and blame. Juliet Koprowska explains a model for changing organisational culture

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Election 2015: What would the main parties do for social work?

April 17,2015

A simple breakdown of the five main parties' biggest and most eye-catching plans for social care and social work

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How ideology is widening the gulf between social workers and managers

April 17,2015

Former social worker and director Blair McPherson examines the roots of the growing divide between social workers and their bosses

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Members of The Social Work Society from Northumbria University at the Social Work Action Network conference in Glasgow

‘A social work society helps us find a collective voice and fight for social change’

April 17,2015

Collective action and engaging with social justice can be abstract concepts for social work students. Setting up a group can make them a reality

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‘Social work education is being shaped and changed by those with little understanding of social work’

April 16,2015

Early specialisation, excessive focus on technical competence and the neglect of post-qualifying education are storing up problems for the future, warns Ray Jones

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UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, launched his party's manifesto this morning. Photo: Simon Ford/REX

UKIP would seek wholesale reform of Britain’s “clearly failing” child protection services, if elected

April 15,2015

In its manifesto published today, UKIP also pledged to abolish Monitor and the Care Quality Commission if it wins the general election

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Lib Dem manifesto promises to ‘radically transform’ mental health services

April 15,2015

Party also would fully integrate health and social care and introduce statutory code of conduct for care workers

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Principal social workers: local gains, but a missed national opportunity

April 15,2015

Tony Stanley, deputy chair of the principal social workers' network, explains why he thinks the role is failing

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