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Are social workers fleeing to the seaside? Picture credit: REX/Richard Sowersby

Operation London: directors “concerned” as councils seek to poach social workers from the capital

With its ‘Operation London’ campaign Sandwell is about to become the latest council actively trying to lure social workers away from the capital

Students in lecture

Professor urges robust discussion on future of social work degrees in the face of ‘greedy’ universities

July 23,2014

Professor Brigid Featherstone says it would be no bad thing if some social work courses disappear ahead of her keynote speech at JSWEC

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Social work survival guide

Social work survival guide

Community Care and UNISON have joined forces to produce an electronic survival guide to social work.

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Is your social work ‘dead’ or ‘alive’? The gap between inspiring and defensive practice

July 23,2014

Harry Ferguson draws a distinction between 'dead' and 'alive' social workers in his opening speech at JSWEC

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‘Let’s put the life back into social work’: updates from #JSWEC day one

July 23,2014

Coverage from day one of the Joint Social Work Education Conference...

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Stark takes on the presidential mantle

‘Social work is a human rights discipline’: IFSW president speaks up for the profession

July 23,2014

Newly appointed president of the International Federation of Social Workers, Ruth Stark has big plans for a global social work community

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Care home

No respite for care homes as council fee rates fall again

July 22,2014

The latest figure signals "dangerous trend" in falling council rates for care homes, says market analyst LaingBuisson

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Social workers have found shift from local authority to social enterprise ‘liberating’, finds review

July 22,2014

Local Government Association review finds Shropshire social work practice has cut bureaucracy

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Are your caseloads getting more complex? Have your say in Community Care and Unison’s social worker caseloads survey

July 22,2014

Tell us about your caseloads in our anonymous survey to measure the state of social worker caseloads

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Pay supplement could help stem Wiltshire recruitment and retention crisis, report says

July 21,2014

Council to decide whether to introduce a 10-15% market supplement at a Cabinet meeting

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Why the Care Act 2014 guidance on safeguarding short-changes social workers

July 21,2014

An emphasis on good social work, rather than legal powers to act, fails to provide practitioners with what they need to apply the new safeguarding framework, says Belinda Schwehr

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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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Victoria Climbié's parents established the foundation (Picture credit: Rex)

One in five children’s social workers unaware of Children and Families Act changes, report finds

July 18,2014

A report conducted by the Victoria Climbié Foundation finds almost a fifth of children's social workers do not know about sweeping reforms to the adoption system

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Paul Blantern, chief executive of Northamptonshire Council

Councils to create agency to supply their own temporary social workers

July 18,2014

Northamptonshire is among a group of councils that are planning to take on private recruitment agencies

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A better life for older people with high support needs

July 18,2014

The winners of Community Care’s Inspiring Social Care Images competition are championing a better quality of life for older people

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"Liberating" outsourcing Picture credit: Oliver Rudkin/UCF/Rex Features

Government adviser urges more government support for social worker-led services

July 18,2014

Julian Le Grand calls for more staff-led mutuals in adult services as government review recommends their use in integrated health and social care

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Social work cartoon: ‘The cuts aren’t all bad news’

July 17,2014

The latest cartoon from Fran...

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Around 20% of councils don't know whether home care providers pay the minimum wage (Picture Credit: Rex)

Less than 5% of councils confident home care providers pay workers a living wage, survey finds

July 17,2014

An ADASS survey reveals that many councils do not know whether home care providers they commission pay the national minimum wage

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Social workers in supervision

Social work diary: ‘Opportunities to reflect on our practice are far too rare’

July 16,2014

A children's social worker looks back on her week on the frontline...

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