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Caseloads fall and hot-desking ditched as Slough improves children’s social care

Dr Krutika Pau, interim director of Slough’s children’s services, explains how the council has invested in social work to improve outcomes

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Welsh Government funds £6.7m IT system to integrate health and social care

May 21,2015

The new system will support information sharing and case management between health and social care practitioners

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Ofsted recognises the difficulties facing the sector but these are not of our making

May 19,2015

Ofsted’s director of social care Debbie Jones responds to Professor Ray Jones’ recent criticism of inspections

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The overall winner of the 2015 Inspiring Images of Social Care competition was submitted by Equal Arts, a charity delivering arts and older people’s projects in NE England

Inspiring Images of Social Care 2015: The winners

May 22,2015

These 12 winning images from Community Care's third annual charity photo competition will brighten your day

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Social work cartoon: ‘Welfare’

May 21,2015

The latest from Fran...

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Whistleblowing care professionals ‘priced out of justice’

May 21,2015

A study by whistleblowing charity Public Concern at Work also raised concerns that foster carers are not being protected by the law

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My boss is incompetent and lazy

May 19,2015

Blair McPherson illustrates how the view is different depending on if you are a team manager, deputy or social worker

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Ofsted rates council inadequate after staff disruption causes inconsistency for children

May 19,2015

High staff turnover and usage of agency staff led to 'unacceptable delay' in children having needs met, finds Ofsted inspection into West Berkshire children's services

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‘We need to support the frontline to think differently,’ says ADSS Cymru chief

May 19,2015

Torfaen Council’s Sue Evans talks about the challenges of implementing Wales’ social care reforms

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Social workers break away from council in order to innovate

May 18,2015

A group of social workers has requested to split off from their council and form a mutually-led social work practice, in order to put more focus on early intervention.
The Calderdale social workers, many of whom were newly qualified, asked…

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‘Creating a stable and supportive team environment increases employee retention’

May 18,2015

Roop Bhumbra from Hays Social Care discusses the importance of creating a team environment for social workers to excel in

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‘Sit on my lap and see what comes up’: social worker suspended for sexual touching

May 15,2015

The Dorset social worker said he could not recall slapping two female colleague's bottoms and using inappropriately sexual language with them

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Social workers investigate Katie Hopkins after controversial tweets

May 15,2015

The controversial reality TV star claims her high profile triggered referral to children's services

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Care home managers’ pay on the rise despite continuing low pay for care assistants

May 14,2015

A report has found the gap between managers and frontline staff is widening- but is a good manager worth the investment?

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Social worker who ‘confused areas of risk’ given a second sanction

May 13,2015

The Durham social worker did not attend her first hearing due to emotional and psychological stress

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‘If you don’t take care of yourself, how can you possibly help and support others?’

May 13,2015

The values that drive people to become social workers can make it hard to put yourself first. But not saying 'no' can lead to burnout, says Graham Luetchford

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We need to stop shying away from service user involvement in social work research

May 12,2015

Service user activist Peter Beresford questions why we've come to believe neutral researchers understand experiences better than those living them

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‘I felt heavy paranoia about my cases and I couldn’t switch off’

May 12,2015

A chaotic and heavy workload can feel smothering and all-consuming. A social worker shares her experience of burnout and returning to work

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Cameron appoints Alistair Burt as care minister

May 12,2015

Burt will replace Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb as the lead on adult social care and mental health

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