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“Glass slipper” recruitment: how social work employers fit the specification to the person

Former director Blair McPherson on job specifications, not being “the right fit” and how employers make sure they hire their preferred candidate

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Student Social Worker: ‘I was coming in to placement feeling tired and demotivated’

October 23,2014

Student social worker Ricki Steed reflects on a restless period spent questioning whether she could work in child protection because of the emotional strain.

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Conduct panel suspends social worker for failing to manage caseload

October 22,2014

The regulatory panel said the Kent social worker’s failure to manage caseloads showed a ‘serious lack of competence’

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Social work cartoon: ‘Your extra hours’

October 24,2014

The latest cartoon from Fran...

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A guide to Nice’s new quality standard on medication management in care homes

October 22,2014

The institute is advising care homes to put individuals at 'heart of decisions' on medication and support residents to self-administer wherever possible

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A wider definition of domestic abuse will help social workers safeguard more adult victims

October 21,2014

Social work organisations respond to a Home Office consultation on strengthening the law around domestic abuse

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Children living with parental alcohol abuse are being missed by system, report finds

October 20,2014

A children's commissioner report has found children living with parental alcohol misuse are falling through the cracks

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Why social care needs an influx of creative professionals to improve dementia services

October 20,2014

Age Exchange's David Savill makes the case for using the medium of art to improve relationships between residents and staff in care settings

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Somerset sacks highest paid DCS because improvements are not fast enough

October 20,2014

Peter Lewis' contract has been terminated. Council boss says highest paid director of children's services in England does not offer 'value for money'

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Birmingham’s new children’s services boss quits before starting

October 17,2014

Appointed in August, McNally was undergoing an introductory period this month before formally beginning in November

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Social work cartoon: ‘Office changes’

October 17,2014

Social work cartoon: 'Office changes'

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One in five nursing homes too short-staffed to ensure safe care, finds watchdog

October 16,2014

CQC State of Care report finds standard of social care generally improving but warns of nursing shortage

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Care home’s council contract suspended over failure to support staff

October 16,2014

A Nottingham care home has had its contract with the council suspended after three successive CQC inspections found training and supervision to be lacking

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DH releases £4m Care Act training fund amid concerns over workforce readiness

October 16,2014

Regional grant announced after stocktake exercise revealed council concerns over training capacity and workforce readiness

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Diary of an autistic social work student: “it’s tiring trying to fit into a neuro-typical world”

October 15,2014

One social work student reflects on the additional challenges facing autistic social workers, and their need for greater awareness from peers

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Why I joined the NHS pay strike: a social worker’s story

October 15,2014

Going on strike presented an ethical dilemma but I made this stand on the issue of fairness, writes Edd Donovan

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‘Social work in the Arctic? What were you doing, counselling penguins?’ Reactions to The Apprentice’s first social worker

October 15,2014

Steven Ugoalah had already brought attention to himself in his audition where he claimed to be the best social worker in the world, said he would find a way to be excellent on Mars and said he was the only social worker to have done social work in the Arctic.

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Social worker sanctioned over Facebook posts reflects on feeling abandoned amidst a media storm

October 14,2014

Siobhan Condon was sanctioned by the HCPC last month for posting comments about a case on Facebook, she has spoken to Community Care and reflected on her experiences

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Media bashing of highly paid directors masks the true problems around appointing interim social care managers

October 14,2014

For a social worker with a heavy caseload, feeling pressurised by the needs and demands of service users, managers and trying to maintain life outside of work, the thought of how much money their director of social services or council…

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