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Statement lays out required skills for children's social workers Photo: Gary Brigden

Principal social workers question need for new practice leader role

Sector leaders say there is confusion about the new practice role and potential for duplication

Sharon Shoesmith

Social workers must not be afraid to challenge managers

November 24,2014

A newly qualified social worker reflects on what discussions at Community Care Live around fear and blame mean for her own practice

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HCPC

Last chance to renew your HCPC registration and protect your title

November 24,2014

The period to re-register as a social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council ends on Sunday

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How can we end the blame game in social work?

November 24,2014

Social workers give their top ten ways to avoid the blame game trap

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‘Community-led social work delivers creativity and person-centred working – and cuts costs’

November 24,2014

An initiative in which adult social work is mainly delivered through a community-led organisation could be the radical overhaul needed if practitioners are to work creatively with service users, says Rob Greig

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Social worker suspended again despite domestic violence plea

November 24,2014

HCPC concludes a further sanction is warranted because the social worker showed no evidence of remedying her conduct

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Social work cartoon: ‘The new office’

November 21,2014

The latest cartoon from Fran...

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Agency social workers: not quite the real thing?

November 21,2014

Local authorities are still reliant on agency staff to fill gaps but locum workers can bring positive change to a service, says Blair Mcpherson

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CQC moves ahead with hidden camera guidance

November 21,2014

The inspectorate will publish information to help families and providers considering using covert surveillance

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Develop your social work career with Community Care’s Careers and Training Guide

November 20,2014

Find training courses and find out more about how to progress your social work career in our free 52-page Careers and Training Guide

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Grooming suspects banned from contact with girls under 18 in groundbreaking ruling

November 20,2014

Birmingham City Council secures injunctions against six men suspected of child sexual exploitation using Medieval law

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TEASC programme director Sarah Mitchell

Adult social care bosses plan early warning system to flag struggling services

November 20,2014

Tool is one of a set of new sector-led improvement projects being developed by Towards Excellence in Adult Social Care partnership

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Personal assistants at risk of abuse because of poor support

November 19,2014

Skills for Care finds personal assistants’ isolation is leaving them vulnerable

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Find out what’s really going on in the social work jobs market

November 19,2014

Free Community Care webinar to offer insights into social worker recruitment, retention and job-seeking behaviour

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Local authority employees receive 2.2% pay increase

November 18,2014

A pay offer has been accepted by three major unions after long dispute

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Is tackling neglect no longer the job of social workers?

November 18,2014

As child protection referrals continue to rise social workers are being forced to leave the issue of neglect to other professionals

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Council cuts child protection plans by 40 per cent

November 17,2014

Leeds City Council to explain how it boosted kinship care using family group conferencing at Community Care Live

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It’s not good enough for a council to say it cannot guarantee same sex carers

November 17,2014

Local government ombudsman has criticised Warwickshire council for failing to provide a disabled woman with adequate care

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College of Social Work chair Jo Cleary

College calls on government to set up adult social work innovation fund

November 17,2014

Equivalent to £130m children's services innovation fund needed to ensure adult social work 'not left behind', says College chair

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