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Judge criticises independent social worker for ‘face value’ assessment of abusive father

February 12,2016

The independent social worker's evidence was in direct conflict with that of two other social workers assessing the man

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Social work cartoon: ‘Mandatory training’

February 12,2016

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Social workers threaten industrial action if government hands children’s services to independent trust

February 11,2016

Sandwell Unison members approve motion that means a ballot will be held if the government makes plans to move children's services outside of council control

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Evidence your social work practice with Inform’s expert-written guidance

February 11,2016

Community Care Inform Children is the essential learning and practice tool for all children’s social workers

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London children’s services leaders collaborate to drive down agency pay

February 11,2016

The memorandum of cooperation on children's agency social workers has been signed up to by 29 of the 32 London boroughs

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Judge recommends family group conferencing in non-accidental injury case

February 10,2016

Mr Justice Hayden called on the local authority to involve the whole family in making a care plan for two children

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Cash-strapped social worker who stole guns and left ‘sorry’ note struck off

February 9,2016

His actions were deemed to be 'fundamentally incompatible' with registration as a social worker

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Motivational interviewing: “Now I listen more before jumping in with a possible solution”

February 9,2016

Ted Daszkiewicz explains how social workers in Merton are learning techniques to do genuine partnership working with young people and families

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‘Social work is a caring profession – let’s welcome fast-track students with open arms’

February 8,2016

We should scrutinise government policy but support all social work trainees, regardless of the route they choose, writes Social Work Tutor

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‘Wellbeing is at the forefront of the Welsh act but no one seems to know what it is’

February 5,2016

A Welsh practitioner shares his concerns about the upcoming implementation of the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act

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Social work cartoon: ‘Whistleblowing’

February 5,2016

The latest cartoon from Fran...

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Social work trainee: ‘Why I chose Frontline’

February 4,2016

Daniel Johnson tells Community Care about when he first knew he wanted to be a social worker, and why the fast-track route was for him

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Children’s minister: ‘No correlation’ between spending and quality of children’s services

February 4,2016

Edward Timpson's comments came the day before the launch of an inquiry into the impact of cuts on children's services

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Appeal made for social workers who have not received ASYE certificates

February 3,2016

Some practitioners who completed assessed year in 2015 are without certificates, following closure of College of Social Work

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Social work fast-track schemes: what we do and don’t know

February 3,2016

Fast-track training schemes will produce a quarter of all new children's social workers by 2018 but what's the impact of such rapid expansion?

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‘Recommend me or you’ll never see your children again': social worker struck off for abuse of power

February 3,2016

The Peterborough social worker also told a catalogue of lies and made threats to foster carers

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