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Beverley Williams (left) and James Rook (right) with 2014 Social Worker of the Year, Zahraa Adam Photo: Matt Grayson

Entries open for 2015 Social Worker of the Year Awards

Social workers can now put themselves forward for the annual social work awards

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Social workers face more than 10% rise in registration fees

March 27,2015

The HCPC says its hands are tied as increased costs from government have compelled the reugulator to consider the fee increase

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CQC role “critical” to ensuring success of the Care Certificate, says Cavendish

March 26,2015

The certificate was a key recommendation from Camilla Cavendish’s review into the unregulated health and social care workforce and sets out 15 basic training standards for frontline staff

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‘My clients are certainly worth more than just a tick on the rota’

March 30,2015

Paying attention to the finer details and adapting to each call is an essential part of my role, writes Sheila, a home care worker for Bluebird Care in York

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Do you worry about burnout? Community Care launches study

March 30,2015

Community Care has commissioned Queens University to help us undertake what we hope will be the largest study of social worker burnout in the UK

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‘15 minute visits are leaving care workers with an intolerable choice’

March 27,2015

The short-term approach to commissioning is a ticking time bomb and we need to stop neglecting care workers, writes Neil Taggart

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‘Professionalisation will get to the heart of the home care issue’

March 27,2015

The new HELPcare project at Lancaster University hopes to find the right model of continuing professional development and training for care workers across the EU, writes Carolyn Downs

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Councils mount legal challenge against Care Act funding allocations

March 26,2015

West Berkshire and Wokingham, which both have critical eligibility thresholds, say Department of Health has not given them enough money to implement act

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Sector fears Trowler’s agenda undermining reform efforts as Morning Lane set to develop pass/fail test

March 26,2015

Fears that the Department for Education is looking outside the sector for social work expertise has led to questions around influence and agendas within government

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Councils ready for Care Act but raise concerns about costs on eve of implementation

March 25,2015

99% of councils confident about implementing Care Act on 1 April but one fifth concerned that they lack funds to do so, finds final stocktake of readiness

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Academic body publishes open letter voicing concerns about controversial pass or fail test

March 25,2015

The letter is in response to news that accreditation of a new pass or fail test for social workers will be outsourced to the private sector

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From radical social worker to responsible manager

March 24,2015

Social workers who lose their inner firebrand when they move into management are not selling out, finds Blair McPherson in this "interview" with a practitioner who made the transition

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First ever substance misuse framework for social workers launches

March 23,2015

The national substance misuse guidance sets out what social workers at every stage of their career should know

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Take part: researchers launch study into the experience of social workers referred to the HCPC

March 20,2015

The three academics are looking for social workers to be interviewed under the condition of anonymity to help with their research

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CQC chief sets out plans for regulating integrated care

March 20,2015

Regulator to adapt to joining up of health and social care by inspecting integrated services and assessing quality of care across localities, says David Behan

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‘Inspiring’ strategy in Scotland aims to support social workers

March 20,2015

A forum of academics, politicians and sector representatives was set up to plan Scotland's social services developments for the next five years

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‘Housing with care is not a shallow and cynical rebrand of the residential care sector’

March 19,2015

Implementing this key recommendation from the Demos Commission on Residential Care will change the way we look at the sector and make care positive, writes Julienne Meyer

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KPMG and Morning Lane Associates expected to develop pass or fail test for children’s social workers

March 18,2015

The government contract to ensure a minimum level of knowledge and skills is worth around £2m

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Former minister Alan Johnson shadows social workers in his home borough

March 18,2015

Alan Johnson reflects on his own social worker growing up after shadowing Frontline participants for a day

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