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Education Secretary Nicky Morgan (Photo: David Hartley/REX)

Government to create practice leaders to oversee social work in councils

Education secretary Nicky Morgan also confirms the introduction of Approved Child and Family Practitioner status and announces more money for Frontline

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Average caseloads rise 34% in the past year amidst government “complacency”

October 29,2014

Unmanageable caseloads have led to most social workers losing a member of their team

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First social worker on The Apprentice is fired

October 30,2014

Steven Ugoalah, who described himself as the best social worker in the world, fails to impress Lord Alan Sugar

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DfE to more than treble funding for innovative children’s social work

October 31,2014

Children's minister Edward Timpson says the Children's Social Care Innovation Programme will get £100m in 2015/16

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Two-thirds of adult services inspected under new CQC regime are ‘good’

October 31,2014

Care Quality Commission says that 21 out of the 31 adult social care providers it has assessed since changing its inspection regime are 'good'

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‘I would be in the library and feel eyes on me as my tics decided to make an appearance’

October 31,2014

NQSW describes the difficulties of completing a social work degree when suffering Tourette’s and hearing problems

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Charity shares early findings for helping transitions for young people with complex needs

October 31,2014

Deafblind charity Sense says transitions into adulthood often go wrong when not enough time and resources have been put into managing them

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Social work cartoon: ‘Championing client care’

October 31,2014

The latest cartoon from Fran...

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Adults chief Lyn Romeo orders evidence review in bid to ‘revitalise’ adult social work practice

October 31,2014

Chief social worker's first annual report highlights need to strengthen evidence base on social work and distinguish it from wider social care policy

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Councils and NHS budget shift brings Better Care Fund to £5.8bn

October 30,2014

Local authorities and NHS commissioners add a further £1.5bn into the pooled budget for health and social care integration

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Social workers hit with 11% increase in referrals to children’s services

October 30,2014

Latest government figures show increase in demand for children's social care is largest for a number of years

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Alternative care approach saved council more than £800,000 by keeping families together

October 30,2014

Blackburn with Darwen DCS Linda Clegg says an early intervention project that helps families stay together has saved the council more than £800,000

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Council to offer agency social workers full access to training

October 30,2014

Wolverhampton will give agency workers the same training as permanent staff

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Adult services directors want more evidence on the benefits of telecare

October 30,2014

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services survey finds a 'strong appetite' among councils to share best practice on assistive living technologies

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How telecare is cutting hospital admissions and impressing social workers

October 30,2014

Community Care speaks to Havering Council to find out the secrets behind the success of their On Track telecare initiative

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Social workers and GPs should be ‘in the driving seat’ on health and social care integration

October 29,2014

But joint report says more multidisciplinary education and co-location of services is needed to help practitioners understand each other's roles

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ADCS president blasts Ofsted inspections for their ‘corrosive’ effect

October 29,2014

Alan Wood tells conference poor Ofsted ratings "leave a scar" on children's services

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Alastair Gibbons will become Birmingham's executive director of children's services in February

Birmingham names new director of children’s services

October 29,2014

Alastair Gibbons recruited to replace Bernadette McNally, who quit the role before starting work

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Councils ‘must not underestimate’ impact of Care Act advocacy duties

October 29,2014

A new guide for commissioning advocacy under the Care Act urges councils to consider expanding existing capacity

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