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Six out of 10 social workers would not recommend their workplace

Community Care and TMP study finds poor management is leading reason why social workers would not encourage others to join their workplace

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Dysfunctional HR and corporate jargon: Why nearly 40% of social workers have bad recruitment experiences

October 1,2014

Research by Community Care and TMP reveals what social workers hate about job hunting

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Lack of NQSW statutory experience leads council to set up its own academy

September 30,2014

Application processes lasting months, layers of corporate speak and lost documents are just some of the bad experiences social workers have had when applying for jobs, according to research by Community Care and the advertising agency TMP. The research, which involved a survey of 2,100 social workers and a series of in-depth interviews, found 37% […]

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Source: Data obtained under FOI from 122 authorities. Breach number based on annual breach rates from 100 councils that held data. For 2014-15 councils were asked to provide data up to 28th August - the date that FOI request was sent out.

Half of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards cases breaching legal timescales

October 1,2014

Experts have welcomed a Supreme Court ruling's extension of key human rights safeguards but councils are struggling to meet demand

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‘The simple idea that has shaken adult social care to its foundations’

October 1,2014

Six months on from a landmark Supreme Court ruling on deprivation of liberty, legal researcher Lucy Series analyses its impact

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Six ways councils are trying to combat a shortage of best interests assessors

October 1,2014

We look at strategies councils are taking to boost BIA capacity to meet a surge in deprivation of liberty cases

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The best interests assessor: ‘We need the resources to make this massively positive Dols ruling a reality’

October 1,2014

A best interests assessor gives their take on how the 'Cheshire West' ruling is impacting frontline staff

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A lawyer’s view on the legal risks to councils from breaching Dols case timescales

October 1,2014

Jess Flanagan, associate solicitor and mental capacity law expert, gives her view on the significance of timescale breaches

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‘The Supreme Court Dols ruling was right but an impossible workload is diluting advocacy’

October 1,2014

An independent mental capacity advocate reflects on the impact of a landmark Supreme Court ruling on deprivation of liberty in care

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Councils rack up £1.4m bill for independent best interests assessors in six months

October 1,2014

Experts say some councils offering £600 per assessment as a surge in deprivation of liberty cases is outstripping the BIA supply at councils

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What happened next? Coventry’s social workers open up about life post-Daniel Pelka

September 30,2014

Community Care spent the day with Coventry’s child protection team and asked how life has changed and what they think of the Council’s divisive recruitment campaign

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Line-up announced for Community Care Live

September 29,2014

Delegates can now see what’s in store for them at the 2014 Children and Families conference

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Mental health social work fast-track scheme to recruit three programme leaders

September 29,2014

Think Ahead, the mental health social work training scheme, is advertising three new positions on its senior leadership team

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Lizzie Lake (top right) with team members of Asha Nepal, a charity which helps survivors of sex trafficking

“It might sound like a business but to me it’s still social work”

September 29,2014

UK social worker, Lizzie Lake, talks about her experiences setting up a business in Nepal and the social work motivation behind it

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Council unlawfully deprived woman of liberty due to ignorance of Mental Capacity Act

September 26,2014

Court of Protection finds Somerset Council committed multiple human rights breaches against disabled woman unlawfully prevented from returning home

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Your guide to the CQC’s new ratings system for adult care services

September 26,2014

Regulator unveils the factors that will determine whether services are rated outstanding, good, requiring improvement or inadequate

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Social work cartoon: ‘The X Factor’

September 26,2014

The latest cartoon from Fran...

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‘It is vital for me to find someone I get on with before even considering employing them’

September 26,2014

Matt, who has cerebral palsy, explains why he has taken to the streets with an innovative advertising campaign after struggling to find a suitable carer

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Social workers outline Care Act learning and development needs

September 26,2014

We pull out some key points from Skills for Care’s consultation on their Care Act learning and development programme

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