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Social worker stress can be a symptom of organisational problems

Alex Chard examines why employers need a better approach to tackling social worker burnout

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VIDEO: The 9.5% pay cut that’s making care workers struggle to afford food

January 26,2015

Barnet care workers for learning disabled adults talk about their struggle since deep pay cuts imposed by the council

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How Community Care Live is changing in 2015 and how you can book your place

January 26,2015

This year we’ll be running two events – one in Birmingham and one in London – covering the latest in adults and children’s social work

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Community Care launches iPad app

January 29,2015

All the latest social care news, analysis and jobs available free on the Apple tablet

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New children’s commissioner for Wales is expert in adoption and child protection

January 29,2015

Sally Holland, founder of the CASCADE children’s social care research centre, will take up the post in April

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Children’s social workers set controversial pass or fail test to practise

January 28,2015

Social workers will face pass or fail tests when assessed for practice statuses, announced by the education secretary in October

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Shirley Dunkin-Read says mindfulness training has made a real difference to her wellbeing at work

‘How mindfulness is helping me handle the stress of social work’

January 28,2015

Training provided by my employer has made a real difference to my wellbeing, writes Shirley Dunkin-Read

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‘Negative media coverage can only be tackled by disrupting the social care system’

January 27,2015

Bad care makes headlines but the deeper systemic failures that lie beneath it are the real problem, writes John Burton

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Why social workers should mark Holocaust Memorial Day

January 26,2015

BASW professional officer Joe Godden on why social workers should mark Holocaust Memorial Day

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Top tips for newly qualified social workers on anxiety, job-hunting and networking

January 26,2015

Zoe Betts looks back at feedback she's had from NQSWs over the past four years of running support events for them

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‘Person-centred care is ingrained in all of us’

January 23,2015

David Wilson, chief executive of Robert Owen Communities, reflects on receiving an ‘outstanding’ rating from the CQC

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First graduate in dementia studies shares her expertise

January 21,2015

Iffat Mazoor is the first person to complete the pioneering new degree programme in dementia studies, while continuing to work as a care assistant

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‘Getting angry with government over care cuts would undermine our influence’ – Adass chief

January 21,2015

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services president David Pearson responds to criticism that he should be using broadcast interviews to attack the government over care cuts

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Care workers strike over 9.5% pay cut

January 21,2015

The Barnet care workers say the council could have prevented the cut, but chose not to act

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‘I graduated from a social work master’s with distinction- now I’m a cleaner’

January 21,2015

Newly qualified social worker Vita La Porta explains the frustrations of getting on the job ladder

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Supported hospital discharge scheme is an ‘invaluable second pair of hands’

January 19,2015

The Royal Voluntary Service is boosting wellbeing for older people, reducing readmissions and building relationships with social workers, writes chief executive David McCullough

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Registered care home managers: An undervalued workforce?

January 19,2015

After new research highlights the lack of knowledge surrounding the care home manager role, Rachel Carter investigates the skills, experiences and challenges of this section of the social care workforce

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How our home care service achieved an ‘outstanding’ CQC rating

January 19,2015

Compassion and empathy are what make for outstanding care standards on a day-to-day basis, writes Gail Godson, director of Home Instead Senior Care West Lancashire and Chorley

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There is nothing more deflating than seeing colleagues burst into tears because of workloads

January 19,2015

By Imelda Hall, social worker
There is no doubt that being a social worker in this day and age can be pretty stressful. The demands of a hefty case load, high expectations and a lack of resources have seen many…

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