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Find out what’s really going on in the social work jobs market

November 19,2014

Free Community Care webinar to offer insights into social worker recruitment, retention and job-seeking behaviour

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Personal assistants at risk of abuse because of poor support

November 19,2014

Skills for Care finds personal assistants’ isolation is leaving them vulnerable

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Grooming suspects banned from contact with girls under 18 in groundbreaking ruling

November 20,2014

Birmingham City Council secures injunctions against six men suspected of child sexual exploitation using Medieval law

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Adult social care bosses plan early warning system to flag struggling services

November 20,2014

Tool is one of a set of new sector-led improvement projects being developed by Towards Excellence in Adult Social Care partnership

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How is stress impacting the UK’s social workers?

November 19,2014

Help Community Care highlight how stress is affecting social workers by taking part in our anonymous survey

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Local authority employees receive 2.2% pay increase

November 18,2014

A pay offer has been accepted by three major unions after long dispute

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Is tackling neglect no longer the job of social workers?

November 18,2014

As child protection referrals continue to rise social workers are being forced to leave the issue of neglect to other professionals

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Council cuts child protection plans by 40 per cent

November 17,2014

Leeds City Council to explain how it boosted kinship care using family group conferencing at Community Care Live

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It’s not good enough for a council to say it cannot guarantee same sex carers

November 17,2014

Local government ombudsman has criticised Warwickshire council for failing to provide a disabled woman with adequate care

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College calls on government to set up adult social work innovation fund

November 17,2014

Equivalent to £130m children's services innovation fund needed to ensure adult social work 'not left behind', says College chair

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Former government adviser to take up children’s commissioner post

November 14,2014

4Children chief Anne Longfield had her independence as commissioner questioned in parliament

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Social work cartoon: ‘The promotion’

November 14,2014

The latest cartoon from Fran...

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Spending on agency social workers has increased by a third

November 14,2014

Community Care’s annual investigation finds average spend on temporary agency staff is £1.8m per council

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First increase in social work vacancies for four years sees one in 10 posts vacant

November 14,2014

Community Care’s annual survey finds similar rises in vacancies across both children’s and adults social care

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Gold Standards Framework revised to enable more care homes to gain end-of-life accreditation

November 13,2014

The end of life care trainers have created three new pathways in a bid to encourage more residential and nursing providers to gain accreditation

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13 prompts for reflective social work practice

November 13,2014

We pick out some of the messages from a poster campaign designed to prompt debate, reflection and reaction within social work teams

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Longer waits for reablement support as staffing levels drop and demand rises

November 12,2014

National audit of intermediate care finds that expansion of services is 'urgently needed' to meet growing need

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Service users with dementia and autism most likely to assault social care staff

November 11,2014

A report from Skills for Care finds one in four workers in adult social care have experienced physical abuse in past year

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