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Inspiring Images of Social Care 2016: view the shortlist and vote for your favourite

April 29,2016

You can vote for the one you like best via the Community Care Facebook page or by commenting on this article

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Munro: ‘Hotdesking is harming social work’

April 29,2016

Author of landmark child protection review says challenging poor working conditions for social workers is one of the ‘most important tasks ahead’

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Court backs care for children after mum tried taking them to Islamic State

April 29,2016

The mother's clear intent to travel to Islamic State and contact with jihadists put three Leicester children at risk of 'very significant harm, if not death'

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Social work cartoon: ‘Working all hours’

April 28,2016

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‘Social workers are tied up by rules – is it time to start disobeying them?’

April 28,2016

Rule-compliance is at the heart of modern social work even when the rules are wasteful, wrong and get in the way of good practice, writes Matt Bee

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Social workers fare well in accreditation pilot

April 27,2016

Survey of practitioners who took part found most felt scenarios used to assess practice were realistic

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Ofsted: Council’s progress at risk from reliance on agency social workers

April 27,2016

Northamptonshire upgraded to 'requires improvement', but Ofsted warns that heavy use of agency social workers could harm further progress

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Social worker struck off after disclosing case details

April 27,2016

Care Council for Wales' fitness-to-practise committee finds actions of child protection social worker breached confidentiality and could have put children at risk

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Why I’ve gone from sceptic to supporter of the Think Ahead social work scheme

April 27,2016

The programme has taken concerns seriously and worked with social workers and service users to address them, writes Martin Webber

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Rise in care homes going out of business

April 26,2016

Research by accountancy firm Moore Stephens shows steady increase in number of care home providers entering insolvency

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Council to step up clampdown on agency social worker pay

April 26,2016

Buckinghamshire Council to encourage more authorities to join regional bid to cap agency pay and seek more male social workers

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Updated: Police hunt for two men after social work office ‘targeted’ in shooting

April 25,2016

Police in Manchester are appealing for information after 'purposeful attack' on social services building

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ADCS president aims to improve public image of care and end ‘formulaic’ social work

April 22,2016

Dave Hill also uses inaugural speech as president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services to promise closer co-operation with adult service directors

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Social work cartoon: ‘Mindfulness’

April 22,2016

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Children’s social work accreditation risks being ‘punitive’ not supportive, inquiry told

April 21,2016

Education committee's inquiry into social work reforms also hears government has placed too little focus on retention of staff

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‘Burnt out’ social worker tells HCPC to remove him from register after practice failings

April 20,2016

The experienced social worker made the request while he was facing allegations of poor practice

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