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Local authority social workers will be asked to support strike action over pay

Employers accuse Unison of ‘further delaying’ the process of awarding council staff a 1% pay rise backdated to 1 April

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Tell the chief social workers how social care needs to change

April 23,2014

Post your questions for the chief social workers and the Care Quality Commission’s social care lead…

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Simon Stevens

How service user involvement in social work training benefits everyone

April 23,2014

Service user Simon Stevens shares how 10 years of teaching social work students has helped him and his students.

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NHS trust ordered to improve as failings found in third learning disability service

April 23,2014

Man found with ligature round his neck at Southern Health service but trust failed to take timely action to prevent further such incidents, says CQC

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Care worker helping with meds

Better pay for home care workers ‘not enough to ensure improvement of services’

April 22,2014

Pay is important, but employers must also address working conditions and make staff feel valued, says the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

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Councils to outsource children’s social services under government proposals

April 22,2014

Local authorities could set up autonomous bodies for most children’s social care functions, consultation suggests

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Care worker driving between appointments

MPs accuse councils of encouraging growth of zero-hours contracts

April 17,2014

Local authority cuts are fuelling rise in “exploitative” contracts for social care workers, Scottish MPs report.

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Step Up to Social Work graduates concerned about employment prospects, study finds

April 16,2014

Most trainees felt adequately prepared to practise at the end of the course, but some questioned the quality of academic teaching

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Providers should make many more applications to authorise deprivations of liberty, says CQC

April 14,2014

Regulator issues advice to care providers on responding to landmark Supreme Court Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

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HCPC

Social worker struck off after failing to attend hearing into her use of force on girl with autism

April 14,2014

The social worker has provided no evidence of insight into her behaviour since she was suspended from the register a year ago, the regulator found

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Top-rated services to go up to two years without inspection under CQC reform plans

April 11,2014

Regulator to move away from inspecting each service location at least once a year and to get tougher on poorer performers

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Social work students

Why is it so hard to fail social work students in practice learning settings?

April 11,2014

We must acknowledge and reflect upon the emotional impact failing a student can have on all parties, said Dr Jo Finch at a conference this week

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Care worker helping with meds

Negative register for social care staff back on the cards following Law Commission review

April 11,2014

Social work regulator welcomes proposal to make it easier to set up barring schemes

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Test your social work practice against a 20-point ‘serious case review’ checklist

April 10,2014

Safeguarding board hopes new tool will boost social workers’ ‘confidence in practice’ and help managers

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Gavel

Three top tips for social workers in court from a judge of the first-tier social care chamber

April 10,2014

Judge Jeffrey Bryer advises social workers on how best to prepare for an appearance in court

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David Pearson

Councils must ensure care providers treat staff properly, says new directors’ chief

April 10,2014

David Pearson succeeds Sandie Keene as president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

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Deeper cuts to adult social care packages planned as council budgets drop by 4%

April 9,2014

Service users face reductions to support and extra charges for services under council savings plans for 2014-15, finds Community Care

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Safety of new children’s home locations assessed from this month

April 9,2014

Independent Children’s Homes Association says reforms put too great a burden on residential child care providers

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Annie Hudson

Continuing professional development is the key to retaining good social workers, says College chief

April 8,2014

Professional development must not stop on the day you qualify, Annie Hudson tells social workers in Kent

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