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News, practice information and opinion on social work pay, conditions and working practices
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Top tips to help social workers and GPs work better together

May 25,2016

Robin Miller and Catherine Mangan share their tips following the launch of exclusive training materials on Community Care Inform Adults

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Watch: Clips from undercover investigation into Birmingham children’s services

May 25,2016

Dispatches programme to raise concerns over special guardianship orders, high social worker caseloads and lack of supervision for staff

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Jo Brand’s social work sitcom gets Channel 4 series

May 25,2016

'Damned', which was piloted last year on Sky, will feature two social workers 'swimming against a tide of bureaucracy and pedantry'

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Council’s poor management of social workers led to ‘drift and delay’, Ofsted finds

May 24,2016

The quality of child protection investigations were also found to be 'variable'

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Five things social workers need to know about the Children and Social Work Bill

May 24,2016

The government's new legislation promises an overhaul of social work. What does it mean for frontline staff?

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Government is treating vital scrutiny of its social work reforms as a distraction

May 23,2016

Editorial: The Children and Social Work Bill marks a radical overhaul of social work. It demands proper critique.

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‘The government’s new legislation will strip social workers of our independence’

May 23,2016

The Children and Social Work Bill shows the government’s determination to make social work a politically-controlled profession

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Government bill paves way for criminal offences for social worker misconduct

May 23,2016

Children and Social Work Bill also links ‘social worker discipline’ to fitness-to-practise proceedings

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Social work bill gives government power to ‘exempt’ children’s services from legal duties

May 21,2016

Measures in Children and Social Work Bill will allow government to ‘test new ways of working’ by granting councils opt out from certain statutory duties

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New legislation opens door to direct government regulation of social workers

May 20,2016

BASW raises concerns over move, warning standards must be independent of short-term government priorities

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Social care providers are being forced to deliver care at loss, writes Jane Townson
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‘Lack of funding for national living wage means poorer people will miss out on care’

May 20,2016

Unfunded cost pressures leave providers no choice but to rely on self-funders to avoid care home closures and job losses, writes Jane Townson

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New reforms might just be what social workers and children want – and need

May 20,2016

Andy Elvin argues measures in the new Children and Social Work Bill might address things children and social workers have needed for a while

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Police release CCTV footage of gunmen who shot at social work offices

May 20,2016

Greater Manchester Police is urging anyone with information about the shooting to come forward

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Undercover documentary on social work in ‘inadequate’ council to air on Channel 4

May 19,2016

Undercover: Inside Britain's children's services will air on Thursday 26 May

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Council puts emergency investment into new social workers amid takeover fears

May 19,2016

£1.5 million will be made available to recruit more frontline social workers and managers at an 'inadequate' council

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‘Authoritarian responses to social work failure damage morale – and increase risk’

May 19,2016

We must stamp out fear and make staff morale a priority, writes Roger Price

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