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Graduates of ‘successful’ Step Up to Social Work programme concerned about employment prospects

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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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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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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Providers should make many more applications for deprivation 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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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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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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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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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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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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Social work with older people must be revived to meet ageing challenge, says College report

April 8,2014

Gerontological social work vital to improving quality of life for older people and saving public funding yet at risk of being lost, warns academics

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Safeguarding timescales should be revised to enable person-centred social work, report councils

April 7,2014

Social work practice improved by outcome-focused approach to protecting adults, says report on Making Safeguarding Personal approach

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Skills for Care and National Skills Academy announce merger

April 7,2014

Government welcomes England’s adult social care workforce development bodies’ decision to fuse

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Council launches social work academy and vows to take up to 50 students on placement

April 7,2014

Medway council in Kent is hoping to tackle the nationwide challenge of retaining high-quality social workers by offering a formal support structure

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Social work regulator says Frontline training scheme must meet 31 conditions ahead of its launch this summer

April 7,2014

The Health and Care Professions Council has asked the programme’s organisers to provide further proof that it meets the required standards

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Court of Protection adds weight to social worker evidence in mental capacity assessments

April 4,2014

Court of Protection recognises social workers in revised COP3 form

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Councils should think of ditching low paying care providers says chief civil servant

April 3,2014

DCLG boss tells MPs that local authorities should challenge providers that pay less than the minimum wage

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