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Support for social workers is key to fixing failing services, says Slough’s new children’s commissioner

Following last week’s news that Slough will follow Doncaster and have its children’s services moved into an independent trust, Community Care talks to key players Eleanor Brazil and Paul Moffat about the model

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Media bashing of highly paid directors masks the true problems around appointing interim social care managers

October 14,2014

Children living with parental alcohol misuse are missing out on support if their parents have not already sought treatment, according to a report by the children’s commissioner. The report used local authority data and interviews with children, parents and professionals in three different local authorities. It found that existing support  focuses on the adult or young […]

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Why I joined the NHS pay strike: a social worker’s story

October 15,2014

Going on strike presented an ethical dilemma but I made this stand on the issue of fairness, writes Edd Donovan

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Children living with parental alcohol abuse are being missed by system, report finds

October 20,2014

A children's commissioner report has found children living with parental alcohol misuse are falling through the cracks

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Interim DCS to leave Somerset as improvements are ‘not at the level and speed anticipated’

October 20,2014

Peter Lewis' contract has been terminated. Council boss says highest paid director of children's services in England does not offer 'value for money'

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Birmingham’s new children’s services boss quits before starting

October 17,2014

Appointed in August, McNally was undergoing an introductory period this month before formally beginning in November

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Social work cartoon: ‘Office changes’

October 17,2014

Social work cartoon: 'Office changes'

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One in five nursing homes too short-staffed to ensure safe care, finds watchdog

October 16,2014

CQC State of Care report finds standard of social care generally improving but warns of nursing shortage

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Care home loses council contract over failure to support staff

October 16,2014

A Nottingham care home has had its contract with the council suspended after three successive CQC inspections found training and supervision to be lacking

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DH releases £4m Care Act training fund amid concerns over workforce readiness

October 16,2014

Regional grant announced after stocktake exercise revealed council concerns over training capacity and workforce readiness

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‘Social work in the Arctic? What were you doing, counselling penguins?’ Reactions to The Apprentice’s first social worker

October 15,2014

Steven Ugoalah had already brought attention to himself in his audition where he claimed to be the best social worker in the world, said he would find a way to be excellent on Mars and said he was the only social worker to have done social work in the Arctic.

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Social worker sanctioned over Facebook posts reflects on feeling abandoned amidst a media storm

October 14,2014

Siobhan Condon was sanctioned by the HCPC last month for posting comments about a case on Facebook, she has spoken to Community Care and reflected on her experiences

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CQC finds ‘unacceptable’ variation in quality of dementia care

October 13,2014

Nine out of 10 care homes and hospitals had elements of poor or variable care, review by social care regulator finds

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National assessment for newly qualified social workers in adult services planned

October 10,2014

Chief social worker for adults puts plans out to consultation as part of 'knowledge and skills statement' for social workers in adults services

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Social worker and The Apprentice hopeful claims he is “the best in the world”

October 10,2014

Steven Ugoalah spent a year in the Arctic doing community development social work and currently runs his own consultancy and property portfolio

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BASW ‘dismay’ over Isabelle Trowler’s skills statement for children’s social workers

October 10,2014

BASW says chief social worker's statement ignores non-statutory social work and could add bureaucracy to social work education

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Unions call off strike after employers offer new pay deal

October 10,2014

Next week's general strike has been cancelled while unions consider the new deal

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Social work cartoon: ‘The staffing issues’

October 10,2014

The latest cartoon from Fran

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‘Quality of learning overshadowed by students’ anxiety to meet the bursary criteria’

October 9,2014

How is the cap on bursaries affecting social work courses? Two educators share the sometimes saddening results of a of their year 1 cohort

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