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High percentage of social workers leaving the frontline, official data suggests

Experimental statistics from the Department for Education suggest a high percentage of social workers are leaving the frontline

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Wales announces £14 million in funding to support social care workforce following law reform

February 27,2015

Money intended to ensure workforce readiness and raise public awareness of the changes in the Social Services and Well-being Act

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Social work award winners congratulated by minister at parliamentary reception

February 25,2015

Winners of the 2014 Social Worker of the Year Awards said the House of Commons reception was the ‘icing on the cake’

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LGBT housing project will challenge ‘status-quo’ on how care and support is delivered

February 25,2015

Community interest company, Tonic Housing, is hoping to develop residential and domiciliary care services that better reflect the identity of the older LGBT community

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Freya Barrington wrote 'Known To Social Services' to boost public awareness of the profession

Novel penned by social worker aims to show the “impossible task” of social work

February 25,2015

Could 'Known To Social Services' buck the trend of social workers and their careers being poorly represented in the media?

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‘Welsh social workers will not be ‘swallowed up’ by health under new law’, says minister

February 25,2015

Mark Drakeford, health and social services minister for the Welsh Government, talks to Community Care about the rationale behind the country’s social care reforms.

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Newly qualified social worker referred to HCPC after struggling with time management given further suspension

February 25,2015

The Cafcass social worker has not taken steps to remedy her conduct during the original suspension period because of a bereavement

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Suspected minimum wage breaches at 100 care firms ‘tip of the iceberg’, says minister

February 24,2015

Care provider owes 184 workers almost £40,000 for non-payment of the minimum wage, reveals government

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Council to commission out child protection in the biggest outsourcing ‘in a generation’

February 24,2015

Northamptonshire County Council will retain 150 of its 4,000 staff members in a £68m budget cut

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Welsh Government unveils law to overhaul regulation and inspection of social care

February 24,2015

The Regulation and Inspection Bill will shift the responsibility for care failings away from the frontline to ensure providers are held accountable

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Social worker killed herself after fearing she would be discharged from a mental health bed

February 18,2015

A failure to manage Charlotte Faux's perception of her discharge contributed to her death, the coroner said

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‘Don’t call me Mr Fixer’: an interim manager’s lessons learned turning around failing social services

February 17,2015

Mark Gurrey explains how you shift an organisation's culture, why things go wrong and why he's no 'Mr Fix-it'

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Social worker who admitted to child neglect has been suspended

February 17,2015

The social worker received a 12 month ban after being cautioned by the police

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Social work diary: ‘I don’t often feel pride in my career but today is different’

February 16,2015

A social work academic reflects on a visit to her old service and the passion of the profession's next generation...

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Teenager’s death could have been prevented by social care, finds SCR

February 16,2015

Serious case review finds lack of coordinated, holistic response to teenager's needs represented 'out of sight, out of mind' culture

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CQC closes nursing home after finding residents washed in cold water and ignored

February 13,2015

Inspectors said the care at Merok Park in Surrey was ‘simply unacceptable’, with an overpowering smell of urine and severe staff shortages also among the failings

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Open dialogue: A care model that could put mental health social work back on the map?

February 12,2015

This social approach to supporting people experiencing mental health crisis is gaining momentum in the sector but could it be the lever for change social work is looking for? Rachel Carter reports.

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‘No evidence’ to warrant CQC inspection of local authorities, says minister

February 12,2015

Local government minister says councils have been effective in procuring care services, despite concerns over short home care visits

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Scotland consults on controversial ‘named person’ proposals

February 12,2015

Under new legislation, every child in Scotland will have a 'named person' appointed as a guardian of their wellbeing

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