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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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Alan Clyne, adult social care convenor for Unison at Surrey County Council.

Meet the Steward: ‘There was a major restructure and I thought, this isn’t going to be good’

December 3,2013

In the third of our series about the people behind Unison, Community Care talks to Alan Clyne, adult social worker and convenor at Surrey council

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“I felt powerless and nobody was listening.”

November 5,2013

A social work student recounts how her second practice placement not only made her feel helpless and unsupported but also led to the termination of her social work course.

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Social work students being given unsupervised responsibility for risk and safeguarding assessments on placement

November 1,2013

As the new standards for practice educators come into effect, a survey by Community Care reveals the quality of placements is still highly variable

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What social care can learn from the NHS’s system for recording and tackling violence

August 21,2013

The number of people prosecuted for assault on NHS staff is rising rapidly year on year thanks to NHS Protect, its national system for recording incidents. Max Daly looks at what social care could take away from this approach.

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Social workers and care staff are as likely to be attacked in the office as they are on home visits

August 19,2013

Our latest investigation into violence in the sector suggests care staff are more likely to be subjected to threats and abuse than qualified social workers.

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Meet the steward: Unions can help drive up the quality of social care, argues Kirsten Hey

July 3,2013

In the second of our look at the people behind the Unison, Community Care caught up with occupational therapist Kirsten Hey, a union steward for health and social care in Edinburgh council.

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Social worker or benefits adviser? Examining the impact of welfare reforms

May 7,2013

Should social workers take responsibility for helping service users negotiate the complex and ever-changing benefits system? Mathew Little reports

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Council social workers ‘forced to subsidise cost of driving for work’

March 26,2013

Unison has slammed the way social workers and other local government staff are compensated for the cost of running their cars, claiming neither the current National Joint Council allowance nor the HM Revenue and Customs mileage rates are fair.

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Unison members campaign for fair pay for social care professionals

Meet the steward: hear why social worker Paula Black became a UNISON branch secretary

February 25,2013

"We are notoriously bad at standing up for ourselves because we spend the whole time standing up for everyone else," says UNISON branch secretary Paula Black.

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Helping social workers progress up the career ladder

February 11,2013

Councils in England are in the midst of translating the Professional Capabilities Framework into a tool for developing the skills and experience of social workers. Tristan Donovan finds out how.

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More social care assessments done through call centres

June 29,2012

Quarter of social care professionals say initial assessments are carried out through call centres, while there has been an apparent fall in face-to-face assessments, finds Community Care's annual personalisation survey.

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Personal budgets increasingly bureaucratic, say professionals

June 29,2012

Over 80% of social care practitioners say personalisation has led to more bureaucracy in their role, an increase on last year, finds Community Care's annual personalisation survey.

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Service users to benefit from personalisation but involvement lacking

June 29,2012

Half of social care professionals expect personal budgets to be good for service users but most say users not involved in making personalisation happen, finds Community Care survey.

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2013 personal budgets for all target ‘will be missed’

June 29,2012

Just a quarter of social care professionals believe all eligible users will be on personal budgets by 2013 as government intends, finds Community Care's personalisation survey.

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86% of professionals say cuts will impede progress with personalisation

Cuts hurting personalisation, warn social workers

June 29,2012

Budget reductions are limiting chioce for users and resources are not allocated in line with need , say professionals responding to Community Care's annual survey on personalisation.

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