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How does care leaver support in the UK compare with the rest of the world?

October 23,2014

The University of York's Mike Stein examines how support for British care leavers fares in comparison with those elsewhere in the world

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‘I love social work but returning from annual leave should come with a health warning’

October 22,2014

Returning from annual leave should come with a health warning, writes a social worker in a children's services team

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Social worker on The Apprentice: ‘Can social work be blended with light entertainment?’

October 22,2014

'We are so used to being in the firing line that we can be hyper sensitive to anything to do with social work that may put us in a less than favourable light'

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‘Residential childcare can provide opportunities for siblings to stay together’

October 21,2014

A looked-after children’s social worker makes the case for why residential childcare should not just be treated as the placement of ‘last resort’

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Social work cartoon: ‘Office changes’

October 17,2014

Social work cartoon: 'Office changes'

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Five ways to help deafblind children when implementing the SEN reforms

October 16,2014

Steve Rose of the deafblind charity Sense explains what practitioners need to know about the reforms to special educational needs

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Diary of an autistic social work student: “it’s tiring trying to fit into a neuro-typical world”

October 15,2014

One social work student reflects on the additional challenges facing autistic social workers, and their need for greater awareness from peers

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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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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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Social work cartoon: ‘The staffing issues’

October 10,2014

The latest cartoon from Fran

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‘I am a survivor of domestic abuse and I am a social worker’

October 9,2014

'One of the worst parts of my experience was not being believed by some professionals', writes Nushra Mansuri.

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‘They seem like such simple tasks but give a real insight into how the boy’s parents are with him, in real life situations’

October 9,2014

A NQSW reflects on how techniques to assess attachment helped her prepare a section 7 report for a child who desparately needed stability

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‘Don’t let politicians scapegoat social workers’

October 9,2014

Former director Blair McPherson discusses blame culture, high-profile resignations and politicians 'playing to the 10 o'clock news'

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‘The rush to boost best interests assessor numbers must not lead to substandard training’

October 8,2014

The current rush to train best interests assessors must not lead to substandard courses being provided, writes Keith Brown

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Social work diary: ‘The girl asks if Santa will bring her any toys now?’

October 8,2014

A children's social worker reflects on a challenging week...

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An ideological approach to adoption figures means we are missing important trends

October 7,2014

Academics Brigid Featherstone and Paul Bywaters look deeper into recently published figures about looked after children.

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