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‘The most common characteristics of people who die in house fires were over 60, poor mobility and living alone’

September 22,2014

A tighter eligibility criteria for social services means families must take responsibility for reducing risks of fire for the elderly relatives they support, says Blair McPherson

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‘Why I’m retiring from social work to fight the cuts damaging our service’

September 22,2014

Social worker Terry Skyrme explains why, after 42 years as a social worker, the time is right to step down

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Social work cartoon: ‘Remote working’

September 19,2014

The latest cartoon from Fran...

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‘It’s time to make social work with older people more valuable and more valued’

September 19,2014

A new manifesto aims to set out how social work can enhance social care with older people, writes Gerry Nosowska

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Inspiring social care image shows the little things that make a difference

September 18,2014

Another winning image from Community Care’s social care photography competition captures the joy of learning life skills

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Social work diary: ‘Leaving frontline practice is hard but local authority bureaucracy deadened my soul’

September 18,2014

A new job has given me the chance to be re-inspired by reflection, learning and colleagues who will challenge

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‘We should welcome this Supreme Court ruling- it enshrines social work values in law’

September 12,2014

Mental Capacity Act lead Ian Burgess on how Calderdale Council are responding to the landmark 'Cheshire West' deprivation of liberty ruling

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Social work cartoon: ‘The office reorganisation’

September 12,2014

The latest cartoon from Fran...

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Support workers are key to helping learning disabled people form fruitful and safe relationships

September 11,2014

The line between respecting privacy and failing to prevent harm is a fine line, and knowing when to cross it is vital in all care settings

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Inspiring social care image captures “moment of affection”

September 10,2014

The positive relationship between support worker and service user is clear in a winning image from Community Care's photography competition

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Social work diary: ‘They call it ‘historic abuse’ but for the boy it is a daily living hell’

September 10,2014

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

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‘Why social care for people with learning disabilities must be a 2015 election issue’

September 9,2014

Good quality social care can be vital to people with learning disabilities but too many are being let down by the system, writes Mencap's CEO

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Patricia Fifield (centre) receiving the Overall Social Worker of the Year and Adult Social Worker of the Year awards from awards founder Beverley Williams and James Rook, managing director of headline sponsor Sanctuary Social Care. Photo: Image Source/Matt Grayson

Entry deadline extended for Social Worker of the Year Awards

September 8,2014

Social work practitioners now have until Friday 12 September to submit their entries for the annual celebration of the profession

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Social work cartoon: ‘The IT system’

September 5,2014

The latest cartoon from Fran...

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‘We need a whistleblowing system that staff have confidence in’

September 4,2014

Failures in our whistleblowing system too often punish those who raise concerns, writes ex-social services director Blair McPherson

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Patricia Fifield, Adult and Overall Social Worker of the Year 2013

Social worker of the year: ‘We need to support each other through the difficult times’

September 4,2014

Last year's Social Worker of the Year says she couldn't have survived her 42-year long career without the support of "equally committed" colleagues

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