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How to learn the Care Act 2014 while juggling your caseload

April 28,2015

Learning with colleagues and with service users are among Matt Bee's suggestions for boning up on the Care Act while staying on top of your workload

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‘Why the decline of the social services policy officer has been bad news for social work’

April 28,2015

While they were much maligned by social workers and directors, policy officers played a pivotal role in championing best practice and we need to reverse their decline, says Blair Mcpherson

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You are the experts – speak up on election day

April 27,2015

Unless you make your voice, your opinion and your needs heard on May 7th, no one will ever listen, writes campaigner Martha Dalton

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Social work cartoon: ‘Winning your vote’

April 24,2015

The latest from Fran...

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Social work diary: ‘The political soundbites ignore the skills needed for child protection’

April 22,2015

The bedroom tax, genetic disorders and political posturing feature in a challenging week for this children's social worker

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We need to talk about the dangers of overestimating risk

April 21,2015

Social work lecturer Rhian Taylor discusses the culture of assessing risk highly, and why it's not as consequence-free as you might think

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Decisions to safeguard adults with learning disabilities can make them less safe

April 21,2015

Being vigilant about abuse and acting when it happens mustn't be used to justify unnecessary restrictive decisions that pass themselves off as prevention, says Bob Tindall

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How ideology is widening the gulf between social workers and managers

April 17,2015

Former social worker and director Blair McPherson examines the roots of the growing divide between social workers and their bosses

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Social work diary: ‘It’s the hardest day of my career so far’

April 10,2015

A school social worker struggles to manage one particular case and its associated stresses

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Social work cartoon: ‘Are you a leader or a follower?’

April 10,2015

The latest from Fran...

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Health and social care have clients in common but not cultures

April 9,2015

Plymouth Council has pooled its entire social care budget with the local NHS and transferred all of its adult social care workforce to a community health provider in a drive to develop integrated services.
Is this the future for social…

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‘Visual impairment workers face crisis despite Care Act 2014′s emphasis on their role’

April 2,2015

By Simon Labbett, chair, Rehabilitation Workers Professional Network
In December 2013, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (Adass) re-issued its Position statement on visual impairment rehabilitation in the context of personalisation. At the time one wonders how much…

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Lamb: Why we are providing £25m to help staff deliver the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

March 27,2015

One-off investment for 2015-16 will help local authorites use Dols to protect rights of vulnerable people, says care minister

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Share your inspiring images of social care in our 2015 charity photo competition

March 25,2015

Submit photos that capture why you're proud to work in social care by 10 April to be in with a chance of winning a place on our third charity calendar

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Academic body publishes open letter voicing concerns about controversial pass or fail test

March 25,2015

The letter is in response to news that accreditation of a new pass or fail test for social workers will be outsourced to the private sector

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From radical social worker to responsible manager

March 24,2015

Social workers who lose their inner firebrand when they move into management are not selling out, finds Blair McPherson in this "interview" with a practitioner who made the transition

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