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‘Secret filming is not the way to address social work’s problems’

May 27,2016

The Principal Children and Families Social Workers Network react to Dispatches undercover investigation into Birmingham’s children’s services

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Does the social work bill actually create new offences for social workers?

May 27,2016

What do the offences regulations in the bill actually mean? Both Community Care and Isabelle Trowler got it wrong, argues Allan Norman

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‘Dispatches child protection programme was neither fair nor constructive’

May 27,2016

Ray Jones gives his take on Channel 4's documentary on Birmingham's children's services

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‘Social workers are in the spotlight: can we harness the attention for good?’

May 26,2016

Our profession, particularly child protection, is under intense scrutiny from media and government. How we respond will be crucial, writes Social Work Tutor

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The Prime Minister set out his reform plans in a Sunday Times piece last weekend

‘The government’s new legislation will strip social workers of our independence’

May 23,2016

The Children and Social Work Bill shows the government’s determination to make social work a politically-controlled profession

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Winners of the Inspiring Images of Social Care 2016 competition announced

May 17,2016

The 12 winning images will feature in a 2017 charity calendar

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‘Yes Prime Minister, children have been let down for too long…by you’

May 16,2016

Social Work Tutor responds to David Cameron's vow to show 'zero tolerance of state failure' in children's services

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‘If every university social work department shut when would busy practitioners notice?’

May 13,2016

Social workers need protected study time so they can learn about the latest research and apply it in practice, argues Matt Bee

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As doctors and teachers fight back, why are social workers laying down to government?

May 11,2016

The way our teaching and medical colleagues have been galvanised to campaign against government policies should be a wake-up call for social work, writes Social Work Tutor

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More paperwork is taking social workers further from what matters, according to Social Work Tutor

‘Social workers don’t need to be told what to do – we need more time to do it’

May 6,2016

Many practitioners are doing an incredible job despite cuts, criticism and the looming threat of more reform, argues Social Work Tutor

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Social work cartoon: ‘Bring your pet to work’

May 6,2016

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Social work cartoon: ‘Working all hours’

April 28,2016

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‘Social workers are tied up by rules – is it time to start disobeying them?’

April 28,2016

Rule-compliance is at the heart of modern social work even when the rules are wasteful, wrong and get in the way of good practice, writes Matt Bee

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Why I’ve gone from sceptic to supporter of the Think Ahead social work scheme

April 27,2016

The programme has taken concerns seriously and worked with social workers and service users to address them, writes Martin Webber

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Social work diary: ‘The boy is finding the changes hard’

April 25,2016

A children's social worker reflects on a week on the frontline

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Social work cartoon: ‘Mindfulness’

April 22,2016

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