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The overall winner of the 2015 Inspiring Images of Social Care competition was submitted by Equal Arts, a charity delivering arts and older people’s projects in NE England

Inspiring Images of Social Care 2015: The winners

May 22,2015

These 12 winning images from Community Care's third annual charity photo competition will brighten your day

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Social work cartoon: ‘Welfare’

May 21,2015

The latest from Fran...

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Supporting women with alcohol issues: what social workers need to know

May 20,2015

Problematic alcohol use among women is often associated with domestic or sexual abuse or self-harm and requires a tailored and sensitive response from practitioners, says Dr Patsy Staddon

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My boss is incompetent and lazy

May 19,2015

Blair McPherson illustrates how the view is different depending on if you are a team manager, deputy or social worker

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Social work cartoon: ‘The election’

May 15,2015

The latest cartoon from Fran

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Social work needs to find a strong, collective voice. And fast.

May 8,2015

Comment: The election result signals profound changes to public services. Social work needs to be prepared to respond.

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‘We’re shining a light on the everyday life of people with mental health difficulties’

May 8,2015

How can we expect to improve services when we don't really know much about what day-to-day life is like for people using them?

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‘Vulnerable people will need us more than ever’ – social workers’ election reaction

May 8,2015

With the Conservative party looking likely to win a majority, social workers and people involved in social care have shared their views on the general election results

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‘Open dialogue is an opportunity for post-psychiatry evolution not anti-psychiatry revolution’

May 8,2015

There’s a real ‘sea change’ in the air as services crumble under ongoing austerity measures and increasing caseloads, writes mental health social worker Ash Holderness

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‘If coffee shop staff can be trusted with their company’s money, why not social workers?’

May 6,2015

As the chief executive of a leading chain says it lets staff give free coffees away, local authorities should put similar trust in social workers, says Blair Mcpherson

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‘Practitioners must use Care Act to reverse reduction in support for older carers’

May 6,2015

Older carers are growing in number but fewer are receiving support, but the Care Act provides an opportunity to tackle this, says Helena Herklots

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Social work diary: ‘The school acts like a casualty department for deprived families’

May 6,2015

The impact of benefit cuts is right in front of us but my colleagues don't seem interested in politics or the looming election

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Social work cartoon: ‘Party political broadcasts’

May 5,2015

The latest from Fran...

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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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