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Social work diary: ‘The boy opens up to me for the first time in months’

April 23,2014

Just when a child demands my full attention I find myself worrying about paperwork, writes a social worker

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How providers can boost support for people with learning disabilities as they grow older

April 14,2014

Christine Towers explains how a new toolkit aims to help providers and staff improve care

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The reality of being a councillor tasked with saving £65m from your social care budget

April 9,2014

Clare Neill, Derbyshire’s cabinet member for adult social care, explains why she is under pressure to save £65m from her budget in coming years

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Replay our live online discussion of episode two of Channel 4′s social work documentary

April 9,2014

Join us on Thursday at 9pm to discuss the latest episode of Channel 4′s ’15,000 kids and counting’

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Social work cartoon: ‘The new team’

April 3,2014

The latest cartoon from Fran…

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‘State-funded navigators are needed to help older people choose the best care’

April 3,2014

Dr Chai Patel of Demos’s Commission on Residential Care says higher pay and care navigators are key to meeting the challenge of an ageing population

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Claire Selwood

‘I was determined to go back to social work, to prove he hadn’t ruined my career’

April 2,2014

In October 2006, Claire Selwood was stabbed by the father of a child on her caseload. Here, she describes what happened after the attack

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Social work cartoon: ‘Case allocation’

March 27,2014

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‘Increasing waits for specialist assessments are damaging the lives of deafblind people’

March 26,2014

Deafblind people are waiting longer for the assessments and services they need to live independently. The Care Bill must ensure this changes

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Bridget Robb

Why it’s worth hanging on to a UK-wide concept of social work

March 21,2014

We must not let social work in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales drift too far apart, says Bridget Robb, chief executive of BASW

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Making the care system fit for an ageing population

March 18,2014

Richard Humphries of The King’s Fund looks at how social care can meet one of this generation’s biggest policy challenges

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The moral and economic case for adult social work

March 18,2014

The College of Social Work policy advisor Owen Davies says more attention needs to be placed on adult social work

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‘Why Martin Narey is wrong to dismiss social justice’

March 18,2014

On World Social Work Day 2014, Ruth Stark explains why she feels all social workers have a duty to promote social justice

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Social work diary: ‘The loss of staff is seeing our team spread too thinly’

March 12,2014

A mental health social worker reflects on a challenging week of cuts, care and a rare opportunity to do some core social work…

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‘My social worker understood’: the difference social care made to one man’s mental health

March 12,2014

Lee Brookes, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder eight years ago, shares his experience of social care support…

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‘MPs’ report on children’s homes should help heal damage and hurt in sector’

March 12,2014

Education select committee report very welcome after turbulent two years for residential child care sector, writes Jonathan Stanley

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