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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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‘My care file left out my voice. As a social worker I won’t make the same mistake’

April 22,2016

Reading the social services file on my time in care made me reflect on my own practice

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As the council unveils its underspend, desks lie empty in children’s services

April 21,2016

Our local authority's failure to retain supervising social workers is leaving foster carers vulnerable

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The human cost of the government’s delay to the Care Act funding reforms

April 19,2016

The cap on care costs had been due to come into force this month but has been delayed until 2020. Clare Evans explains what this means for self-funders like her

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‘Looking after the vulnerable requires social workers to prioritise their own wellbeing too’

April 19,2016

Social work lecturer Jim Greer offers advice on how social workers can protect their emotional wellbeing and resilience

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Social work cartoon: ‘Stress management’

April 15,2016

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Mindful social work: ‘I was really empathising, not just planning my well-versed response’

April 14,2016

Learning to use mindfulness techniques is not easy, says Mia Holmes, but they can really help with the emotional challenges and stresses of social work

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Social work cartoon: ‘Pets at work’

April 8,2016

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Words to inspire: Social work and poetry

April 8,2016

Poems can offer social workers hope and refreshed empathy, says Rhian Taylor

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Seven priorities for improving the lives of people with autism

April 5,2016

Tackling mate crime and addressing poor mental healthcare are among Susan Dunne's priorities for World Autism Awareness Week

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‘A social worker saved my life’

April 5,2016

A service user and ‘expert by experience’ gives an emotional and courageous explanation of why she’s fighting for social workers to get the recognition they deserve

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After care support is not good enough but residential care to 21 isn’t the answer

March 31,2016

Children's home worker Jack Brookes argues that the boundaries required to make residential care after 18 work would set care leavers up to fail

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