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Norman Lamb

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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"Community social work is still alive and kicking"
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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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‘You work with a constant sense of anxiety because you can’t do your job properly’

March 20,2015

A mental health social worker reveals the impact an under resourced mental health system has on frontline staff

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‘The staff that support my mental health try their best but they are starved of resources’

March 20,2015

A person who uses community mental health services shares her experiences of how funding cuts impact care

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‘The learning disability green paper shows promise but is only part of the picture’

March 17,2015

Without attention to the whole life agenda for people and families the government's drive to cut institutional admission fail

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Would a league table of  workloads help social workers decide who is worth working for? Photo: Adrian Scottow/Flickr

‘I can see no excuse for a social work employer that oppresses its own workforce’

March 16,2015

An experienced social worker suggests a national league table of caseloads to overcome the "cavalier" way cases are allocated in many organisations

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Social work cartoon: ‘Lynch him’

March 13,2015

The latest from Fran...

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'The popularity of the Selma screening is a small triumph for positive values' Photo: Elvert Barnes (Flickr)

Social work, race and ethnicity: ‘There is a lot of pain in the students’ stories’

March 11,2015

A social work academic reflects on a week that features uncomfortable realities and a small triumph for positive values

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‘The social worker as a social scientist’: the dilemma of juggling research and practice

March 2,2015

Rhian Taylor undertook a social work research project alongside her practice. Here's what she learnt from the experience...

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Social work cartoon: ‘The stress buster’

February 27,2015

The latest cartoon from Fran...

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How supportive teams can serve as a ‘protective shield’ against burnout

February 23,2015

Beating burnout is a balancing act between natural stress, and the necessary support to keep it under control, writes Mark Wilberforce

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Social work cartoon: ‘The training’

February 20,2015

The latest cartoon from Fran

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How a Vikings-inspired project is boosting outcomes for people with mental ill health

February 17,2015

Converge, an arts programme for people who use mental health services in York, has teamed up with the Jorvik Viking Centre for its latest project

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Social work diary: ‘I don’t often feel pride in my career but today is different’

February 16,2015

A social work academic reflects on a visit to her old service and the passion of the profession's next generation...

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