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Children, Social work leaders

Directors urge ‘dismantling’ of children’s social care market in face of ‘immoral’ fees

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Children, Social work leaders

Government signals shift towards national adoption services under latest strategy

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Adults, Children

Children’s social workers to receive standards on autism practice

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Children, Coronavirus, Social work leaders, Workforce

Growing majority of children’s social workers feeling stressed and overworked, finds DfE study

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Adults, Children

Government drops proposed overhaul of Mental Health Act-MCA interface due to ‘very limited support’

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Children

Sharp rise in child deaths and serious harm following onset of Covid-19

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Children, Social work leaders

Ofsted urges DfE to distribute children’s homes funding ‘at pace’ to tackle secure place shortage

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family court

Children, Social work leaders

‘Unsustainable pressures’ lead Cafcass to leave ‘less urgent’ cases unallocated across region

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Official Parliamentary portrait of Vicky Ford, the children's minister (credit: Chris McAndrew / Wikimedia Commons)

Children, Social work leaders

Councils will have to take share of unaccompanied children if they fail to volunteer, warns minister

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Adults, Children

Boost social worker numbers to address ‘disappearance’ of drugs teams, ministers urged

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Budget cut

Adults, Children, Social work leaders

Council faces substantial cuts after declaring unsustainable budget

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Children, Social work leaders

Councils failing to plan for foster care demand, says report

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Children, Social work leaders

Children’s services focus ever more on poorer households the more they intervene in family life, research finds

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Adults, Children, Social work leaders

Most social workers ‘lack confidence’ in working with children at risk of radicalisation, finds DfE report

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time

Children, Social work leaders

Average length of care proceedings at nine-year high

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Social worker carrying out video assessment

Children, Social work leaders

Social work over a screen risks losing much of value in fostering

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