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Seven steps towards a more anti-oppressive social work approach to care proceedings 

19 Feb 18

by Simon Haworth Following on from my previous article on social work and social harm, I wish to reflect upon potential ways forward for practice within the court arena to become more strengths-based, anti-oppressive and family focussed.


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Average social worker caseloads: the highest and the lowest 

15 Feb 18

With the latest government statistics reporting an average caseload per child and family social worker of 17.8 nationally, Community Care wanted to see which local authorities were reporting higher or lower than ‘average’ caseloads down across …


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‘When care proceedings concluded and children were removed, I felt only sadness’ 

14 Feb 18

by Simon Howarth I left the frontline four months ago, and the recent adoption enquiry has prompted me to reflect on the moral and ethical struggles I consistently felt as a court-based social worker.


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Why policy on contact with children and birth families needs a rethink 

13 Feb 18

by Brigid Featherstone, Robin Sen and Anna Gupta.


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Feeling ‘social worked’: how can we better incorporate service user voices into children’s services? 

1 Feb 18

by Tony Stanley Andy Couldrick Social work is in the business of helping.


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How to comply with court rulings on section 20 

31 Jan 18

This article was first published in 2016 and last updated in January 2018.


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Senior leadership: humility, transparency and knowing when to step back 

31 Jan 18

A transparent culture, openness to peer review and increasing accountability were all ingredients to the senior leadership team at Rotherham children’s services turning around its services for children.


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Then and now: how a council turned around its children’s services in three years 

31 Jan 18

In its latest inspection of Rotherham council’s children’s services, Ofsted consistently commended the local authority for significant improvements and ‘transformed’ services.


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Using social media in social work assessments: what the evidence tells us 

31 Jan 18

By Jenny Simpson The recent serious case review involving Wolverhampton children’s services and the death of a child by the mother’s violent partner has once again highlighted the perennial problem of a range of practitioners failing to work …


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Services for children in Rotherham ‘transformed’ following ‘valuing frontline managers and staff’ 

29 Jan 18

by Luke Stevenson and Sarah Dennis Ofsted inspectors have praised the transformation of children’s services in Rotherham, which it says are now ‘good’ with an element of ‘outstanding’.


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Child protection plans are ending too early, Ofsted warns Birmingham 

22 Jan 18

Birmingham children’s services is improving but “significant concerns” remain about children being left at risk due to child protection plans ending too early, Ofsted reports.


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Social work ethics ‘not routinely used’ to inform adoption practice, enquiry suggests 

19 Jan 18

An enquiry into the social worker role in adoption has said the profession is not routinely using ethics to inform practice.


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Social workers could use social media checks to ‘enhance’ assessments, serious case review says 

11 Jan 18

Social workers could “enhance” their assessments of families by using social media, a serious case review has said.


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Top tips for practice educators on assessment, supervision and anti-oppressive practice 

18 Dec 17

“The pressures of managing caseloads as well as supervising students was a burden most practice educators didn’t really want,” newly-qualified social worker Anjum Shah  writes in Community Care this week.


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How social workers are supporting people with HIV and cognitive impairment to regain independence 

1 Dec 17

HIV/AIDS hit the headlines as a “new” disease back in the 1980s.


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How can senior managers lead social work practice more effectively? 

30 Nov 17

An article by Brendan Clifford in September 2017 prompted renewed debate about a topic which has occupied many in the profession – and in government – in recent years; how to improve the effectiveness of practice leadership across children’s …


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Social Worker of the Year Awards 2017: The winners 

24 Nov 17

A hospital social worker described by her colleagues as “approaching every case with passion and commitment” has been named Social Worker of the Year for 2017.


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Large-scale contracting out of children’s services ‘on the doorstep’, report says 

23 Nov 17

Pressures on local authorities to produce good outcomes for children with shrinking budgets could open the door to large-scale contracting out of services, a report by healthcare consultancy Laing Buisson has said.


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‘Social work must challenge political and public anxieties about child protection’ 

15 Nov 17

By Jo Warner Ten years after the death of Peter Connelly, or ‘Baby P’, it is right that we should reflect on what has happened since.


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Gender should be a side issue in debates over social work’s diversity 

14 Nov 17

by Mollie Heywood Stereotypically labelled as ‘women’s work’, social work is a profession that can impact every single aspect of society in some way or another.


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Ofsted praises council for improving social work practice despite staff turnover concerns 

10 Nov 17

Improving social work practice has been praised in an ‘inadequate’-rated children’s service.


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Personalisation is dying – and there’s little effort to rescue it  

10 Nov 17

By Simon Stevens As a long-term service user, I have witnessed the rise of personalisation and now I believe I am witnessing its fall.


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Proposed change to Working Together guidance could leave social workers ‘exposed’ 

8 Nov 17

A minor change to the wording of the Working Together to Safeguard Children guidance could leave social workers “exposed”, it has been claimed.


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Council must meet mental health aftercare costs for man already awarded £3.5 million in damages 

8 Nov 17

A judge has dismissed a local authority’s appeal against providing mental health aftercare services to a man already awarded £3.5 million in damages for the accident that caused his personality disorder.


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How can we better integrate theory and practice in social work training? 

7 Nov 17

by Alison Domakin and Liz Curry Finding ways to effectively integrate theory and practice in social work education is a continual challenge and one that the profession has grappled with for many years.