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Frontline social work training costs ‘excellent value for money’, minister told 

17 May 18

A group of directors of children’s services has told the children’s minister that the “quality of practice skill exhibited by Frontline participants” represents “excellent value for money” after the model was challenged by groups earlier …

‘You’re doing social work like you would anywhere else; but you’re doing it in a way that allows innovation’ 

16 May 18

Since its launch in 2014, Achieving for Children (AfC) has increased the number of local authorities in its umbrella by one third.

Government orders ‘inadequate’ council to cooperate with ‘peer support’ programme from other London borough 

11 May 18

The Department for Education (DfE) has ordered an inadequate-rated council to comply with a two-year ‘peer support’ programme from a fellow London borough as it seeks to get its children’s services back on track.

Why you should start your social work career in Oxfordshire 

30 Apr 18

Get your social work career off to the very best start by applying to join Oxfordshire’s assessed and supported year in employment programme (ASYE) .

Why are more social work assessments leading to no further action? 

26 Apr 18

by Katherine Purvis Children’s social workers are assessing more referrals that lead to no further action due to cuts to early prevention services and a lack of understanding around thresholds, experts say.

From a pub to social work: how a chance encounter led a principal social worker into the profession 

5 Apr 18

By Lauren Brown On the face of it, Adam Birchall’s route into social work wasn’t too uncommon.

Children’s outcomes “not maximised” despite improvement to ’inadequate’ service, Ofsted finds 

4 Apr 18

By Lauren Brown Ofsted inspectors have found progress in an ‘inadequate’ children’s services but expressed ongoing concerns about children’s outcomes.

Parents should be supported to rehabilitate with their children – not without them 

3 Apr 18

by Jadwiga Leigh and Lisa Warwick Adults who find they are struggling to parent often come from disadvantaged backgrounds and find themselves in situations where they face a number of different social, emotional, environmental and health related …

Artificial intelligence in children’s services: the ethical and practical issues 

29 Mar 18

by Emily Keddell and Tony Stanley Predictive algorithms promoted and used by Hackney council to identify those most in need of scarce preventive services is an important issue for us to think more deeply about .

Oftsed criticises council where some social workers hadn’t had supervision for ‘months’ 

26 Mar 18

Social workers have high caseloads, are working on evenings and weekends and in some case haven’t had supervision for “months”, an Ofsted inspection of Wakefield children’s services has found.

NHS commissioners face court action over cost-capping continuing healthcare policies 

23 Mar 18

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has threatened legal action against 13 clinical commissioning groups on the grounds that their continuing healthcare policies breach equality and human rights law and risk forcing people into care homes.

Hunt hints at ‘Ofsted-style ratings’ for adult social care services 

21 Mar 18

Local authorities may be rated on the quality of their adult social care services to address variations in performance, Jeremy Hunt has suggested.

From India to Birmingham: A social worker keeping rights at the heart of her practice across continents 

20 Mar 18

Vidhya Biju, winner of the 2017 overall social worker of the year , is passionate about the service users she helps, and adamant that direct interaction with service users is the priority.

Ofsted praises social workers with legislative ‘expertise’ 

12 Mar 18

Social workers have been praised for work with care leavers and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) in an improving local authority.

Troubled council says grant released to help pay for adult social care will have ‘little impact’ 

2 Mar 18

By Katherine Purvis Northamptonshire Adult Social Services (NASS) has said the release of £1.7 million from earmarked reserves to help pay for adult social care will have “little impact given the size of our challenge” .

Number of councils using Family Drug and Alcohol Courts to expand 

28 Feb 18

A different approach to care proceedings linked with more family reunifications and positive outcomes will be expanded across London The Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC), first launched in 2008 and now with courts across the country, will be …

Protecting yourself against compassion fatigue: key tips 

26 Feb 18

This article comprises of tips taken from a guide on Community Care Inform Children about burnout, secondary trauma and compassion fatigue, written by social worker Lori Goosen.

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.

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 …

‘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.

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

13 Feb 18

by Brigid Featherstone, Robin Sen and Anna Gupta.

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.

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.

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.

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.