Social Media

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) has published updated social media guidance for social service workers. The guidance provides advice for workers on using social media in a way that meets the SSSC Code of Practice, which sets out the expected behaviours and values of the workforce. It focuses on…
Increasing numbers of gay men and lesbians in Britain are adopting children or becoming foster carers. Latest figures show that there are now more than 20,000 children living in same-sex couple families. Enabled by legislation passed in 2002, this trend is contributing to the emergence of new conceptions of family…
People who commit attacks on emergency workers will face tougher sentences under a new law. The legislation was proposed in a private members bill by Labour MP Chris Bryant, who said assaults on police and paramedics were "a national disgrace". The new Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill has received…
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has mapped out a specific set of knowledge and skills for social work with older people, and a pathway for social workers to develop these skills to ensure older people are receiving the best service possible. Launched at the National Children and Adult…
The number of compulsory mental health treatments in Scotland has hit its highest level in at least 15 years, according to a watchdog report. In 2016/2017, the Mental Welfare Commission was notified of 5,422 new episodes of the care orders being used - a rise of 8.2% on the previous…
Three teenage brothers who developed a "narcissistic cult" mentality and came to believe there was no point leaving home, socialising or going to school, should leave their mother's care, a High Court judge has concluded. They formed a "group identity" and "saw themselves as intellectually superior and separate to the…
Training programmes for social workers are helping improve skills, understanding and confidence, but a high number of practitioners don’t finish them. These are the main findings of an independent evaluation of the third year of the Continuing Professional Education and Learning (CPEL) framework carried out by Cordis Bright on behalf…
Social workers across Northern Ireland are being invited to take part in two projects to help deal with the legacy of the “Troubles”. Sponsored by the Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers and the Northern Ireland Social Care Council, the projects are being be led by Dr. Joe Duffy, Queens…
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