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Northern Ireland’s Chief Social Worker Sean Holland has called on all social workers to become poverty aware and to become anti-poverty practitioners. Speaking on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, at an anti-poverty practice seminar at Queens University for social work students and staff, Sean Holland emphasised that social…
A man handed a three-and-a-half-year jail term after attacking his partner should be given no information about their two daughters unless one of them dies, a High Court judge has decided.Mr Justice Keehan was told that the man had been assessed as "high risk" by social workers after mounting a…
A family court judge has told of her frustration and outrage after hearing that a place in a specialist secure unit cannot be found for a 16-year-old boy who is at risk because of his links with gangs in south London. Judge Mary Lazarus says an opportunity to help the…
A family court judge has complained about a council's "mismanagement" of a case centred on the care of a six-year-old girl. Recorder Carly Henley has published a written ruling in which she criticises a social worker and the social worker's team manager. She said the case was "deeply troubling" and…
NHS whistleblowers have uncovered a human trafficking ring as well as exposed a hospital which left just one doctor in charge of hundreds of patients overnight, according to a new report. An increasing number of NHS staff have been raising concerns with Freedom to Speak Up Guardians - roles created…
Council bosses have come under fire from a family court judge who said a social worker investigating a baby-abuse allegation had gathered evidence in a "wholly inappropriate" way. Judge Thomas Greensmith said social services staff had investigated after a two-month-old girl suffered a broken collarbone and doctors suggested that she…
Social Care Wales have issued a call for your views on changes to the practice guidance for social workers, social care managers and residential child care managers. The practice guidance describes the standards expected in every day practice and builds on the Code of Professional Practice for Social Care and…
An initiative to reduce the risk of childhood sexual exploitation, a culture-change programme to improve the lives of older people in care homes and a project which had led to a significant reduction in the number of children being taken into care are among the winners of the 2018 Accolades.…
CELCIS (the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland) has published a new briefing going behind the common headlines that indicate only a small proportion of care experienced young people in Scotland go to university, compared to their peers. The publication of this briefing coincides with students either…
An academic from Queen's University Belfast has been awarded the first UK Fulbright Scholarship award in the discipline of Social Work for over 50 years. Dr Joe Duffy, a Senior Lecturer in Social Work from the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, will work with New York University's…
A woman has had seven children taken from her care after social workers raised concern about "chronic neglect" with family court judges. The woman's first child was removed from her home more than a decade ago and a judge has now approved the permanent removal of the remaining six. Recorder…
A former Swansea social worker has been given an admonishment for three years after a hearing found his fitness to practise was impaired because of his misconduct. Fraser Scott was accused of failing to fully investigate bruising on a young person in care following an incident in October 2015. At…
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