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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…
Council social services bosses have apologised to a mother-of-three who says she went through "five months of absolute hell" after limits were unfairly placed on when she could see her children. Lawyers representing the woman say Cumbria County Council staff wrongly restricted the amount of contact she could have with…
A family court judge has raised concerns over the way two children who complained of being sexually abused were questioned by a social worker. Judge Kambiz Moradifar said the social worker had questioned the youngsters, who are aged seven and six, despite having almost no experience in sex abuse cases…
A project where carers open their homes to vulnerable people, a scheme to cut the risk of sexual exploitation of young people and a community garden initiative bringing together residents with dementia and marginalised groups are among the finalists in the running for the 2018 Welsh Accolades awards. The biennial…
Inspirational Cheryl Thompson credits her time as a student at the University of Chester with changing her life – and now she plans to use her new-found confidence and skills to change the world! Growing-up in the care of a local authority, 25-year-old Cheryl struggled throughout her school life, leaving…
The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) has launched the Learning Zone to provide its registrants with a range of free online learning tools and information guides to support their career progression. The Learning Zone resource has been developed to support the on-going learning and development of Social Workers, Social…
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