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The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) has announced the appointment of Paul Martin and its new Chair. Speaking about the appointment, Chief Executive, Colum Conway, said: “I am delighted to welcome Paul Martin as the new Chair of NISCC, at what is both an exciting and challenging time for…
A father convicted of murdering his daughter 11 months after she was put back in his care has denied causing her "any injury" at an inquest into her death. Ben Butler beat six-year-old Ellie to death at their family home in Sutton, south London, in October 2013. He is serving…
A new video ‘You can make a difference’ has been released today, World Social Work Day, to encourage more people to think about becoming a social worker. The short video looks at five common scenarios where social workers working in social care in England made a real difference in the…
The knowledge and skills statements are the foundation for the introduction of a post-qualification specialist career pathway for child and family social workers. They’re important for: child and family social work education recruitment career development performance appraisal These statements will form the basis of the national assessment and accreditation system…
This document sets out the Government response to the consultation for formally determining the Knowledge and Skills Statements for frontline practitioners and practice supervisors as the post-qualifying improvement standards. The consultations were conducted at a roundtable discussion and there were no online responses. The Department for Education have also updated…
An independent social worker has told an inquest that she did not see the "volatility" of a father who went on to beat his six-year-old daughter to death as a risk. Ellie Butler was battered to death by Ben Butler at their family home in Sutton, south London, in October…
Five children whose parents have a history of drug abuse and can no longer look after them should go into care and be split up, a family court judge has ruled. Judge Clifford Bellamy last year refused to approve social workers' plans to separate the youngsters - who are aged…
A nine-year-old boy said to have suffered repeated flea bites because his home was infested must be taken from his parents' care, a family court judge has ruled. Council social workers had raised a series of the concerns about the boy and his teenage sister. They said his parents had…
Becky Watts reported feeling "scared" of being abducted to social workers more than three years before she was murdered in a sexually motivated kidnap plot, a report has revealed. The 16-year-old was attacked in her bedroom by her stepbrother Nathan Matthews, 31, after he hatched a plot to abduct her…
One in four people in England have worried about the welfare, neglect or abuse of a child, research shows. But more than two fifths of those with concerns did not report their suspicions to professionals such as social workers, police officers, health workers or teachers, the survey suggests. The findings…
Two boys have been taken from the care of their Muslim father after a High Court judge said there was evidence to show they had been groomed to see themselves as "religious warriors". Mrs Justice Parker has made decisions about where the boys should live after council social workers raised…
Trish McCulloch and Susan Taylor, joint chairs of the Review of Social Work Education carried out for the Scottish Social services Council (SSSC), have published a paper in the British Journal of Social Work (2018) (Issue 0, pages 1–19) on the Review in the context of public sector reform and…
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