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The Scottish Social Services Council has published their annual report and accounts for 1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017. Publication of the revised Codes of Practice and moving to a fitness to practise model of regulation were two major achievements in 2016-17. The Codes hadn’t been updated since they…
The government has announced the phased roll-out of the National Assessment and Accreditation System (NAAS) from 2018 for child and family social workers. The announcement is in response to a consultation on the implementation of the NAAS and aims to address feedback from the sector to ensure the new system…
The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) has launched a detailed guide for social work and social care staff on how to raise concerns in their workplace. As part of their roles and responsibilities, NISCC is required to produce and publish Standards of Conduct and Practice expected of social workers…
A social worker from Denbighshire has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers in Wales after a fitness to practise hearing found her fitness to practise was impaired. Patricia Reid was accused of failing to maintain professional boundaries with some of the vulnerable people she worked with and…
A social worker who was criticised by a family court judge investigating child sex abuse allegations is set to take her case to the European Court of Human Rights after winning a fight to remain anonymous. Judge Gavyn Arthur had been asked to make decisions about the truth of sex…
The challenges faced by children dealing with death or a bereavement in their family were discussed at a national conference hosted at the University of Chichester. Nearly 100 practitioners working with or supporting children facing life-shortening illnesses, their own death, or who have lost a relative attended the recent event.…
Research commissioned by the Social Work Services Strategic Forum on 'What the public think about Scottish social services and why', has been published. The research was authored by Dr Trish McCulloch (University of Dundee), Professor Stephen Webb (Glasgow Caledonian University) and David Clark. Overall, the research findings suggest a good…
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has raised said it is extremely concerned about recent media articles that name social workers in their reporting of high-profile cases, which include tragic instances of child death. BASW say least two national newspapers list the names of social workers involved in one…
The development of this initiative began with an email received by the Learning and Development team within North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP): Dear L&D team, please could you purchase the attached article for me, as this seems relevant to the family I am currently working with. What…
A woman unhappy about the way she has been treated by social services bosses with welfare responsibilities for her baby granddaughter has persuaded a family court judge to reveal the identity of the council involved. Judge Stephen Wildblood said it is right that Gloucestershire County Council should be identified. The…
Middlesex University has this week launched the North London Social Work Teaching Partnership, a national project funded by the Department for Education in order to build excellence in social work teaching and practice. It aims to improve the training, recruitment, progression and retention of social workers across north London while…
A social worker has been suspended for one year after a fitness to practise hearing found his fitness to practise was impaired because of his repeated failings. The hearing heard that Michael Sira-Parfitt failed to complete a number of vital assessments, didn’t make essential referrals and failed to make regular…
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