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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…
The Social Workers Union (SWU) are offering four grants of £500 to social work students who can write the most compelling argument for how the profession can solve austerity. Timed in conjunction with World Social Work Day (WSWD) on 20th March, SWU’s WSWD Assignment is open to any social work…
Social workers have changed their minds about allowing a drug addict who regularly tested positive for crack cocaine when pregnant to care for her toddler daughter, a family court judge says. The girl had temporarily been taken from her mother shortly after birth because of concerns about her mother's drug…
A nurse has been left with lawyers' bills of nearly £20,000 despite winning the latest round of a court fight with council bosses over the care or her child. Three Court of Appeal judges have ruled that a family court judge was wrong to conclude that the woman's five-year-old daughter…
On World Social Work Day 2018, what better way for West Sussex County Council to celebrate our work than to invite you to participate in our inaugural conference and explore the theme of direct work with children? The Munro Review highlighted that the only way to create a “child-centred” system…
Research headed by a University of Huddersfield professor has caused an influential social work organisation to call for a major review of UK adoption law, so that children who have been adopted could retain much closer contact with their birth families. In England, Scotland and Wales, direct contact – more…
Scotland has changed, politically and culturally, in recent years, with persistent demands for independence culminating in a referendum in 2014. On this fluid political landscape, social welfare can be co-opted towards a wider ‘nation-building’ project. As a result, social work in Scotland is increasingly divergent from the rest of the…
A woman who wanted a new partner to adopt her 11-year-old son and dishonestly told a social worker that she did not know who the boy's father was has been given a warning by a judge. Magistrates in Grimsby (pictured), Lincolnshire, approved the adoption as a result of the woman's…
The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (Iriss) will host A Portrait of Care, a four-day interactive public exhibition that will showcase stories and reflections of the frontline social services workforce. Coinciding with World Social Work Day, the exhibition aims to celebrate the great work of the sector,…
An independent social worker - who assessed four children whose mother was jailed after taking them to the Syrian border - has come under fire from a High Court judge asked to make decisions about the youngsters' futures. Mr Justice Newton says evidence Carol Edwards gave during proceedings in the…
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