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A mother is facing a life sentence for murder after battering to death her "helpless and vulnerable" baby daughter two hours after social services care workers left her home alone with the child. Jennifer Crichton, 35, left her seven-month-old daughter Amelia with "catastrophic" head injuries, including bleeding on the brain,…
A family court judge's criticisms of a social worker who won a fight to remain anonymous have emerged in a ruling published on a legal website. Judge Gavyn Arthur had been asked to make decisions about the truth of sex abuse allegations made by a teenage girl. He dismissed the…
Social Work England will be the new professional regulator for social workers in England. It will undertake core regulatory functions including: Setting standards Holding the professional register Approving initial education and training courses for social workers Running a ‘fitness to practise’ system The Children and Social Work Act 2017 sets…
Adoption has been a particularly politicised and contentious area of public policy in recent years in the UK, perhaps most particularly in England. Political and ideological perspectives on adoption drive legal frameworks, policy, the culture of practice and the use of resources. It was against this backdrop that BASW commissioned…
A child dies. A nation mourns. The professionals gather to ask how and why. The media and the public want answers, then justice. It’s sadly an all too familiar process. With Channel 4’s new TV drama Kiri, the British public peek into the world of the social worker at the…
Council social services bosses must think long and hard before trying to take severely-disabled children from the care of their parents, the most senior family court judge in England and Wales has warned. Sir James Munby (pictured) says parents may "justifiably resent" the launch of family court litigation in such…
Hundreds of thousands of youngsters were referred to children's services last year - the equivalent of one every 49 seconds, town hall chiefs have warned. Social workers are working hard to investigate concerns and keep children safe, but more money must be pumped into councils to help cope with demand,…
This is a sponsored article and is brought to you by West Sussex County Council. At West Sussex County Council we are doing something inspirational, something we are really proud of - creating a brighter future for the children and families we work with. At the heart of our strategic…
Television viewers were blown away by Sarah Lancashire's performance in missing child drama Kiri, although there was disappointment over "inaccuracies" in the portrayal of social work. The four-part series follows social worker Miriam Grayson, who is caught up in a police investigation when a nine-year-old girl disappears while on a…
Child sexual abuse is on the rise in the UK with the NSPCC announcing a 31% increase in police referrals in 2017 compared to the previous year. Worryingly, this is just the tip of the iceberg as child sexual abuse is widely under-reported. My research has revealed that a major…
A couple agreed to move out of their home so a grandparent could move in and care for their four children after social workers raised concerns. They agreed to visit the youngsters, aged between 11 and two, only during the daytime when the grandparent was there. Detail of the move…
The Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers (NIASW) has welcomed the publication of a report on the future of adult social care. The report was produced by a panel of social care experts established by former Minister of Health Michelle O’Neill MLA in December 2016. Speaking at the launch of…

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