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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…
The Cardiff and The Vale Regional Safeguarding Board (CVRSCB) has published an extended Child Practice review into the circumstances around the tragic death of Elsie Scully-Hicks. The Review was commissioned by CVRSCB on the recommendation of the Child and Adult Practice Review Subgroup in accordance with the Social Services and…
There were missed opportunities to protect a baby girl who was murdered by her father two weeks after he formally adopted her, a review has found. Matthew Scully-Hicks, 32, passed the rigorous adoption process with flying colours and professionals viewed his care of 18-month-old Elsie Scully-Hicks through a "positive lens".…
A toddler who suffered wrist fractures probably had her arm pulled or twisted, a specialist has told a family court judge. The little girl also suffered a rib fracture consistent with a "shaking episode", Judge Kate Purkiss heard. The judge concluded that the youngster's injuries were "inflicted" and "non-accidental". But…
A major new report highlighting how social care has become a postcode lottery for children across the UK has been published following research conducted by the University of Sheffield. The Sheffield study, led by Professor Kate Morris from the University’s Department of Sociological Studies, explores the relationship between poverty, care…
A woman who left Wales and travelled to the Republic of Ireland when pregnant after her first son was taken into council care is facing fresh family court litigation in Britain. Social services staff in the Republic of Ireland say decisions about the future of the woman's second son, who…
Service user and carer (SUAC) involvement in social work education has been mandatory for 15 years now. There is a lot of learning to share with educators and practitioners working across health, social care and public services generally. The learning is also relevant to policy makers committed to mainstreaming person-centred …
A new partnership has been launched to develop social work education in Bradford. The Bradford Teaching Partnership will see a collaboration between Bradford College, Bradford Council and the University of Bradford to provide high-quality training for social work students and qualified practitioners. The Department for Education introduced Teaching Partnerships to…
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