Surge in child protection referrals set to continue
Local authorities could see an increase of more than a third in the number of children going into the care system in 2011-2012 based on predictions from recent increases in child protection referrals...
BASW welcomes plan to free social workers from bureaucracy
A new review of child protection work promises to cut down on the paperwork confronting social workers in their jobs.
Government confirms independent fees will be capped
The coalition government has controversially decided to press ahead with plans to cap the court fees for independent social workers (ISWs), BASW Online has learned.
Social workers from across the world unite at Joint World Conference
More than 2,500 social workers from across the globe are coming together this week at the Joint World Conference in Hong Kong.
Derby social workers set to take industrial action
Social workers in Derby will begin industrial action this week after learning that their car allowances will be cut.
Loughton takes responsibility for social work reform
Ministerial responsibility for social work reform has been given to Tim Loughton, the parliamentary under secretary for children and families in the new Department for Education.
Plymouth praised while Doncaster faces government intervention
Ofsted has praised Plymouth Council’s children’s services department for the way it handled a high-profile child protection investigation.
Councils should not make placement choices based on cost
Money should not be a barrier to making sure vulnerable looked-after children get the best possible care, according to a 10-month inquiry by the National Assembly for Wales into the placement of...
Child protection guidance launched in Scotland
Scottish children’s minister Adam Ingram has launched draft child protection guidance which covers areas including online safety and child trafficking.