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.
Children face greater risk if social work services are cut
Social workers are almost unanimous in the view that any cuts to social work services would leave already massively understaffed child protection teams less able to keep vulnerable young people safe...
Report highlights failings for children in prison
A fall in the number of young people in prison has not resulted in improved conditions for the majority of incarcerated young people, The Howard League for Penal Reform has warned.
BASW launches new discussion forum
A brand new debating ground has been opened on BASW’s website in the form of a new discussion forum, designed to allow social workers to discuss the issues pertinent to you.
BASW takes resounding poll mandate into College Development Group talks
After a resounding victory in its national referendum, BASW is set to rejoin the government-backed development group taking forward plans for a College of Social Work.
BASW presses for suspended workers to be allowed to re-register
BASW’s Advice and Representation Service has urged social workers to be allowed to re-register while they are suspended from duties as news emerged that the two social workers at the centre of the...
Abusive social worker removed from practice
A former social worker at Birmingham City Council, Angela Turner, has been removed from the Social Care Register for allegations including inappropriate and abusive language towards a service user.
The statistics that say social work makes a difference
Social work interventions have cut child deaths and improved the life chances for vulnerable young people, the BASW England conference heard last week.
Hilton Dawson’s call for Social Work Act of Parliament
It’s time for social work to get off its collective knees and launch a revolution in the great May tradition, says BASW chief executive Hilton Dawson in his PSW column next month.
Liberal Democrats promise integration of health and social care
The Liberal Democrat Party pledged to integrate health and social care services in its manifesto published this week.
Social work is absent from Conservative Party manifesto
No mention of social work was included in the Conservative party manifesto published earlier this week. Despite 52 references to the word ‘social’ and a focus on the concept of the ‘Big Society’, the...
Social worker removed from practice for fabricating visits to at-risk children
Former Plymouth City Council social worker Charon Rae Salisbury has been removed from the Social Care Register following a General Social Care Council (GSCC) conduct hearing this week.
Plaid Cymru rejects ‘punitive’ welfare reforms
Plaid Cymru has outlined its commitment to free care provision for older and disabled people in its manifesto published this week.
BASW condemns comments about “arrogant and enthusiastic removers of children”
BASW has expressed astonishment at comments from the new president of the high court’s family division, Lord Justice Wall, after he described the perception of many social workers as “arrogant and...
Labour plans could see more social workers in schools
The Labour Party has pledged that social work training will be overhauled and more social workers would be based in schools should they be re-elected into government following the General Election...
BASW calls for a Social Work election
As Gordon Brown has named Thursday 6 May as election day, the British Association of Social Workers has called for cross-party commitment to guarantee that social work services will be prioritised...
Northern Ireland puts safeguarding vulnerable adults to the fore
A reform of Northern Ireland’s current adult protection infrastructure has been unveiled by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS).