Local authorities are having variable amounts of success in using early help services to reduce demand on child protection social workers, according to the latest research.
Sarah Matthews, staff tutor in social work at the Open University, outlines the key issues students should know about in the coming academic year.
What every social work student needs to know in 2012-13
Mental health social workers can help to challenge the prevalent discourse of risk in mental health services, argues social work lecturer Martin Webber
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How the latest Mental Health Act research should inform social work practice
Local authorities could exercise a ‘little-known’ power to seek an injunction against a website that publishes social workers’ identities alongside Nazi symbolism
Life on the child protection frontline is a world apart from the anti-social work rants in newspapers
Ministers have today announced funding for the assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE), which will come into force for most social work graduates in England from September.
Supply of high-quality placements struggling to keep up with mounting demand, particuarly in statutory sector, warns the General Social Care Council.
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GSCC issues warning over access to social work placements
Open University Press has published a new series of social work pocket-size textbooks.
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Open University Press launches guides to help social workers
Despite claims for the liberating potential of independent practices for social workers and services users, innovation, flexibility and social work values continue to thrive in local authorities, says council practitioner Carl O’Riordan.
The future of adult social work is in question due to cuts, the legacy of care management and the focus on child protection.
What future for adult social work?