Social workers

  • Help – when and where it’s needed

    29 September 2021

    Norfolk CC has successfully shifted the emphasis in children's services from crisis to prevention, including remodelling its corporate parenting service for children in care and beyond. It's just the start, as Sara Tough explains.


  • Experts join social care commission

    28 September 2021

    A panel of experts have been drafted in to help a government commission looking at the impact of Brexit on social care.


  • Making the leap

    14 September 2021

    Patrick Melia explains Sunderland City Council’s drive and determination in taking its children’s services from inadequate to outstanding.


  • Social care chief reports 'unprecedented' pressures across the country

    23 August 2021

    Isle of Wight Council’s social care chief has said a local incident where vulnerable people could have been left without care highlights the ‘unprecedented’ pressures happening across the country.


  • Capturing the Beveridge spirit

    21 July 2021

    Children’s Commissioner, Dame Rachel de Souza, has big plans to tackle the deep-rooted problems holding back our children – and she wants to work with local authorities to make them happen.


  • Supporting UASC: Relationships really matter

    19 July 2021

    In Norfolk, building a large dedicated team has been crucial in supporting and managing a substantial cohort of unaccompanied asylum seeing children, says Kate Dexter.


  • Care review must be part of a long-term plan for children - ADCS

    08 July 2021

    The independent review of children's social care ‘must go further and be part of a coherent and strategic long-term plan for children,’ according to the president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS).


  • Unlocking care in prisons

    07 July 2021

    The needs of elderly men in the prison population need to be addressed urgently, says government and public sector expert at PA Consulting Amanda Kelly. 'We should question who we are imprisoning and whether there is an alternative', she adds.


  • Ofsted - Newham's quality of social work practice is improving

    01 July 2021

    The quality of social work practice in Newham is improving, but the pace of change has been affected by the pandemic, according to Ofsted inspectors.


  • A tailored, personal approach gives you an edge

    02 June 2021

    Sonia Tanda at Penna looks at how councils can stand out from the crowd when it comes to recruiting social workers.


  • A creative vision for Newham

    20 April 2021

    There is now greater optimism that Newham LBC is reaching a tipping point in its improvement journey, says Tim Aldridge. The ambition is for the council to become a nationally recognised example of best practice by 2023.


  • The future of social care

    29 March 2021

    After 25 years of inaction, the Government has the chance to create a lasting legacy of a reformed, sustainably-funded social care system, says Kathryn Smith.


  • Sleep-in shifts legal battle ends

    19 March 2021

    A long-running legal challenge by care workers over pay worth £400m has been rejected by the Supreme Court.


  • Lessons from a year of challenges

    02 March 2021

    As the first anniversary of ‘lockdown 1.0’ approaches, Beate Wagner reflects on how Wakefield Council rose to the challenge of supporting children and families, and looking after staff wellbeing.


  • Keeping Calderdale’s children closer to home

    02 March 2021

    Calderdale is committed to developing more local and personalised provision for children and young people in care, says Julie Jenkins. She explains how their needs are being prioritised.


  • Care workers given vaccine priority

    02 December 2020

    Social care workers will be among the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccination as early as next week, it has been announced.


  • Seven reasons for hope

    25 November 2020

    Seven projects were successful in What Works for Children’s Social Care’s ‘highly competitive’ first open funding round to support innovative practice. Dr Michael Sanders explains why they stood out.


  • Care staff concerns as demand set to peak

    18 November 2020

    Concerns have been voiced about staffing levels in children’s services as the COVID-19 second wave takes its toll.


  • Pay boost for care workers following tribunal

    15 September 2020

    A group of homecare workers have been awarded £100,000 in backdated pay in a tribunal ruling that could have further implications for the sector.


  • Let’s talk about difference and inequality

    14 July 2020

    Sarah Newman looks at the impact of the crisis on disadvantaged families including those from BAME communities – and shows how the systemic practice model can make constructive conversations possible.