Social Work

Shock Report Shows UK Mental Health Services 'At Breaking Point'

The Huffington Post | Rachel Wearmouth | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Politics

Jeremy Hunt and Theresa May have defended their record on mental health - just hours after a new report found some patients were being transported 500...

How To Get More White Working Class Boys Into University

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Politics

When she became Prime Minister in July 2016, Theresa May stood on the steps of No.10 Downing Street and set out her own personal mission for changing ...

5 Experts Reveal What Politicians Must Understand About The Social Care Crisis

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Politics

Theresa May’s u-turned on her flagship social care policy, just four days after it was branded a “dementia tax”. But it is still far from clear ...

Labour Voters Back May On School Meals, Winter Fuel Payments

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Politics

Lifelong Labour voters are backing Theresa May’s plans to cut wealthy people’s entitlement to winter fuel allowance, free school meals and social ...

Those Who Can, Protest

Hayley Meachin | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK
Hayley Meachin

Depending on which side of the political fence you're on, we're either teetering on the brink of oblivion or the future's so bright we gotta wear shades. In the midst of fake news and social media firestorms about even the most seemingly innocuous comment, it can be hard to know what to think about any issue. Equally, it can be a brave act to express an opinion when you run the risk of being trolled to within an inch of your life, or worse.

NHS And Social Care Faces Turmoil Unless Funding Pumped In, Warns Lords Report

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK Politics

A “shocking” lack of planning by the Government is placing the future of the health service at risk, a Lords committee warned today. A damning rep...

'Tory Privatisation' Attacked As Firms Get £900m Of NHS Cash

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Politics

“Tory privatisation” of the NHS has been condemned by Labour after new figures showed that roughly half of new cash pumped into system was spent o...

The Heart Of Social Work

Michaela Horan | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Michaela Horan

This is not a post I ever thought I'd write. These are not words I ever expected to express with genuine conviction. These are not feelings I ever exp...

Councils Slam New Tory Funding Deal As 'Hugely Disappointing'

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Politics

The Tory chair of the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned councils will have to cut essential services, after they were given no extra cash ...

More Than A Million Elderly People Are Left Without The Care They Need, Age UK Finds

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Politics

More than a million elderly people do not get the care they need, a hike of almost 20 percent in the last year, a report from charity Age UK has found...

Five Stories You May Have Missed This Week

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Politics

1. Nearly Every Local Authority Will Raise Council Tax Millions face hikes in council tax as the majority of town halls expect to raise rates, a thin...

Tory MPs Slam Government For Limiting Number Of Child Refugees

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Politics

Conservative MPs have hit out at the government’s decision to limit the number of child refugees it will accept from Europe to just 350 - rather tha...

Corbyn Vows To Take Care Homes Into Public Ownership, Warns Of 'Danger Zone' NHS

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK

The NHS is in the “danger zone” under the Tories and Labour would nationalising failing care homes to protect their elderly patients, Jeremy Corby...

Children's Services And The Need For A Defence Of History In The Age Of Innovation

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK
Jonathan Stanley

There is still time for the Government to reconsider the professional and financial ramifications, and even more importantly, the ramifications for the children and young people we care for, who need, and have always needed the secure emotional base provided by safe, stable, careful, committed and reflective professional care.

Children And Social Work Bill - A Chance For Government To Help Our Most Vulnerable Young People

Javed Khan | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Politics
Javed Khan

We should remember these young people, through no fault of their own, have often had a very rough start in life. Despite that, they can be forced to become independent much younger than other children.

The Return From Resxit - Children's Homes Have Good Outcomes for Children

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

What's needed is to grow the size of the sector, by design increasing the number of homes for some needs, so that members of each sub-group meeting specifically identified needs can contribute asking the same questions, wrestling with the same issues, and worrying about the same things as you are, so that they feel a little less isolated and a little more recognised.

The Death of Liam Fee Is a Feminist Issue

Esther Freeman | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK
Esther Freeman

The death of two-year old Liam Fee is cruel and heartbreaking. It hits me hard as an adoptive parent because I know, but for a little luck, that might...

Regenerating and Reinvigorating Our Care System - Resolving to Ensure the Right Place at the Right Time for Every Child

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

David Cameron's weekend announcements heralding major reforms for children in care in the Queen's Speech stands to be an important act of national lea...

Doing Different for Children's Homes

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

Sir Martin Narey's review is an opportunity to stop "doing what we've always done". It's an opportunity to be the best parents we can be for the children who we take into our care system. Being the best we can be means setting aside differences we may have with our co-parents, and allocating appropriate funding to the task of looking after the child as a priority.

Together, We Can Tackle Child Abuse

Isabelle Trowler | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK
Isabelle Trowler

I have 20 years of experience as a social worker, from the front line to leadership, and I know that awareness of child abuse and being able to identify it can play a vital role in keeping children safe. Recent, tragic media reports have no doubt affected us all and serve as a reminder that we can all do more.

Risking Lives and Preventing Death: The Tragedy of Ayeesha Smith

Karen Woodall | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK
Karen Woodall

The news this week that another toddler has been murdered by her mother brings yet another reminder that when it comes to child protection in the UK, ...

We Have to Start Thinking 'Less'

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

Professionally we grew up, our children's services and child care theory and practice developed, in times of plenty, and by extension, of certainty. We never dreamed we would one day dread the implications of a world where plenty and certainty were not present.

The Case of Felix Ngole - Why Your Politics Should not Jeopardise Your Career

Alan Grant | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

It is often forgotten in modern history classes that England is the birthplace of our modern conception of liberty. It is from the green and fertile n...

We Need More Outstanding Social Workers Across the Country

Josh MacAlister | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Politics
Josh MacAlister

Social work is one of the country's most important professions, and social workers themselves are vital in transforming the life chances of the most vulnerable children. But while there are many great social workers already in practice, we need more of them.

Saying No Is the Hardest Thing

Martin Barrow | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

Few things trouble a foster care more than having to refuse a child placement. It is one of the most difficult decisions we face and is never taken lightly. We are committed to providing a safe haven to vulnerable children.