Social Work

It's Time to Count the Costs of Child Sexual Abuse

Jon Brown | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK
Jon Brown

I think it is time to prioritise child abuse as a public health issue like heart disease, smoking and obesity. These diseases get a high profile in part because they have a cost, not only in human misery but also for the economy. The NSPCC is currently researching the economic costs to the UK of child sexual abuse and it is likely that it will be billions of pounds of year.

Emotional Abuse Cannot Be Ignored - and Now Children Have the Law on Their Side

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

At Action for Children, we have reached a huge milestone - following our three-year campaign and thanks to the Ministry of Justice, the legal definition of child cruelty will include emotional as well as physical harm. This new law will change lives. I've met children and young people who have suffered intolerable emotional abuse at the hands of people who are supposed to love them most.

Government Spin Alone Won't Protect Our Children

Hayley Meachin | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Politics
Hayley Meachin

Following the conviction of Magdelena Luczak and Mariusz Krezolek for the murder of four-year-old Daniel Pelka, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said: "his death should be on all of our consciences." This is not a sentiment likely to be echoed by the media or the general public, who perhaps understandably lay the blame squarely on the professionals whose job it is to protect children. In the media blitz that accompanied the conviction, Mr Clegg and former children's minister Tim Loughton rushed to reassure the public that the government is doing everything possible to "reduce complexity and bureaucracy" in the child protection system, and that deaths like Daniel's are isolated cases. Government spin belies the reality of child protection.

Time to Get a Real Job? How Does Professional Status Create a Platform to Target the Poorest?

Richard Moran | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK
Richard Moran

Having spent three years working for a small charity, running a support and signposting service for young people, I decided the time was right to move on. During my final week, one of our volunteers approached and asked (very sweetly and with the best of intentions) "So, is it time to get a real job then?".

Government Recommendations for Children's Homes on Right Road for Right Place at Right Time

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

The Government can count on members of the Independent Children's Homes Association to co-operate enthusiastically as it implements reforms in the residential child care sector protecting and promoting the interests of vulnerable looked after children. The ICHA has long urged action and sought allies in pursuit of these goals.

Urgent Action Needed to Protect Children in Care from Sexual Exploitation

Tom Rahilly | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK
Tom Rahilly

There is some excellent work going on, but too many children's homes simply aren't getting to the bottom of why young people go missing. To use the jargon, the state must be a 'corporate parent' to them. Put simply, that means to act the same way as any decent parent would.

Social Pedagogy Comes to the UK

Dominic Stevenson | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dominic Stevenson

Social pedagogy is an incredibly common education and social care practise in continental Europe and the Fostering Network has launched a ground breaking programme to bring it to the UK.

Battlefront: The Fight Against Youth Unemployment

Ava Patel | Posted 22.10.2012 | UK
Ava Patel

In my opinion, youth unemployment is no longer a problem, but a disaster. When I saw the Battlefront job advertised I was attracted to it because it was a chance to use my journalistic skills and tackle a subject that has had a huge impact on me. It's something that had me feeling pretty low for a long time and I don't think it's fair young people should have to lower their expectations just because their environment or the economic climate they live in isn't prospering. I'm tackling youth unemployment because young people today are quickly becoming disillusioned with their lives and ambitions.

Baby P's Social Workers Lose Appeal Against Employment Tribunal

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.05.2012 | UK

Two of Baby P's social workers have lost their appeal against an employment tribunal, which ruled on Friday that they were fairly sacked. Gillie Ch...

The RSPCA Frontline - A Unique, Dedicated and Proud Team

Tony Woodley | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK
Tony Woodley

I look back to my training in 1996, with 21 others, and remember that very few unlike me had a great deal of animal experience. That's because it's the ability to use powers of persuasion, empathy and understanding for the protection of animals which are most important.

Government Cuts: Is Human Decency Next?

Hayley Meachin | Posted 18.03.2012 | UK Politics
Hayley Meachin

The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) is hearing from more and more social workers who are extremely uncomfortable about being pressured, as a result of cuts and lack of resources, to turn a blind eye to poor practice and implement unethical procedures.

The Riots, The PM's Speech: A Wake-Up Call for Social Work

Professor Jonathan Parker | Posted 15.10.2011 | UK Politics
Professor Jonathan Parker

There is much of merit in the Prime Minister's speech concerning the riots. His emphasis on morality and questions of 'right and wrong' will resonate with many. However, such rhetoric may be an empty vessel unless based on robust research into the causes of and solutions to the social problems to which he refers. A voice to stand up for democratic freedoms is crucial, but so is a need to work within the society that social workers are part in this country if we are to build together, rather than tear down, supportive state welfare that benefits social, political and economic well-being for all.

Who Cares for the Squeezed Middle-Aged?

Sophie Moullin | Posted 14.09.2011 | UK Politics
Sophie Moullin

Offering a better deal for family care would help make the case for higher spending on social care.