Social Workers

Saying Goodbye to Our Family Social Worker

Martin Barrow | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

We have said goodbye to our family social worker, who has retired after a long and distinguished career with the county council. She has been with us since we became foster carers some years ago, and has been at our side through thick and thin.

'Business As Usual' Is Not Good Enough for Carers

Beth Britton | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK
Beth Britton

That last point, which for many gets to the heart of why the ambitions for the Care Act aren't being realized, is certainly a fair reflection of the current climate. However, for me, finding solutions is as much about creativity as it is requests for more money. Carers do amazing work in their unpaid role, and as a society we need to show the same resolve in finding ways to support them.

Together, We Can Tackle Child Abuse

Isabelle Trowler | Posted 24.04.2016 | 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.

Why Consistent Carers Are More Important Than Male Role Models For Boys

The Huffington Post UK | Jennifer Barton | Posted 16.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Much is made of the importance of positive male role models for young men. This is particularly a source of concern when looking at vulnerable you...

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.

Only One in Eight Children Who Are Sexually Abused Are Identified By Professionals

Anne Longfield | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK
Anne Longfield

Many don't even realise they have been sexually abused until they become adults and reflect on what has happened to them. In fact, our report shows that historically, the overwhelming number of sex abuse survivors only realise they have suffered abuse after they turn 18.

Foster Carers Are the Unsung Heroes of the Crisis in Calais

Martin Barrow | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK
Martin Barrow

Foster carers have been unsung heroes during the Calais migrant crisis. Hundreds of migrant children have been taken into care and placed with foster families. Many of these families live in Kent but children's services are already having to look beyond the county for support because it is increasingly difficult to find suitable placements.

A Humbling and Inspirational 12 Months

Javed Khan | Posted 07.05.2016 | UK
Javed Khan

It's a year since I arrived at Barnardo's and I can honestly say I feel very humbled to be chief executive of this great charity. It's been a challenging year for sure but also a hugely rewarding one.

Speed-Dating for Toddlers: A Solution to Britain's Adoption Crisis?

Ben Acheson | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Acheson

In an ideal world, nobody would need to be adopted, but this is not an ideal world. Adoption parties cannot prevent a child being taken into care, but they can help take them out of care. They give 'hard-to-place' children a greater chance of placement. They tackle some endemic problems in the adoption process.

World Social Work Day: 'White Dee' - Doing Social Work Without Knowing It

Hayley Meachin | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Politics
Hayley Meachin

There are a lot of assumptions made about the poor and there are a lot of assumptions made about the social workers who are trying to help them.

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?".

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.

World Social Work Day: Blowing the Whistle Becomes a Silent Scream If Nobody Listens

Hayley Meachin | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Politics
Hayley Meachin

Today is World Social Work Day, but given the dire state of public services, many might reach a conclusion that there is little to celebrate. This year's theme of 'Promoting Social and Economic Equalities' does not sit comfortably with vulnerable people who are being told by social workers that they cannot have help because of funding cuts.

Troubled Families? Or Troubled Stats?

Hayley Meachin | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK Politics
Hayley Meachin

When the wider provision of support for vulnerable children and families is under systemic assault from the decimation of central and local government budgets, some old recycled statistics and 16 isolated families do not merit a reason to be cheerful.

Encourage Top Graduates To Become Social Workers, Urges Gove

PA | Posted 16.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Top graduates will be encouraged to train as social workers under new proposals to improve the profession and raise its status, Michael Gove has annou...

Eastenders 'Could Influence Ireland's Children's Referendum'

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.01.2013 | UK Politics

Irish oliticians are concerned the results of the forthcoming Children's Referendum could be influenced by storyline in a soap opera. Fianna Fail T...

Social Workers Slam 'EastEnders' Storyline

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Dean | Posted 09.10.2012 | UK Entertainment

EastEnders' current storyline about teen mum Lola having her baby, Lexi, taken away from her by 'meddling' social workers has angered those working in...

Are Neglected Children Falling Through the Child Protection Net?

Andrew Flanagan | Posted 27.11.2012 | UK
Andrew Flanagan

A survey of social workers published in Community Care today, in partnership with the NSPCC, reveals that just one in 10 were confident that children suffering neglect were being properly protected.

Baby Peter Connelly's Anniversary: Five Years on Is the UK Safer for Children?

Andrew Flanagan | Posted 02.10.2012 | UK
Andrew Flanagan

To mark the anniversary of Peter Connelly's death, the NSPCC is highlighting the on-going plight of our most vulnerable children. We have looked at the circumstances of around 35 baby deaths and found the same mistakes still being made over and over again. The same warning signs being missed, the same lessons for the future repeated over and over but not enough changing.

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...

Why the Public Sector are Right to Strike

Tiernan Douieb | Posted 10.07.2012 | UK Politics
Tiernan Douieb

The public sector, in my opinion is the most important of all the job areas in the UK, for they are the people employed to maintain some sense of order and safety amongst all us everyday loons who fart about on a daily basis landing ourselves in all sorts of mishaps.

Thousands of Children Who Run Away From Care are Failed by the Agencies Who Are Supposed to Protect Them

Ann Coffey | Posted 10.07.2012 | UK Politics
Ann Coffey

We know that running away or going missing is a key indicator that a child might be at risk or in need. Children in care are three times more likely to run away than children living at home.

Children In Care Figure Tops 10,000 For First Time

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The annual number of new applications to take children into care has passed the 10,000 mark for the first time, new figures show. Councils in Engla...

Tougher New Rules To Speed Up Adoption

Posted 27.02.2012 | UK

Local authorities will only be classed as "outstanding" for adoption if they place children within 12 months, under new plans to speed up the process....

Can Social Workers and Journalists Ever Be Friends?

Hayley Meachin | Posted 21.02.2012 | UK Politics
Hayley Meachin

Give journalists a break. At the moment, their name is mud. They are probably about as popular as social workers.