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 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.
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.
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.
Top graduates will be encouraged to train as social workers under new proposals to improve the profession and raise its status
Irish oliticians are concerned the results of the forthcoming Children's Referendum could be influenced by storyline in a
EastEnders' current storyline about teen mum Lola having her baby, Lexi, taken away from her by 'meddling' social workers
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.
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.
Two of Baby P's social workers have lost their appeal against an employment tribunal, which ruled on Friday that they were
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
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.
The annual number of new applications to take children into care has passed the 10,000 mark for the first time, new figures
Local authorities will only be classed as "outstanding" for adoption if they place children within 12 months, under new plans
Give journalists a break. At the moment, their name is mud. They are probably about as popular as social workers.
The government is promoting dangerous ideas about the poor and it is not listening to common sense. It is not listening to social workers, and it is not listening to its own advisors.
Nurses, teaching assistants, social workers, dinner ladies and paramedics are lining up at the picket lines to protect their pensions during the biggest strike in living memory. UNISON has said from the start that we want to reach a negotiated settlement, and that still stands. We were willing to take part in scheme specific talks, right up until 30 November and we are still committed to continuing negotiations. Action is a last resort, but after eight months of negotiations we still have no firm offer to put to a single public sector worker.