Adoption enquiry extended until 31 March

September 28, 2016 0 comments

family law

The British Association of Social Workers has extended the deadline for responses to its ongoing enquiry into the role of social workers in the adoption process. Launched in May, the academic-led enquiry is focused in particular on the role of human rights legislation and ethics in the way social workers approach the adoption of children…

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Spotlight to fall on the role of social workers in adoption

May 4, 2016 0 comments

social workers

The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has begun work on a year-long study into the role of social workers in the adoption process. The social worker membership organisation has commissioned two academics – Professor Brid Featherstone of the University of Huddersfield and Anna Gupta of the University of London – to compile the research,…

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Social workers alienated by government plans

March 11, 2016 2 comments

social workers

Government plans for the future of social work have left workers feeling “sidelined” and “patronised”. The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) is the largest professional association for people in the profession in the UK. Responding to an inquiry launched by the Education Select Committee on social work training, the BASW insisted that changes would…

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Care home review ‘unnecessary’

November 17, 2015 0 comments

children in care

A planned review of residential care home system is politically slanted, social workers have claimed. Last month the government announced a “comprehensive” review of children’s homes across the country, saying this would “help put an end to a life of disadvantage for some of the most vulnerable children in care.” But the British Association of…

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Social workers feel ‘powerless’ to help neglected children

March 11, 2015 0 comments

children, family law

A significant number of social workers feel powerless to intervene in cases involving child neglect, a new survey reveals. Charity Action for Children talked to over 1,000 professionals who work with children, such as teachers, police and medical personnel. The report found that more than 40 per cent of social workers have felt powerless in…

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Consultation closes on domestic abuse

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October 22, 2014 2 comments

domestic violence

Social work organisations have responded to the Home Secretary’s consultation on strengthening the law around domestic abuse. I wrote about this in August expressing doubts that creating a new offence of domestic abuse, whilst laudable in intent, will be very difficult to enforce in practice because of the required burden of proof. Nonetheless, I notice…

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Children’s service privatisation plans “dead in the water”

July 24, 2014 0 comments

childcare

Recently announced government plans to privatise children’s services are “dead in the water” following the departure of Michael Gove from the post of Education Secretary an MP has claimed. Occasionally controversial former minister Tim Loughton said the plans faced now faced a very uncertain future. The Conservative MP for East Worthing and Shoreham in Sussex…

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Children’s minister offers assurance on privatisation concerns

June 11, 2014 0 comments

The government will carefully consider objections to its recently announced privatisation plans for children’s services, Edward Timpson has declared. The Children’s Minister acknowledged the opposition of several organisations during an appearance at the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) annual conference in London this week. In a letter to the Guardian newspaper, a group of…

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My review of the year (part five) by John Bolch

December 18, 2013 1 comment

family law

Continuing an ongoing theme for the year (and, no doubt, beyond), on 5 September the President  of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, handed down his judgment in Re J (A Child). In this, and not for the last time, he called for more transparency in the family courts, in order to restore public confidence…

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Independent social workers are ‘vital’, say family court judges

September 11, 2013 1 comment

Independent social workers not employed by local authorities can play a ‘vital’ role in complex family cases, senior judges have declared. Independents often offer specialist skills and skills not available at local authorities, and they can help to prevent delays for children caught up in court proceedings and awaiting decisions on adoption and fostering, the…

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