Social workers are ‘firefighting’ serious cases

October 16, 2017 0 comments

family law

Social workers are overwhelmed and struggling to meet demand for their services, a high profile academic has claimed. Professor Ray Jones is Emeritus Professor of Social Work at Kingston University. Speaking at a social care conference in Bournemouth, he claimed: “What I am hearing from social workers is that they are having to spend most…

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Serious case reviews should be simplified, report claims

July 23, 2014 1 comment

child protecton

Serious case reviews (SCRs) should be shortened and simplified, a new report has declared. SCRs are held by local authorities whenever a child living in their area dies or comes to serious harm as a result of abuse or neglect, with a view to establishing better ways to vulnerable youngsters. A total 114 SCRs were…

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Academics worried by proposals to privatise children’s services

May 19, 2014 1 comment

child refugees

A group of child protection experts have declared themselves “very concerned” by government plans to privatise most child protection services. In a letter to the Guardian newspaper, the 37 academics highlight the recently published government proposal Powers to delegate children’s social care functions,  which is set to close at the end of this month. This plans…

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Child abuse investigations increase by over 42 per cent

December 19, 2013 0 comments

fostering and adoption

The number of high level child abuse investigations launched by councils across England has increased by more than 42 per cent over the last three years. So called ‘Section 47’ investigations refer to section 47 of the Children Act1989, which places a duty on councils to investigate when they “have reasonable cause to suspect that…

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Social workers being ‘distracted’ by serious case reviews

October 4, 2013 8 comments

Social workers are spending “a lot of time” on serious case reviews rather than protecting children, an academic has claimed. Ray Jones is Professor of Social Work at London’s Kingston University. Appearing on the Today programme the day after Amanda Hutton was convicted of starving her son to death, he said social workers were under…

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Women ‘happier’ after divorce, new study claims

July 11, 2013 3 comments

Women experience higher levels of happiness for up to five years after they get divorced, new research claims. Researchers at Kingston University analysed data from the British Household Panel Survey, a study of 10,000 people in the UK aged between 16 and 60. Participants were asked to rate their own happiness before and after significant…

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