Chief social worker for children appointed

May 20, 2013 1 comment

family life

The first ever Chief Social Worker for Children and Families has been appointed by Education Secretary Michael Gove. Isabelle Trowler is a highly experienced social worker who “transformed” children’s services in Hackney, the Department for Education reports. In her new role she lead reforms which will affect the entire profession, the government says. In addition,…

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Judge rules against testing for disease in care case

April 28, 2013 3 comments

Court of Protection

The High Court has ruled against testing two young children for Huntington’s Disease in order to improve their chances of adoption. Re Y and Z (Minors) concerned two children, now aged three and two, who had been placed in care after the police raised concerns about their family. The father admitted being violent to the…

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Role of principal social worker gaining ground

March 19, 2013 0 comments

The majority of local authorities have now appointed a ‘principal social worker’ within their children’s departments, to ensure clear communication between public-facing frontline staff and senior management. The role of principal social worker was a recommendation of the Munro Review of Child Protection, published in May 2011. The role is designed to both improve communication…

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Child neglect is a real threat to children, charity says

March 11, 2013 1 comment

fostering and adoption

Neglect poses as much of a threat to children as abuse, the NSPCC has claimed. According to figures from a new study funded by the child protection charity, more children are placed on local child protection registers due to neglect than both physical and sexual abuse. The study, by the University of East Anglia, examined…

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Social workers must ‘explain more’ says academic

January 3, 2013 1 comment

family life

A leading academic has called on social workers to be more open and transparent about their decision making. The current emphasis on secrecy means sensible decisions risk being seen as “random and idiotic”, Professor Eileen Munro told the Independent. Professor Munro, of the London School of Economics, carried out a review of child protection services…

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