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DWP urged to improve support for care leavers

25th May 2018

The Department for Work and Pensions has been urged to improve support for care leavers. A report by the Social Security Advisory Committee found that one in five care leavers…

Ofsted reports of children’s services published in May

24th May 2018

A round-up of the Ofsted inspections of children’s services published during May. Improvement plan at Croydon ‘progressing well’ Senior leaders in Croydon are progressing well in implementing their improvement plan,…

Transgender issue poorly understood by social workers

24th May 2018

Childhood gender dysphoria remains poorly understood by social workers, resulting in transgender people experiencing discrimination, a study has found. There is a significant lack of transgender-specific social work research, the…

Bursary boost for care leavers

24th May 2018

A new government funded bursary scheme has been announced to support care leavers to join an apprenticeship. Care leavers aged 16-24 choosing to do an apprenticeship from August 2018 will…

Appropriate pace of change at Barnet

24th May 2018

There is an appropriate pace of change at Barnet, a monitoring visit of the authority by Ofsted has found. Inspectors noted that the local authority is consolidating the recent improvements…

Expert’s Corner: Mary Cullen

23rd May 2018

Clare Jerrom speaks to Independent Social Worker, Mary Cullen about the importance of attachment theory in social work practice. Attachment theory can be under-rated in social work practice, an expert…

Darlington requires improvement to be good

23rd May 2018

Darlington children’s services requires improvement to be good, Ofsted has said. While adoption and experiences of care leavers were rated as ‘good,’ Ofsted deemed that leadership, management and governance, children…