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More than 2,000 youth workers axed in past two years, research finds

More than 2,000 youth workers axed in past two years, research finds

In excess of 2,000 youth worker posts have been cut and 350 youth centres have closed since 2012, according to latest research by Unison.

The research, into the effect of austerity measures on local youth service provision, also found 41,000 youth service places [...]

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Children's commissioner to investigate impact of family immigration rules

Children's commissioner to investigate impact of family immigration rules.

The Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England has launched an investigation into the harm family immigration rule changes are causing to children.

The government brought in tougher family immigration rules in 2012 including a minimum income threshold for UK residents wanting to bring a non-EU partner or [...]

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Are you up to the test? Children's social workers face knowledge test

Are you up to the test? Children's social workers face knowledge test

New children’s social workers will have to pass a test of their knowledge in order to become an approved practitioner as part of government attempts to improve the quality of the profession, it has been announced.

The test will be based on a range of [...]

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Plans for child social worker gold standard unclear and unfinished

Plans for child social worker gold standard unclear and unfinished

The Department for Education's new status for social workers remains a work in progress with little clarity of benefits of the scheme.

The Department for Education has announced a ‘gold standard’ for children and families social workers designed to improve the quality of safeguarding work, [...]

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‘New blueprint for the future training social workers’, announced by Isabelle Trowler

‘New blueprint future training social workers’, announced by Isabelle Trowler

Described as coming “as part of the most significant transformation to the profession in a generation”, this publication coincides with the Government launching plans for a new gold standard for social workers.

What social workers who work with children and families need to know and do will [...]

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Five key questions from the JSWEC debate on social work’s future

Five key questions from the JSWEC debate on social work’s future. An impassioned discussion at the Joint Social Work Education Conference raised plenty of questions for the profession.

1. Where is the user voice?

Hugh McLaughlin, professor of social work at Manchester Metropolitan University, said that the social work sector needed to stand up more [...]

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Tower Hamlets goes from inadequate to good in two years

24/07/2019

Tower Hamlets children's services has turned itself around from inadequate in 2017 to good in the latest inspection of the children's services.

Ofsted said Tower Hamlets has "substantially improved" children's services with leaders and managers having had a relentless focus to improve practice to deliver good experiences and progress for children and their families.

"Effective and well-coordinated [...]

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Ofsted launches series of joint inspections around children's mental health

23/07/2019

A series of joint inspections focusing on children's mental health has been launched by Ofsted.

The inspectorate has published guidance for inspectors for the new series of inspections, which will examine how local services respond to children and young people with mental health problems.

Ofsted’s National Director for Social Care, Yvette Stanley, said: "At a time when [...]

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Significant improvements at Wiltshire

23/07/2019

There have been significant improvements at Wiltshire since the last inspection in 2015, when all areas of the service required improvement to be good.

Ofsted has now rated the authority's children's services as good, saying the determined and well-focused leadership of the executive director, combined with the corporate
resolution of key elected members, has paid dividends [...]

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