Make an Enquiry
Contact Us

One in five childrens social workers unaware of Children and Families Act changes

A report conducted by the Victoria Climbié Foundation finds one in five childrens social workers unaware of Children and Families Act changes sweeping reforms to the adoption system.

Almost a fifth of social workers are still not aware of the changes brought in by the passing of the Children and Families Act into law four months ago, research into the state of the workforce has found.

A report published by the Victoria Climbié Foundation (VCF) examines social workers’ ability to implement the Children and Families Act within the current infrastructure. With concerns over caseloads, supervision and perception of the profession, the results are not positive.

But beyond the daily challenges hindering social workers from properly implementing changes and recommendations for children’s social care, a more fundamental problem seems to exist in that social workers have not been kept up to speed on what these changes actually are.

The Children and Families Act introduces sweeping reforms, mostly of the adoption system. The Act enshrines a 26-week time limit on care proceedings, with a leeway of up to 8 weeks’ extension in particularly complex cases, intended to reduce delay in the adoption process in order to protect children who are at risk of harm or emotional damage from their birth family.

The Act also removes the clause which recommends ‘due consideration’ should be given to a child’s ethnic or religious background in matching them with a family and gives greater rights for adoptive families to paid leave matching that of a birth parent.

However almost 20% of children’s social workers surveyed by the foundation are still not aware of these changes, despite their being in place since March.


Fully story courtesy of Community Care

Knowledge & Resources

Keep abreast of the latest news in the children's services sector.

All children removed from Rainsbrook


All children are to be removed from Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre, the Lord Chancellor has announced.

Robert Buckland has confirmed that work is underway to move all children from the privately-run Secure Training Centre amid serious ongoing concerns about safety and performance.

The Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland said: “Six months ago, I demanded that MTC take [...]

Read Full Story

Response to 'Case for Change'


What the children’s services sector said about the independent review into children’s social care.


The Association of Directors of Children’s Services President, Charlotte Ramsden, said: “This review is a once in a generation opportunity to make meaningful and lasting change for the children and young people who need our help and support to thrive. The case [...]

Read Full Story

Children’s social care system likened to Jenga tower held together with Sellotape


Children’s services often intervene with vulnerable families too late, the independent review into children’s social care has stated.

The government’s main focus should be on supporting the resources of families and the wider community to keep children safe as close to a family environment as is possible. While decisive action still needs to be taken [...]

Read Full Story
Children First is an online resource for professionals working with children presented by WillisPalmer, providing you with the latest news, features and interviews.
Subscribe Today
Delivering a diverse, reliable range of services to children and their families across the UK
D1, Parkside, Knowledge Gateway, Nesfield Road, Colchester, Essex CO4 3ZL
Contact Us

A Mackman Group collaboration - market research by Mackman Research | website design by Mackman

closechevron-downbars linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram