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A sick 15-year-old boy has been robbed of much of his childhood as a result of his parents exaggerating his symptoms, a High Court judge has said. The teenager's mother had made him think he was dying, said Mr Justice Hayden. Her "bullying and bombastic" behaviour led to medics treating…
There’s a common myth that does the rounds in the run-up to all elections. We’ve all heard it: the belief that the work of local authorities grinds to a halt in a bid to remain independent and unbiased so that we don’t fall foul of the Purdah Police! “You must…
A former Liberal Democrat MP has raised concern after a High Court judge barred journalists from identifying a woman who has been remanded in custody as a result of social workers raising safety concerns about her three-year-old daughter. Mrs Justice Parker, who is based in the Family Division of the…
Social workers are set to Skype two brothers at the centre of family court litigation after being taken to Iraq. A judge says he wants to hear what the boys, who are 14 and 11, have to say about the dispute between their parents. Mr Justice Holman has told staff…
The author of a major review of social care has accused the Conservatives of failing to tackle the central problem in the sector with their landmark plans for reform. Sir Andrew Dilnot (pictured) said the proposals show a "less than full understanding" of the problems of social care and would…
An extra £20 million will be invested in social services in Wales every year in recognition of the sector’s national strategic importance, Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans, has confirmed today. The funding, which has been made available as a result of consequential funding from the UK…
The British Association of Social Workers have produced a Manifesto for Social Work that they hope the next government will fulfill following the general election. Here BASW Chair Guy Shennan and CEO Ruth Allen explain more: "BASW has produced a manifesto of what we want from a new government following…
Social work at the University of Essex is going global, following the appointment of Founding Professor of Social Work and Director of the Centre for Social Work, Vasilios Ioakimidis, who is based primarily at their Southend Campus. This new post has been developed as part of the University's strategic aim…
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