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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…
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…
Thousands of foster carers need to be recruited each year. Foster Care Fortnight (8-21 May), run by the UK’s leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network, not only calls for more people to consider becoming carers, but also celebrates the amazing work that foster carers already do, so that everyone can…
When Fox News host Bill O'Reilly was finally fired after years of sexual harassment claims, it seemed like a welcome break from the norm: an exceptionally powerful man accused of sexual misconduct was for once not protected at all costs. While various harassment claims against Donald Trump failed to stop…
Austerity campaigner Charlotte Hughes considers what social workers and other professionals should be be doing to challenge poverty, austerity and stigma... More than a million people in the UK are so poor they cannot afford to eat properly, keep clean or stay warm and dry, and this figure is rising…
Growing numbers of women in England are experiencing ‘hidden homelessness’ – living in precarious arrangements without privacy or their own legal living space - according to new research. Women’s homelessness is a major social problem in the UK, with the latest figures revealing that from 1998 – 2015, 1,475,150 households…
I find it hard to believe my four years in Scottish Government is almost at an end. But if I had been able to select a period to be Chief Social Work Adviser I could not have picked a more exciting period, either professionally or politically. From a professional perspective,…
Domestic violence is a violation of human rights with damaging social, economic and health consequences. It is any incident of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse. That abuse can be psychological, emotional, physical, sexual and financial. The “domestic” element refers to abuse between people aged 16 or over who…
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