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Social workers working in children’s services in NI have a vital role in supporting families and protecting children from harm. This was the message from NI’s Chief Social Worker Sean Holland as he spoke before the regional launch of the Signs of Safety training programme today, part of a wider…
Laura McHarrie, a social worker with Dumfries and Galloway Council, has won the Andrew Cornwell Memorial Award for the highest performing graduate in The Open University’s social work programme in Scotland. Laura (pictured, left) was presented with a certificate and book token at the Council Headquarters in Dumfries by Rosanna…
Some of Ireland's most vulnerable children were potentially placed at risk due to major system failures within the Child and Family Agency (Tusla), an investigation has found. The failings were found by the Health, Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) to have stemmed from a gap between national Tusla policy and…
A review involving researchers from the University of Sheffield has outlined 20 recommendations to tackle the rising number of children entering the care system in England and Wales. Professor Kate Morris, Head of the University of Sheffield’s Department of Sociological Studies, along with PhD students Calum Webb, Permela Sehmar and…
A social worker who said a woman was failing to meet her son's "emotional needs" because she had not taken him out for an ice cream and did not get his hair to be cut "in the way that he liked" has come under fire from a High Court judge.…
A 17-year-old Slovakian travelled to England when near the end of her pregnancy then left her son in the care of nurses three days after giving birth, a family court judge has been told. The teenager told social workers in Derby that she had become pregnant after being raped in…
Northern Ireland's Chief Social Worker, Sean Holland, has today called on carers to get involved in discussions on the reform of Adult Care. His call was made as the Department of Health announced the start of recruitment of family carers to join an Independent Expert Carers Panel as part of…
University of Edinburgh social work PhD graduate, Dr Mary Mitchell and current PhD student, Ariane Critchley, have achieved success in the 2018 Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange Competition; awarded by the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science. Dr Mitchell, won the prestigious Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange Competition 2018, which…
Social workers should use Facebook and Twitter to engage with people sharing extreme and violent material online, according to an expert on the far right and terrorism. Vidhya Ramalingam said they should have the same kind of conversations on social media that a youth worker might have had with a…
A woman should not be told that her estranged teenage child has cancer, a High Court judge has decided. Mr Justice Hayden has imposed an information ban after the youngster, who has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and is undergoing hospital treatment, urged doctors and social workers…
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) Northern Ireland has published deeply concerning research findings detailing social workers’ experiences of being subjected to intimidation, threats and violence. Their report, Insult and Injury: Exploring the impacts of intimidation, threats and violence against social workers, presents the results of a survey open…
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) Northern Ireland has published deeply concerning research findings detailing social workers’ experiences of being subjected to intimidation, threats and violence. Their report, Insult and Injury, presents the results of a survey open to all social workers in Northern Ireland. Eighty-six per cent of…
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