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Sitting near Leicester Square in central London trying to scrape together £9 from passers-by in order to get a hostel room, Steve is just one of thousands sleeping rough on England's streets. The 39-year-old from South Shields said he became homeless four years ago when his son died, adding: "I…
A child dies. A nation mourns. The professionals gather to ask how and why. The media and the public want answers, then justice. It’s sadly an all too familiar process. With Channel 4’s new TV drama Kiri, the British public peek into the world of the social worker at the…
This is a sponsored article and is brought to you by West Sussex County Council. At West Sussex County Council we are doing something inspirational, something we are really proud of - creating a brighter future for the children and families we work with. At the heart of our strategic…
Eleanor Schooling writes that it is possible for homes to support ‘hard-to-place’ children and still achieve a good or better inspection outcome. Today, I want to talk about the children living in children’s homes. While the majority of children looked after live in foster placements, around one in 12 children…
We have put extra funding in. There are more beds available across the system, we’ve reduced the number of delayed discharges of elderly people who would otherwise have been in NHS beds rather than in social care. British prime minister, Theresa May, in comments to the BBC on January 3.…
Child sexual abuse is on the rise in the UK with the NSPCC announcing a 31% increase in police referrals in 2017 compared to the previous year. Worryingly, this is just the tip of the iceberg as child sexual abuse is widely under-reported. My research has revealed that a major…
In many parts of England employment levels are at record levels and I regularly hear anecdotes from contacts across the South of England that every time a new super-market opens, the social care labour pool shrinks or disappears. There have never been more people in work and unemployment is at…
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) CEO, Dr. Ruth Allen, has warned the Government that we are facing “generational trauma” for children who are stuck in poverty and increasingly at risk of neglect, following the unveiling of data showing a record high in Section 47s. The Department of Education’s…
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