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A woman who wanted a new partner to adopt her 11-year-old son and dishonestly told a social worker that she did not know who the boy's father was has been given a warning by a judge. Magistrates in Grimsby (pictured), Lincolnshire, approved the adoption as a result of the woman's…
The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (Iriss) will host A Portrait of Care, a four-day interactive public exhibition that will showcase stories and reflections of the frontline social services workforce. Coinciding with World Social Work Day, the exhibition aims to celebrate the great work of the sector,…
An independent social worker - who assessed four children whose mother was jailed after taking them to the Syrian border - has come under fire from a High Court judge asked to make decisions about the youngsters' futures. Mr Justice Newton says evidence Carol Edwards gave during proceedings in the…
A mother is facing a life sentence for murder after battering to death her "helpless and vulnerable" baby daughter two hours after social services care workers left her home alone with the child. Jennifer Crichton, 35, left her seven-month-old daughter Amelia with "catastrophic" head injuries, including bleeding on the brain,…
A family court judge's criticisms of a social worker who won a fight to remain anonymous have emerged in a ruling published on a legal website. Judge Gavyn Arthur had been asked to make decisions about the truth of sex abuse allegations made by a teenage girl. He dismissed the…
Social Work England will be the new professional regulator for social workers in England. It will undertake core regulatory functions including: Setting standards Holding the professional register Approving initial education and training courses for social workers Running a ‘fitness to practise’ system The Children and Social Work Act 2017 sets…
Adoption has been a particularly politicised and contentious area of public policy in recent years in the UK, perhaps most particularly in England. Political and ideological perspectives on adoption drive legal frameworks, policy, the culture of practice and the use of resources. It was against this backdrop that BASW commissioned…
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…
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