Social Workers urge care review to avoid ‘blame culture’

The Case for Change was published last week, laying out the priorities of review chair Josh MacAlister in reforming children’s social care in England. The report hails social workers as social care’s “greatest...

Self-harm warning signs can appear decade earlier

Early warning signs of self-harm can appear in children almost a decade before it starts, say researchers. The team at the University of Cambridge found two distinct groups that were more likely to damage...

Three-quarters of social workers emotionally and mentally exhausted on back of Covid-19, finds survey

One-fifth of practitioners have taken time off due to stress during pandemic, finds snapshot survey by the Social Workers’ Benevolent Trust, the latest study to highlight Covid’s negative impact on profession...

Category - Safeguarding

Positions of trust

The Ministry of Justice has announced the Positions of Trust law, which currently applies in England and Wales to roles like teachers and social workers, will be extended as part of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill to protect teenagers...

Inside a domestic violence call centre

A major charity working with victims of domestic abuse says calls to their 24-hour helpline increased by more than 50 per cent in the year of the pandemic. The lockdown means some women have felt trapped at home with violent and abusive partners...

Sibling sexual abuse

The Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse (CSA Centre) has published an overview of the current research and practice knowledge around sibling sexual abuse. The report covers: sexual behaviour between siblings; the scale and nature of sibling...