Children’s services in England shaky as Jenga tower, says review lead

The English children’s services system is a “tower of Jenga held together by Sellotape” and needs major reform and investment, the head of an independent review has found. Read the full article on this link...

How social workers can help improve the health system’s response to women

As a female-dominated profession, performing mentally and physically demanding roles, the government is seeking social workers’ views to help shape its Women’s Health Strategy, say the chief social...

‘It’s right to focus on race, but we must look at equality in social work in the round’

Social Work England’s new head of equality, diversity and inclusion, Ahmina Akhtar, sets out her priorities for tackling inequalities within her organisation and in the profession as a whole. Read the...

Children in military families

Angela Ruskin University (ARU) has published a report, commissioned by the Naval Children’s Charity (NCC), examining issues that affect the wellbeing of children in military families including: the impact of...

Vulnerable children and young people

The Department for Education (DfE) has published data from the vulnerable children and young people survey of local authorities in England looking at the impact of the coronavirus on children’s social...

Child abuse and child protection: social attitude survey

The Department for Education (DfE) has published a research report looking at public attitudes to education and children’s services, including child abuse and child protection, across England, Scotland and Wales. Findings from 2,942 participants who...

Who stole our unions?

  It’s May Day and our increasingly vulnerable and disempowered workforce want to know………… whatever happened to our trade unions? On the 4th May 1890 250,000 trade unionists descended on Hyde Park Corner in London to hear a speech by Karl...

Fast Track – Wrong Track?

As a former family support worker working within social work teams, the news around the introduction of the fast track social work programmes undoubtedly caught my attention and filled me with concern for the direction in which the social work...

Fighting to keep our libraries

Libraries work. They make people literate. Here is some evidence. Please note few government ministers or local councillors use genuine evidence to support their decisions. “Enjoyment of reading has a greater impact on a child’s educational...