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Ten tips for newly qualified social workers looking for a job

With fewer vacancies and increased competition, graduates will need to plan well and take extra care to secure their first position<p>Newly qualified social workers have endured as tough a recession as any part of the profession over the past four years. Many graduates have emerged from their studies …

Social care workers most thinly spread of any sector, research shows

Social work has always been challenging, but austerity and funding cuts mean the problems professionals face are becoming even more acute. How can we ensure that talented staff still want to work in what David Cameron has described as "one of Britain's most important jobs"?<p>In a study of more than …

The case for preventive community social work is returning

Community-based initiatives have helped vulnerable families with problems rooted in poverty that councils can't tackle alone<p>The Children & Young Persons Act (1963) is now rarely mentioned, but 50 years ago it entrusted to councils in England and Wales the duty of "diminishing the need to receive …

The challenges of being a young, female social worker

Young professionals should think about how they are perceived. Wearing inappropriate clothes can create barriers – and risks<p>Any young woman at the start of her professional career will know the difficulties that come with being young and female. There is often a desperate need to try and prove …

Social work supervision: process or procedure?

English social workers would benefit from Swedish-style personal reflection as part of their professional supervision<p>One year ago I packed my bags with seven years' social work experience and left my job in Sweden for fresh challenges in a new country.<p>I moved to England to participate in a national …

Why are love and care no longer part of child social work?

Social worker Jenni Randall and one of her early clients, David Akinsanya, say they are living proof of the importance of relationships for looked-after children<p>Jenni Randall was a newly qualified social worker in Basildon when among her first case files she found a seven-year-old boy called David …

Michael Gove on a quest to reform social work training

Education secretary to say that great practice is too often undermined by dogma<p>Michael Gove, the education secretary, will announce a "personal" mission for a radical plan to reform social work on Monday – citing his own life which was "transformed because of the skill of social workers and the …

No, Mr Gove, social workers don't lack compassion or intellect. They lack time and resources

Michael Gove's proposed changes to social work overlook the huge impact on child welfare of cuts in services and family living standards<p>When David Cameron sang the praises of social workers at the last Tory party conference, it came as something of a shock to the profession. Now Michael Gove is …

Hamzah Khan: Social work needs to re-engage with communities

There is little room for whole family support, yet this is precisely what Hamzah so desperately needed<p>The appalling details of Hamzah Khan's life and death, and the reality of his corpse going unmissed for two years, elicit a great many thoughts and feelings, notably what can be done to minimise …

What is the role of social work in 'moral panics'?

A recent conference looked at the part social work may play in creating, fuelling and sustaining public scares and scandals<p>The proverb "the road to Hell is paved with good intentions" carries two meanings. Firstly, it's about procrastination – about all the things we mean to do and never get around …

How 'forced' caesarean case became a story about social work

"Torment of the woman who had baby taken from womb" said one typical headline, as Essex social workers were pilloried by the media for apparently forcing an Italian mother to have a caesarean section. This should not come as a surprise – we have become accustomed to being "damned if we do, damned …

L.A. County social workers will return to work after 6-day strike

The child welfare workers who belong to SEIU Local 721 will resume contract talks with the county. Workloads are a key issue.<p>December 10, 2013|By Abby Sewell<p>Natalie Guerra, left, and Veronica Luna, with bullhorn, take part in protest… (Mel Melcon, Los Angeles…)<p>Los Angeles County social workers will …

Social Work

Sharon Shoesmith: Social workers should not be blamed for child murders

Child protection professionals should stop blaming themselves for tragedies, says former head of Haringey children's services<p>Social workers should not be held "morally responsible" for the murder of children, the former Haringey children's services director Sharon Shoesmith has said.<p>Shoesmith, who …

Choosing Social Work as a Transgender Career

I am about to enter into the last semester of my Bachelor of Social Work program at Washburn University in Topeka. My focus is increasingly toward my future. As a soon-to-be, 56-year-old college graduate, there are many choices available to me; including entering the seminary, entering law school, …

Social Issues

What will 2014 hold for social work?

Lyn Romeo offers her predictions on the challenges and opportunities in the year ahead<p>Looking back at 2013, we have had some significant milestones in social work: the appointment of the first chief social workers for England, Annie Hudson taking up the role of the chief executive for the College …

How to get ahead ... as a consultant social worker

Michael Gove has endorsed the "Hackney model" of children and families social care as the gold standard in children's services. The model, where social worker units are headed by a consultant social worker working alongside a clinical therapist and a co-ordinator who is responsible for admin, has …

Social work needs positive news stories – why are they so hard to tell?

Negative media coverage causes high staff turnover and a barrier of mistrust – it's time to change public perceptions<p>It seems that most people only think about social work when the media runs another story about a child dying at the hands of their neglectful or abusive parents. Every time, the …