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£5m boost for school social work projects

Community Care

Projects testing the impact of social work support for schools have received a £5m boost, extending their lifespan until the summer. The schemes, which place social workers in schools and provide school designated safeguarding leads (DSLs) with social work supervision, respectively, were due to end last month.

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Violence in Schools

Gary Direnfeld

I have had several messages and conversations this week about violence in schools. If your child isn’t sleeping well at night or expresses fear about attending school, that may not be anxiety as you thought. Again, ask your kid about violence literally in the classroom, let alone the school yard. They were all unrelated.

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No evidence scheme placing social workers in schools reduces need for social care, says What Works

Community Care

A scheme placing social workers in schools does not reduce children’s need for statutory social care services, one of the largest ever randomised controlled trials carried out in the sector has found. We know that looked after children often need additional support in school. This difference was not statistically significant.

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School of Social Work Named #1 Social Work School in U.S.

Michigan Social Work

The School of Social Work has again been named the nation’s top social work school in U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 Best Graduate School rankings. Since 2012, our School has had the honor to be ranked # 1 in the nation.

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Government to create register of children not in school

Community Care

The government will create a register of children who are not in school following longstanding safeguarding concerns around home education. “The majority of [supportive] consultees suggested that under the current arrangements, a child not attending school is unknown and invisible to LAs and therefore potentially at risk of harm.

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DfE merges schools and children’s social care responsibilities under new minister

Community Care

The Department for Education (DfE) has merged responsibilities for children’s social care and schools under new minister Kelly Tolhurst. In line with previous ministers for schools, her role will be at the mid-ranking minister of state level, a more senior post than the junior ministerial status held by her five social care predecessors.

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Educational Assistants: First Responders in the School System

Gary Direnfeld

Even the school they attended was on the grounds of the treatment centre. Of course there was the promise of more money to assure appropriate supports both in their residences as well as in public schools. These were kids who due to their behavior could not be served in the community. Even some couldn’t go there.

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