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The 14 best books to read as a social worker

Save the Social Worker

What about in social work? Do social work books help us to become better social workers? But more than that, The Kite Runner is also a book that enables us to reconsider what we do as social workers. In a profession like social work, this matters. But I don’t have time to read!

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DfE to collect data on children’s social worker salaries

Community Care

The government will collect data on social workers’ salaries in its annual census of the local authority children’s services workforce in England. Councils may also supply data on recruitment and retention payments and additional top-ups to salary that they pay to individual social workers, though this is not mandatory.

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The social worker advocating for people with learning disabilities

Community Care

And last year, she was named the social justice advocate of the year at the Social Worker of the Year Awards for her work championing the rights of people with learning disabilities to vote. I felt strongly that our role as social workers was to look at what’s the biggest decision that somebody can be involved with.

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Social workers hailed in New Year Honours list

Community Care

Champions of asylum-seeking children and anti-racist practice, respectively, were among social workers recognised in the New Year Honours. Children’s practitioner Kirstie Baughan and adult safeguarding lead Shabnam Ahmed were garlanded in the annual list, alongside chief social worker for children and families Isabelle Trowler.

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More staff found to be practising illegally as social workers, says regulator

Community Care

An increasing number of staff have been found to be practising illegally as social workers, the regulator has said. Social Work England issued the warning on the back of an increase in cases referred to it about people misusing the title ‘social worker’, which is protected in law.

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Government readvertises chief social worker post at higher salary

Community Care

The government has readvertised the chief social worker for adults position at a higher salary , six months after it started recruiting for a successor to Lyn Romeo. Having qualifications that meet the requirements to register as a social worker with Social Work England.

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‘Hundreds of social workers left in limbo’: BASW and unions urge action on fitness to practise delays

Community Care

Hundreds of social workers in England are being “left in limbo”, often unable to work, because of long and increasing delays in fitness to practise (FTP) cases. Information that could clear the social worker was “not considered or overlooked” even when drawn to the attention of investigators, the bodies added.