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Opinion: Who carries the can when things go wrong in childsafeguarding?

What did you think last month when you heard that the Prime Minister of South Korea had offered his resignation in the wake of the ferry disaster? I don't suppose anybody thought that the PM had been at the helm of the ship that sunk, or that he could personally be held to blame for any lapses in the training of supervision of the ferry. But the culture in South Korea expects that those in highest authority carry responsibility for anything that goes wrong.

Opinion: Learning by doing has more impact than learning by rote

Here's an admission: I've recently come to the view that what I've believed for a long time about how I work is, if not wrong, woefully incomplete. Worse, I've always known this, subconsciously, but have ignored it because it did not fit my prejudices. For years, I have been promoting the need to understand the legal basis of what we do. I am one of the sad people to have read the year 2000 study on the law of education and the role of the local authority, from preface to appendices. I was one of the few students attending the lectures on education law during my Postgraduate Certificate in Education course.

Blame games make the job of a DCS untenable

Last Friday, the Reading Post published a story about how children's services in the town received only one application for each of the three senior social worker jobs it advertised. On the same day, the Coventry Telegraph reported that 30 demonstrators had gathered outside the city's town hall calling for more action to be taken against the agencies involved in the Daniel Pelka case.

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