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Bradford applied social studies course: lessons from the class of '78

In 1978, graduates from the University of Bradford applied social studies course set out on their careers. They went on to be leaders in children's services, inspectorates, NHS services and in developing international welfare systems. Class of '78 alumni reflect on how their training prepared them for social work practice and whether what they learned is still relevant today.

Five steps to keep social workers safe

Social workers support people in challenging circumstances, but being subject to abuse and violence is never acceptable, so it is important that employers and staff take steps to ensure practitioners' safety.

Managing risk in children's homes

Risk management is an important element of practice in children's homes. Here Ofsted's national director of social care Yvette Stanley tells Jo Stephenson about what the regulator is looking for from settings.

Forging Lifelong Links for children in care

The Lifelong Links model being tested in England and Scotland aims to establish and rebuild key relationships for looked-after children. Jo Stephenson spoke to authorities trialling the approach.

Special Report: Exploitation and Vulnerability

Amid rising concerns about child criminal and sexual exploitation, policymakers and service providers are developing intelligence-led approaches to protecting vulnerable groups and supporting abuse victims.

Recognising and Responding to Young People With Learning Disabilities Who Experience, or Are at Risk of, Child Sexual Exploitation in the UK

Findings from recent studies suggest there is an increased risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE) for young people with learning disabilities. However, there is a lack of evidence concerning how best to protect, identify and support these young people. This exploratory study aimed to address this gap by examining the identification of, and support for sexually exploited young people with learning disabilities.