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Social care: the route to qualification

Children's social workers: To work with children as a qualified social worker, staff must hold the BA (Hons) Degree in Social Work or an equivalent qualification. The degree courses have replaced the Diploma in Social Work programmes, although the diploma itself and its equivalents are still recognised as professional qualifications.

Adverse Childhood Experiences: Special Report

Research has shown that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can increase the risk of poor life outcomes, so policymakers and practitioners are developing new ways to prevent ACEs and support children at risk of them.

Four decades of adoption & fostering

Adoption and fostering charity CoramBAAF celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2020. As another year gets under way key figures from the organisation reflect on past achievements and priorities for 2021.

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.

The team you call out in a crisis

Liverpool's Instant Response Team works with families to help stop children going into care, winning the 2017 CYP Now award for public sector children's team of the year. Tom de Castella followed them on a typical day.

Beating burnout

Former social worker Mike Bush, now a consultant and trainer on mental health in the workplace, advises managers on strategies to help their staff avoid "burning out" and leaving the profession.

Raising ambitions for care leavers

Care leavers are more likely to struggle to access education, employment and training opportunities. Joe Lepper looks at the challenges and highlights areas helping young people to achieve their goals.