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Free children from abuse and knife crime

By Nathan Ward |

30 April 2019

Throughout history, the social construction of childhood has changed, osculating between children being seen as angels in need of protection and demons in need of control.

Let practitioners solve today's challenges

By Andrew Webb |

26 February 2019

In 1939, George Orwell wrote: "We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men." Orwell was reflecting on the nature of power at the end of a decade that had witnessed widespread human misery.

Good record keeping is vital social work skill

By Alison O'Sullivan |

26 February 2019

When my husband had a heart attack last summer, I found myself reflecting on the importance of written records.

It was probably lonely this Christmas

By Howard Williamson |

02 January 2019

The festive season has come and gone and, I am sure, there were occasional moments when our eyes and thoughts turned - or were turned - to homeless people.

Right support vital to keep families together

By Jacky Tiotto |

27 November 2018

The Clear Blue Waterreport by England's chief social worker Isabelle Trowler and the University of Sheffield is a brave, compelling and defensible reminder of the care we have to take over life-changing decisions about whether and why we think a child should be permanently removed from their birth parents.

Early help must focus on the under-twos

By Paul Ennals |

27 November 2018

Every so often, a "landmark" report on early intervention is published.

Right culture is key to good social work

By Yvette Stanley |

26 June 2018

The media spotlight often turns to social care, and the last few weeks are no exception.

Councillors need to act now on child poverty

By Chloe Darlington |

24 April 2018

Child poverty was firmly on the agenda at the recent National Education Union conference.

Consign domestic abuse to the hall of shame

By Paul Ennals |

27 February 2018

Every now and again something in the world changes. After generations of people accepting one type of behaviour, something happens that moves the goal posts.

Children Act well-intentioned duty now unrealistic

By Jacky Tiotto |

28 November 2017

Often while walking between meetings my mind wanders back to the now familiar place it likes to pause: how to reconcile rising demand and reducing resource with high expectations that local authorities can and will minimise error in our child protection system.